The most expensive Indian paintings ever sold

Indian artists have only really risen to prominence in the past few years. In what has been a bit of a gilded period, records have been shattered repeatedly as their paintings were auctioned for sums the general public might deem nothing short of ridiculous.

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”

The adage might be hackneyed, but it’s befitting in the case of art.

I mean, let’s face it. Is there anything more subjective than artwork?

It might be “a stunning portrayal of death in its purest abstract form” for one, and “Yeh kala sa, ajeeb sa drawing kiska hai bhai” for another.

There are cases, however, where beauty needs to lie not just in the eyes of the beholder, but also the cheque holder.

Indian artists have only really risen to prominence in the past few years. In what has been a bit of a gilded period, records have been shattered repeatedly as their paintings were auctioned for sums the general public might deem nothing short of ridiculous.

“But wait, how’s it ridiculous?”, you ask? Well, let’s just say that the cheapest painting on this list would cost you just a shade under 17 crore bucks.

While you have wet dreams about what not you could do with 17 crore Gandhis, we’d like to remind you that we curate artwork too (although ours is usually wayyyyyyyyy cheaper than 17 crore).

Today, though, we’ve curated a splendid list of the most expensive paintings ever sold by Indian artists, starting with…


10 — Saurashtra

Artist: S.H. Raza
Year painted: 1983
Year sold: 2010
Price: Rs. 16.51 Crore


9 — Man and Woman Laughing

Artist: F. N. Souza
Year painted: 1957
Year sold: 2015
Price: Rs. 16.84 Crore


8 — Untitled (Self Portrait)

Artist: Amrita Sher Gil
Year painted: 1931
Year sold: 2015
Price: Rs.17.51 Crore


7 — Untitled (Falling Bull)

Artist: Tyeb Mehta
Year painted: 1999
Year sold: 2014
Price: Rs. 17.54 Crore


6 — Untitled

Artist: V. S. Gaitonde
Year painted: 1982
Year sold: 2015
Price: Rs. 18.15 Crore


5 — Untitled (Self Portrait)

Artist: Amrita Sher Gil
Year painted: 1933
Year sold: 2015
Price: Rs. 18.28 Crore


4 — La Terre

Artist: S.H. Raza
Year painted: 1973
Year sold: 2014
Price: Rs. 18.61 Crore


3 — Mahishasura

Artist: Tyeb Mehta
Year painted: 1994
Year sold: 2013
Price: Rs. 19.78 Crore


2 — Untitled

Artist: V. S. Gaitonde
Year painted: 1979
Year sold: 2013
Price: Rs. 23.70 Crore


1 — Birth

Artist: F. N. Souza
Year painted: 1955
Year sold: 2015
Price: Rs. 26.90 Crore

Rameez Shaikh

Rameez Shaikh is a twenty-three year old writer. With a degree in journalism to his name, he's an aspiring author with an absolutely astounding admiration for alliteration. Leisure propels him to read, dance, pen fiction and gloat about himself in third person. On weekdays, he works as a features writer. On weekends, he's a Manchester United fan.

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    Sagar Patil June 07, 2017

    wow! very impressive prices.

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