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Updated: August 21, 2010 15:36 IST

Now bid for modern art online

Jiby Kattakayam
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Works of several prominent Indian artists will go “under the hammer” at an online auction of modern Indian art at www.astaguru.com on August 26 and 27. AstaGuru is an online auction house set up by Vikram Sethi in 2008 with the aim of bringing rare and exciting Indian art to collectors the world over.

The works of M.F. Husain, Anjolie Ela Menon, Satish Gujral, Krishen Khanna, F.N. Souza, S.H. Raza, T. Vaikuntam and B. Vithal to name a few artists are available for bidding on the website. The auction starts at 10 a.m. IST on August 26 and closes at 9 p.m. IST on August 27.

The lots on auction are viewable on the website. Select works are also on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Mumbai.

The catalogue on the website lists the opening bid. Once a buyer has identified the piece to bid on, the person can click on the “Bid Now” button to confirm his/ her bid. The next valid bid is a 10 per cent increment over the current valid bid.

To bid on astaguru.com, prospective bidders will have to register on the website and have their credentials verified. Bids can be placed in US dollars or Indian rupees. Once a bid has been placed, it cannot be cancelled.

Some of the works on display are Anjolie Ela Menon's “Man with Heart of Gold” and “Woman with Fruits”; M. F. Husain's “Portrait of a King” and “Krishna”; F.N. Souza's “The Pliers”, “Hill Station Road”, “Prakrithi” and “Earth” and Jehangir Sabavala's “Crucifixion”. Winners will be notified over email after the auction is closed.

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