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Tyeb Mehta's 'Kali' sold for a record Rs 26.4 cr

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In a record-breaking sale at an online on Thursday, Tyeb Mehta's iconic "Kali" (1989) was sold at a whooping Rs 26.4 crore, setting a new record for the

The represents the eternal cosmic dilemma of the human condition: the battle of good and evil, creation and destruction.

The Summer Online by Saffronart, an in the art market, witnessed this sale.

"Modernist has tonight achieved a new world record at Rs 26.4 crore (approximately $4 million) with the sale of Untitled (Kali), 1989, at Saffronart's Summer Online Auction," said in a statement.

Mehta's previous world record was held by leading house Christie's. In May 2017, Untitled (Woman on Rickshaw), 1994, was sold at a Christie's auction for $3.56 million (Rs 22.99 crores).

The buyer then was

has not revealed who bought "Kali", with a saying that disclosing the identity of the buyer was against their policy.

"The sale of Tyeb Mehta's marks an important achievement in modern sales, and paves the way forward for of Indian art," Dinesh Vazirani, of told IANS after the sale was announced.

"In our 18 years as India's leading auction house, our focus has been to make the best of accessible to audiences around the world," he added.

Mehta's "Kali" is the largest of only three standing figures painted by the

It was once part of the art collection of the eminent theatre director,

Mehta, who spent most of his life in Mumbai, passed away there on July 2, 2009 following a heart attack. He was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 2007.



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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 22:48 IST