On 17th and 18th March 2015 Sotheby’s two sales of Indian Art brought the outstanding total of $16,632,875, comfortably exceeding the high estimate for the auctions. Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from the Estate of Dr. Claus Virch fetched $6,014,625 with exceptional prices for Indian miniatures, Indian sculpture, and Himalayan works-of-art. The total is the highest for a various-owner sale of Indian and South East Asian Works of Art during this March 2015 round of Asian Week auctions. The Claus Virch Collection which was compiled by the distinguished former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, achieved a combined total of $1,176,250, comfortably doubling the low estimate while A Very Fine Gilt Copper Alloy Figure Of Chakrasamvara And Vajravarahi, Tibet, 15th century realized $1,570,000, over twice the high estimate of $600,000.
Sotheby’s department of Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art is delighted to announce our upcoming auction on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 at 10:00am EST, during Asia Week New York. The auction will feature a curated selection of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain devotional, ritual and decorative works of art with storied provenance from the ancient region of Gandhara, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet and Mongolia. The sale will be led by an historic 11th Century Vajradhatu Mandala from Tibet, widely published and exhibited, and believed to be the earliest extent mandala to have survived from Tibet; as well an extraordinary and sensuously modelled 17th Century Indian bronze sculpture depicting Shiva in his form of Bhikshatana, “the enchanting mendicant”. Highlights include an elegant selection of Tibetan and Tibeto-Chinese thangkas and bronze sculpture; ritual objects; a very fine group of Gandharan schist, terracotta and stucco sculpture; medieval-period Indian and Southeast Asian stone sculpture; and a collection of fine Indian miniature paintings