Mumbai: Manjit Bawa’s ‘fake’ painting withdrawn from auction

The online auction, which began Monday, is scheduled to go on till 8 pm.

Written by Pooja Pillai | Mumbai | Updated: March 22, 2016 5:27 am

After a Dubai-based art gallery owner challenged the authenticity of a Manjit Bawa painting, which was to have been on sale as part of auction house AstaGuru’s online Modern Art Auction, the work in question was withdrawn from the sale by the auctioneer. The online auction, which began Monday, is scheduled to go on till 8 pm.

In a statement sent over email, Vickram Sethi, chairman of AstaGuru.com said, “The painting has been withdrawn from the auction as a matter of abundant caution and that does not mean that the painting is a fake…It is normal practice with auction houses across the world to withdraw works on which a doubt has been raised.” The painting under question is an untitled oil on canvas work from 2001 and belongs to Harsh Singh, owner of Delhi-based Progressive Art Gallery.

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