India, being slated as the next world power with a growth market has had its effects on the Indian art market too. In the recent years Indian Modern art has found favour with international collectors and investors. The increase in domestic affluence and in international interest in Indian art has given a substantial impetus to the Indian art market. The Indian Modern masters have evinced interest of the international art market and the growth has been quite phenomenal.
Of the $1 billion Indian art market, the modern artists contributed approximately 50-60 percent last year (2009). S.H.Raza, Tyeb Mehta, V.S.Gaitonde, M.F Husain, Amrita Shergil are the current auction house favourites of the Indian Modern art market. The paintings of these 5 artists form the top 10 most expensive Indian paintings sold.
S.H Raza’s Saurashtra has been the most expensive Indian painting auctioned. The painting was auctioned for $3.5 million by Christie’s in 2010. This is followed by F.N Souza’s ‘Birth’ sold for $2.5 million in 2006.
Here is a popular list of the top 5 most expensive Indian paintings ever sold. You will see that S.H Raza and F.N Souza dominate the list followed by Tyeb Mehta. (To see the top 10 images click here)
|Saurashtra S.H Raza, $3.5m|
|Birth F.N Souza, $2.5m|
|La Terre, 73 S.H Raza, $2.45m|
|La Terre, 85 S.H.Raza $2m|
|Untitled Tyeb Mehta, $1.84|