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By Tyeb Mehta
Oil on canvas (1982)
Size: 169.5 x 118.7 centimetres (69 x 47 inches)

Estimated price: $800,000-1,200,000On March 18, Sotheby’s New York will be offering an important selection of modern and contemporary South Asian art from the Amaya Collection. The auction will be the first Evening Sale in this category and will include seminal works by the modern masters Maqbool Fida Husain, Tyeb Mehta, Francis Newton Souza, Syed Haider Raza and Vasudeo Gaitonde.

The collection has been put together over the last 20 years by the connoisseur and collector Amrita Jhaveri. Many of the works have impeccable provenance and have been exhibited internationally and extensively published. Part of the proceeds from the Sale will be used towards supporting future art initiatives both in the region and abroad.

One of the highlights from the collection is a 1982 painting by Tyeb Mehta estimated at $800,000-1,200,000.This impressive canvas depicts a lone monumental figure, androgynous in form and placed against a dissected background. Mehta was a Dawoodi Bohra who grew up in the Muslim area of Bombay. Mehta was witness to the atrocities that took place during Partition and themes of suffering and marginalisation became central to his work.

This sale will offer collectors a unique opportunity to acquire this incredible painting as well other important paintings from the collection.

Sotheby’s The Amaya Collection Evening Sale will take place on March 19, 2013 in New York.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on February 17, 2013.