* Saffronarts spring online auction of contemporary Indian art in 2008 closed at a total sale value of over Rs 27 crore ($7.15 million), which was well above its total higher estimate of Rs 19.56 crore ($5.1 million). The top five in this sale were Surendran Nairs Doctrine of the Forest: An Actor at Play (Cuckoonebulopolis), going for Rs 2.12 crore ($558,969); Subodh Guptas untitled work going for Rs 1.81 crore ($477,250); Subodh Guptas Let Me Make My Damn Art, going for Rs 1.66 crore ($437,000); Jagannath Pandas untitled work going for Rs 1.34 crore ($353,625); and Shibu Natesans Each One Teach One, going for Rs 1.06 crore ($281,448).
* Osians Indian modern and contemporary art auction on March 18 saw J Swaminathans Mountain and Bird Series crossing the Rs 2 crore mark, Tyeb Mehtas untitled work going at Rs 1.98 crore. Ape Series, a painting by Rameshwar Broota went for Rs 1.68 crore, Landscape in Red by FN Souza at Rs 1.56 crore, an untitled painting by Ramkumar fetched Rs 1.05 crore and Subodh Guptas iconic Taxi-baggage series for Rs 81.60 lakh becoming his most expensive painting with a square inch rate of Rs 6,927.
* Bonhams modern and contemporary Indian, Arab, Iranian and Pakistani art auction held in Dubai in March 2008, had MF Husain, FN Souza, Jagdish Swaminathan, Jamini Roy as the top sellers. Souzas The Elder sold for 4,56,000, Swaminathans Mountain and Bird for $2,64,000 and an untitled painting by Ram Kumar for 2,40,000.
Compiled by Sulekha Nair