Who: Self-portrait of Amrita Sher-Gil
Where: In London
What: Sold for 17 crore rupees
When: 8 October 2015
An untitled self-portrait of renowned modernist painter Amrita Sher-Gil was sold for around 17 crore rupees in London at an auction by international auction house Sotheby’s on 8 October 2015.
The eminent painter had created the self-portrait in 1931 and gave it to French artist Boris Taslitzky.
In addition, the Modern and Contemporary South Asia Art auction, a part of the Indian Art Week in London, fetched record-breaking prices for the works of four artists Gagendranath Tagore, Prodosh Das Gupta, Gieve Patel and Nasreen Mohamedi.
Amrita Sher-Gil, also known as India’s Frida Kahlo, was born to a Punjabi Sikh father and a Hungarian Jewish mother on 30 January 1913 in Budapest, Hungary.
She was considered as one the most remarkable woman painter of the 20th century India, whose legacy stands at par with that of the Masters of Bengal Renaissance. She was also the most expensive woman painter of India. She died on 5 December 1941 at the age of 28 in Lahore, Pakistan.