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 online estimate form, to receive your complimentary evaluation.
Since establishing the market for this category in 1995, Sotheby’s has achieved outstanding results for South Asian artists. Over the past decade, works by Maqbool Fida Husain, Francis Newton Souza, Sayed Haider Raza, Tyeb Mehta, V.S. Gaitonde, Akbar Padamsee and Bhupen Khakhar, have sold for more than $1 million in Sotheby’s auctions, demonstrating the rising interest in this category.
Our sales in the past year, in London in September 2020 and New York in March 2021, have dramatically outperformed our international competitors. With a combined sale total of $13.2 million, 68.5% of lots selling over the high estimates, and 17 World Auction Records, these two sales have achieved outstanding results for our consignors and shown our leadership in this global market.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell modern and contemporary South Asian art?Sotheby's Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art auctions attract collectors, academics, museum curators and new buyers from around the world. Our auctions, held in New York in March and London in October, present a visual commentary on South Asia and demonstrate the richness of the region’s art and design. Sotheby's is leading the way for the South Asian modern and contemporary art market, so there has never been a better time to consign your work with us.
- Which modern and contemporary South Asian artists does Sotheby's sell at auction?Sotheby's includes works by many modern and contemporary 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 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 and Tyeb Mehta. We also offer leading South Asian contemporary artists, and in recent sales, have sold and achieved world auction records for rarer and lesser known artists that have been previously underrepresented.
- Why is Sotheby's the best place to sell modern and contemporary South Asian art?Sotheby’s is the leading international auction house in modern and contemporary South Asian Art. The exceptional results in our recent sales signal the rising interest in this global market and our unrivalled expertise and market intelligence in this field. Our sales offer exciting artworks sourced from collections across the sub-Continent and globally by a worldwide team of specialists, and provide an opportunity for young and seasoned collectors to acquire museum-quality works from a variety of categories such as 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 South Asian 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.