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Enforcement Directorate to auction Nirav Modi’s artworks, handbags and watches

An oil on canvas by M.F. Husain from his ‘Mahabharata’ series, seized by fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, to be auctioned by Saffronart.

An oil on canvas by M.F. Husain from his ‘Mahabharata’ series, seized by fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, to be auctioned by Saffronart.   | Photo Credit: Saffronart

Saffronart, the auction house chosen by the ED, will host a live auction on February 27, followed by an online auction on March 3 and 4

Saffronart, the auction house appointed by the Income Tax Department to auction fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi’s seized assets last year, announced a fresh set of auctions today, this time on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate. A live auction in Mumbai on February 27, followed by an online auction on March 3 and 4, will feature 15 artworks by significant modern and contemporary Indian artists, luxury watches, luxury handbags and cars seized from the fugitive businessman.

A 1935 masterpiece by Amrita Sher-Gil which will go under the hammer.

A 1935 masterpiece by Amrita Sher-Gil which will go under the hammer.   | Photo Credit: Saffronart

The auction last year had raised ₹54.84 crore, and Saffronart had handed over a cheque for the amount to the Income Tax Department in March 2019. The lot in the upcoming auction includes noteable pieces of art, like a 1935 masterpiece by Amrita Sher-Gil estimated at ₹12-18 crores; a significant oil on canvas by M.F. Husain from his ‘Mahabharata’ series estimated at ₹12-18 crores; a serene blue painting by V.S. Gaitonde from 1972 estimated at ₹7-9 crore); and a vivid red depiction of Krishna by Manjit Bawa estimated at ₹3-5 crore.

The range of wristwatches include a Jaeger Lecoultre Men’s ‘Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2’ Limited Edition wristwatch and a Gerrard Perregaux Men’s ‘Opera One’ wristwatch. Over 80 branded handbags are also included in the auction.

Saffronart CEO and co-founder Dinesh Vazirani, said in a statement, “Saffronart is working with the ED to assess and evaluate each item and put together the catalogue for both the sales, which includes a distinguished line-up of artworks by the likes of Amrita Sher-Gil, M.F. Husain and V.S. Gaitonde. The auctions also feature luxury collectibles — such as watches by Jaeger Lecoultre, and Birkin and Kelly handbags from Hermès — which are among the most popular luxury items internationally and witness great demand from celebrities and collectors.”

Select lots from the upcoming auctions will also be exhibited at the Saffronart gallery in The Oberoi, New Delhi during the India Art Fair at the end of January, informed the auction house.

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