London: Rare paintings by Rabindranath Tagore, MF Husain and Jahangir Sabavala, so far based in private collections, are due to be auctioned at the
annual summer sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian art by auctioneers Bonhams in London on Thursday.
The sale includes works by well-known Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan artists, including SH Raza, Jamini Roy, Avinash Chandra, FN Souza , B Prabha, George Keyt, Sadequain, Jamil Naqsh and AR Chughtai.
The paintings have been sourced from private collections in Europe and the US, Bonhams said.
The highlight of the sale is the serene work by one of India's foremost modern artists Jehangir Sabavala, Vespers I (reserve price: 100,000-150,000 pounds).
It is considered one of Sabavala's most important works, representing a key period of transition in the artist's oeuvre.
The painting was first exhibited at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, and then at his solo exhibition at the Commonwealth Institute, London.
Souza's important work, 'Still Life with Fish and Bread', is estimated to sell for between 100,000 and 150,000 pounds. The painting comes from a private collection in the West Coast of the US, where it was part of a larger Modern British Art collection including works by Henry Moore, Elizabeth Frink and Lynn Chadwick.
Another major work in the sale is Husain's The Blue Lady (reserve price: 70,000-90,000 pounds), which is from the private UK collection of John Hay. The work was acquired from the Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi, in the mid 1950s.
The Blue Ladywas presented to Hay's mother, Elizabeth Partridge, a foreign correspondent, by her sister as a wedding present in India.
The auction will also present the largest group of works by Pakistani artists to ever come under the hammer at an international auction.
Gulgee's 1965 work titled Buzkashi (reserve price 15,000-25,000 pounds), which depicts Afghanistan's national sport, is one of the highlights of this section.