South Asian Art Consignment
Wondering how much your Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, or Bangladeshi painting, sculpture, drawing or print is worth? Sotheby's specialists are here to help you understand the auction potential of your South Asian art. Simply submit images and information about your South Asian artwork through our easy-to-use and confidential online estimate form, to receive your complimentary evaluation.
The rising interest in Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, and Bangladeshi modern and contemporary art has been demonstrated by the successful sales of art by Maqbool Fida Husain, Francis Newton Souza, Sayed Haider Raza, Tyeb Mehta, V.S. Gaitonde and Akbar Padamsee, all of whose works have sold for more than $1 million in Sotheby’s auctions over the past decade.
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art sales at Sotheby’s worldwide, the Indian and South Asian Department began the year with a robust sale on March 16th in New York totalling $4.8 million – exceeding its $4.7 million high estimate, with a strong 91.1% of lots sold. This result marks the highest total for the category since 2017 in New York. Several notable auction records were established, including for pioneering Indian abstractionist Nasreen Mohamedi.Francis Newton Souza, Amrita Sher-Gil and Other Masters of Modern & Contemporary South Asian ArtLaunch Slideshow
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell modern and contemporary Indian art?Sotheby's Indian and South Asian Modern and Contemporary art auctions attract collectors, academics, museum curators and new buyers from around the world. Our auctions, held in Mumbai, London, and New York, present a visual commentary on South Asia and demonstrate the richness of Indian art and design. Sotheby's is leading the way for the South Asian contemporary art market, so there has never been a better time to consign your modern and contemporary Indian artwork.
- Which modern and contemporary Indian artists does Sotheby's sell at auction?Sotheby's includes works by many modern and contemporary Indian artists in our sales. If you know the artist of your work, or if it's unsigned, our specialists will be able to evaluate it and let you know if it's a good fit for one of our contemporary South Asian art auctions. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, artists that typically feature in our sales include Amrita Sher-Gil, Bhupen Khakhar, Maqbool Fida Husain, Sayed Haider Raza, Francis Newton Souza, Raja Ravi Varma, Satish Gujral, Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar, Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Zarina Hashmi, Bikash Bhattacharjee, and Tyeb Mehta.
- Why is Sotheby's the best place to sell modern and contemporary Indian art?Indian and South Asian paintings are in strong demand globally. Sotheby’s affirmed its commitment to South Asian modern and contemporary art by hosting its inaugural auction, “Boundless: India,” at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai in November 2018. Establishing Mumbai as a new selling location for Sotheby’s, the sale included exciting art sourced from collections across the sub-Continent and globally by a worldwide team of specialists. “Boundless: India” presented an opportunity for young and seasoned collectors to acquire museum-quality works from a variety of categories such as modern and contemporary South Asian art, photography, prints and design. Our specialists are well connected with the top collectors and buyers in the market, and we can help you sell your modern and contemporary Indian art for the highest price.
- How much does it cost to have Sotheby's appraise my modern and contemporary South Asian art?Our auction estimate valuations are complimentary and do not cost you anything. We review all submissions and provide valuations for contemporary Indian art we believe we can sell at auction. We will inform you if your sculpture, painting, or other work of art is not a good fit for a Sotheby's auction, and we will do our best to provide you with a recommendation of another venue to sell your South Asian artwork.
Sotheby’s is your best resource to sell Indian, South Asian and Southeast Asian Contemporary art such as a painting or sculpture by Maqbool Fida Husain, Francis Newton Souza, Sayed Haider Raza, Tyeb Mehta, V.S. Gaitonde, Ram Kumar, Shahzia Sikander, Rabindranath Tagore and Akbar Padamsee and other artists from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and other countries.