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Nirav Modi’s Rolls Royce Ghost, diamond watch and paintings to go under hammer

Nirav Modi’s seized art collection on display at a gallery in Mumbai. Assets including paintings, watches and handbags will be auctioned on Thursday.

Nirav Modi’s seized art collection on display at a gallery in Mumbai. Assets including paintings, watches and handbags will be auctioned on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

Saffronart said there will be a live auction of 112 assets, which will be followed by an online auction for 72 items.

Rare paintings, exquisite wrist watches and luxury cars belonging to fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi will be auctioned from Thursday.

The sale of 112 assets is being done by Saffronart on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) through a live auction, which will be followed by an online one for 72 items. Modi, who has allegedly defrauded State-run Punjab National Bank of over ₹14,000 crore, is currently lodged in a British jail.

 

Saffronart, which had conducted an auction of some artworks belonging to Modi in March last year to fetch over ₹55 crore, said there will be a live auction of 112 items on Thursday, which will be followed by an online auction next week.

 

A 1935 painting by Amrita Sher-Gil titled “Boys with Lemons” is expected to be the biggest draw at the live auction on Thursday, and could fetch anywhere between ₹12-18 crore, while a 1972 piece from modernist M.F. Hussain is also expected to draw a similar price, Saffronart said.

Other art pieces to be sold include works by V.S. Gaitonde, Manjit Bawa and Raja Ravi Varma, it said.

Rare timepieces, including a Jaeger-Le Coultre Men’s ‘Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2’ Limited Edition Wristwatch that can fetch up to ₹70 lakh, a Patek Phillipe ‘Nautilus’ Gold and Diamond Wristwatch that is also estimated to fetch up to ₹70 lakh, will also go under the hammer.

Among the luxury cars, a Rolls Royce Ghost, which will also be up for grabs for bidders on Thursday, is expected to fetch up to ₹95 lakh, it said, adding the car is ideal for long distance travel.

The sale will also feature branded handbags, including from the iconic Birkin and Kelly lines by French luxury goods manufacturer Herm賬 which are expected to fetch up to ₹6 lakh a piece.

The online auction will be conducted on March 3 and 4, and will have 72 items including a Porsche Panamera S car which could be sold for up to ₹15 lakh, the auction house said in the statement.

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