, the worlds largest online fine-art auction house, presents Editions, third in a series of new 24-hour online auctions. This auction features 70 lots, including significant signed limited edition prints and photographs by Tyeb Mehta, V.S. Gaitonde, Zarina Hashmi, A. Balasubramaniam, Surendran Nair, Subodh Gupta and others. The total lower and higher estimates of this auction are 76.4 Lakh (US$ 175,830) and Rs. 1.07 Crore (US$ 231,660). The auction will begin on May 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm (IST) and will take place online at www.saffronart.com
The Editions 24-hour auction catalogue features a wide range of prints and photographs, offering collectors and enthusiasts, particularly first-time buyers, a chance to acquire artworks by well-known modern and contemporary Indian artists and photographers at attractive estimates, starting as low as Rs. 13,050 (US$ 300). The auction will be accompanied by online and mobile catalogues.
Printmaking, as we know it today, is an artistic method appreciated for its unique technical qualities and its immense visual vocabulary. Fine art printmaking is a process usually initiated in the creation of an image on a single original surface known as the matrix, which the artist manipulates using a variety of different materials and methods. These variations result in a range of markings, textures, colour effects and forms. In limited edition prints, the matrix is destroyed after the desired number of prints is taken. A 'limited edition' is formed when a set of editions are signed and numbered individually by the artist and the matrix is destroyed so no more editions may be made.
Saffronart launched its new 24-hour auction series in response to an increasing demand for quality works of Indian art. These condensed and thematic adaptations of Saffronarts more comprehensive annual seasonal auctions offer collectors and the trade more frequent avenues to access and sell art.
At Saffronarts last 24-hour auction Words and Lines, held in April 2011, 83% of the 90 lots on offer were sold, of which 48% comfortably exceeded their upper estimates. This new format of auctions, with no print catalogue or preview events and a short burst of online-only marketing, highlights the comfort and confidence which collectors of fine art have in Saffronarts online platform. Collectors may place bids at Saffronarts website or via Saffronarts proprietary Blackberry and iPhone mobile applications.
Highlights from Saffronarts 24-Hour contemporary Auction include:
Tyeb Mehta ( Lot 38)
Rs 4,00,000 - 5,00,000
USD 9,200 - 11,495
A Balasubramaniam ( Lot 33)
Limited from Unlimited II
Rs 3,00,000 - 3,50,000
USD 6,900 - 8,050
Shahid Datawala ( Lot 30)
Untitled (Car Series)
Rs 60,000 - 80,000
USD 1,380 - 1,840
Vivek Vilasini ( Lot 32)
Between One Shore and Several Others...
Rs 4,00,000 - 5,00,000
USD 9,200 11,495