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No more Husains

The economic consequences of the death of an artist

Maqbool Fida Husain was, like many artists through history, born in relative poverty and died, like the few that have been fortunate, in absolute wealth. This newspaper's columnist and art critic Kishore Singh has estimated that Mr Husain may have left behind over 20,000 works of art whose estimated value could add up to a handsome sum of '4,000 crore. When he passed away on Thursday, at the ripe old age of 96, Mr Husain interrupted the supply side of the equation. Henceforth, the value of a Husain will be determined by demand and fancy. There will be no more Husains, except the odd ...