Shivajirao Gaekwar is Sotheby’s Deputy Director and Specialist for Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art in India. He works with collectors and advises new buyers of works of art in India. Shivajirao has been responsible for bringing a number of high value and important works of art to Sotheby’s auctions, some of which have achieved record prices, most notably Amrita Sher-Gil’s ‘The Little Girl in Blue’ which achieved a record price for the artist in India, and Sadanand Bakre’s Untitled which achieved the world record price for Indian modernist sculpture to sell at auction.
Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Shivajirao worked in the Modern and Contemporary Art team at Saffronart where he was responsible for establishing the first dedicated auction sales for important Indian design and classical Indian art, as well as Prime Properties, the first focused marketing platform for luxury high value real estate in India. He also led Saffronart’s forst live auctions of important design and classical Indian art.
Shivajirao has served on the boards of several educational institutions as a trustee, and currently sits on the Committee Honor of the Foundation Frison Horta in Brussels, Belgium. He gained a degree in South Asian history from the University of Cambridge, and a degree in law from the University of Mumbai. Some of Shivajirao’s interests include sailing, rowing, mid-century design, and vintage and classic motorcars. While at Cambridge, Shivajirao was part of the Trinity Hall Men’s rowing team and has represented Trinity Hall at a number of university races.