Chat Ankush Dadha talks about his auctioning house and online portal
Most people look at auctions of art and antique pieces as an act of indulgence of art connoisseurs and collectors. Ankush Dadha, the director of Bid ’n’ Hammer, that auctions a wide category of products ranging from modern and contemporary Indian art, company school paintings and drawings, furniture, glass and lighting, jewellery etc. does not agree with that statement. “Auctions are meant for people interested in art and aesthetics. In many of our auctions, regular people turn up just to pick up pieces for their homes.”
Ankush’s appreciation of art came from his father, an art collector. “He used to bring in pieces from across the country. I used to observe him describing the merits of a painting or artefact and I picked up the skill over a period of time.” So how does the firm arrive at the value of an item? “We usually let people decide the value of products they buy/sell. We have a panel of experts who have an eye on the market, have been following these works. They also play a part in deciding a competitive price,” says Ankush.
Indians mostly pick up books, maps, prints and photographs about the colonial era. Indian and European silver and continental porcelain are also fairly popular. “In India, live auctions are just coming of age. Unlike the West, we do not hold too many shows. We also get many requests online on our website bidnhammer.com,” says Ankush.