Yamini Mehta joined Sotheby’s in 2012 after a 14-year career at Christie’s where she helped to establish the Indian art department in New York in 1998. She was appointed as Specialist and Head of South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art at Christie’s in June 2005. In her role Ms. Mehta expanded and oversaw the international sales of South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art in New York, London, Hong Kong and Dubai.
Ms. Mehta provides trusted advice and serves in a client and business development capacity with Sotheby’s highest echelon of collectors. As the prior Head of South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art sales at Christie’s, she has overseen the consignments and sales of numerous record works as well as the highest sale totals ever to be achieved in the field (September 2006, $17.8 million; June 2010, £12.5 million). Notable works that Ms. Mehta has secured for auction include: Saurashtra by Syed Haider Raza which holds the record for any modern Indian work of art at £2.4 million, sold in 2010; Birth by Francis Newton Souza which achieved the record price of £1.27 million in 2008; N. S. Harsha’s Mass Marriage which achieved a record for the artist in Hong Kong of HK$ 6,480,000 in 2007; and Subodh Gupta’s Untitled stainless steel installation, which is a current record achieved in 2008 for sculpture at £601,250, amongst many others. She has also expanded the number of contemporary artists included into auctions working with the region’s best known art galleries, collectors and curators.
She comes with a wealth of experience bringing access and knowledge of the market to the field.