FOUR WORLD RECORD PRICES ACHIEVED FOR MODERN INDIAN AND PAKISTANI ART AT BONHAMS IN LONDON

The work of Indian and Pakistani artists made record prices at Bonhams, the international fine art auction house in London yesterday (21st May 2007).

A packed saleroom saw fierce bidding for work by Jamini Roy (India 1887 -1972), Sadequain (Pakistan 1937-87), Sakti Burman (India born 1935) and Jamil Naqsh (Pakistan born 1939). All broke their existing top prices to establish new world records for these artists.

Jamini Roy’s picture titled, `Musicians’, sold for £90,000 against an expected pre-sale estimate of £30,000 to £40,000. Previous top price for a Roy was £33,500.

Sadequain’s `Cactus’ made £57,600, significantly up on its £10,000 to £15,000 estimate. The previous top price for a Sadequain was £55,000.

Sakti Burman’s `Circus’ made £55,200 against an expected estimate of £10,000 to £15,000. This artist’s previous best price was £50,000.

Jamil Naqsh’s Blue Woman with Dove made £33,600 against an estimate of £15,000 to £25,000. His previous best was £28,800.

Claire Penhallurick, Head of Indian and Islamic Art at Bonhams said: “We were delighted with these prices. Making new world records for the artists whose work we deal in is one of the great pleasures of our work.”

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