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    Amrita Sher-Gil, who lived from 1913 to 1941, was born in Budapest, Hungary before she moved to India for a short while. Her works have become highly coveted since her death.

    The work of Hungarian-Indian painter Amrita Sher-Gil continues to make waves long after her death in 1941. A rare portrait – measuring almost two metres tall – of her Hungarian husband Victor Egan fetched a whopping $1.53 million at AstaGuru's recent Modern Indian Art online auction from 19-20 December. 

    The oil painting was a parting gift to her husband's family, after the couple decided to move from Hungary to India in 1939, and then to Pakistan's Lahore in 1941.

    ​The painting, which shows her army doctor husband in his uniform, generated a lot of hype in the auction and witnessed “impressive bidding” before it was bought by art collector Manoj Israni. The work is so valuable because it is a rare window into the artists’ personal life and had sentimental value. 

    In 2015, one of Sher-Gil's self-portraits was sold $2.92 million, a record amount for an Indian woman artist. Many of her paintings from the early 1930s are self-portraits in the European style. She also painted episodes from her life in Paris including still lifes, nudes, and portraits of her friends.


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