The sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art totaled $7,242,500 /£4,345,500 /€5,214,600.
Deepanjana Klein, Head of Sale, South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art, New York, commented, “This sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art demonstrated a tremendous amount of international interest, with buyers of the top lots bidding eagerly from around the globe for these significant works. The top lot of the sale, Syed Haider Raza’s La Terre, sold to an American collector for $3.1 million, the second highest price for the artist at auction.” Hugo Weihe, International Director of Asian Art and International Specialist Head, South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Department, New York, added, “The Shelley Souza Collection performed exceptionally well and saw the institutional participation, cementing Francis Newton Souza’s reputation as one of the greatest figures in Indian Modernism. It was truly a rare opportunity to acquire these exceptional works, many of which have never been seen before. The enthusiasm in the room, on the phone, and via Christie’s LIVE™ led to a combined total of $10 million for the category of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art this season.”