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Tyeb Mehta

Tyeb Mehta is an Indian artist from Mumbai. Born in 1925 in Kapadvanj, a town in the Indian state of Gujarat, he holds the record for the highest price an Indian painting has ever sold in a public auction ($317,500 USD or 15 million Indian rupees) for Celebration at Christie's in 2002. In May 2005, his painting Kali sold for 10 million Indian rupees (approximately equal to 230,000 US dollars) at Indian auction house Saffronart's online auction. A reinterpretation of the tale of Mahishasura by Mehta showing Durga locked in an embrace with Mahisha sold for $1.584 million.

In December 2005, Mehta's painting Gesture was sold for 31 million Indian rupees to Ranjit Malkani, chairman of Kuomi Travel, at the Osianís auction. This makes it the highest price paid by an Indian for Indian contemporary art at an auction in India.
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