Husain’s ‘Mahabharat’ takes winning record of $1.6 mn at Christie’s sale

March 21st, 2008 - 10:17 am ICT by admin  

New York, March 21 (IANS) M.F. Husain’s “Battle of Ganga and Jamuna: Mahabharata 12 (Lot 57)”, a painting executed in 1972-1971, set a world record at Christie’s South East and Contemporary Indian art sale Thursday. Estimated at $600,0000-800,000, the work was sold to an anonymous bidder for $1.6 million. Husain’s monumental work, a large diptych was made in the apex of Husain’s career and is a part of a series of 27 paintings he began for the 11th Sao Paolo Biennial.

The painting depicts a scene of the ancient Hindu epic “Mahabharata”, detailing the cosmic civil war between forces of right and wrong.

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