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Gupta Painting Fetches Double Estimate as Indian Art Revives

A Subodh Gupta oil painting showing three bicycle-riding doodhwalas, or milk sellers, sold for more than double its estimate at an online auction as demand revived for Indian artists.

The untitled work by Gupta, 46, in the semi-photorealist technique, had a presale high estimate of $240,000 and sold for $494,500 at the auction by Saffronart yesterday. A work by Syed Haider Raza titled “La Provence Noire,” fetched $746,111. Raza, 88, graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris.