Christie’s, one of world’s leading art business and a fine arts auction house, is auctioning several idols of Hindu gods and sculptures, stone works, miniatures at its auction of artworks in New York on September 16, 2008. The idols on sale range from the 1st century BC to 18th century AD. Bronze figure of Shiva as Nataraja, Vishnu, Skanda (Muruga), Ganesha, Goddess Durga, Goddess Ambika, Goddess Parvati, Kamadeva and idols of numerous other deities and paintings are part of the auction. Around 85 idols and paintings related to Hinduism will be auctioned by Christie’s on the day.
Most of these idols were stolen from
What is baffling is that nearly 60 Hindu idols and around 15 paintings of ancient
The costliest is Shiva Nataraja of Chola Period (975 AD), estimated at 1.5 million dollars from Tamil Nadu. ($1,000,000 - $1,500,000)
Some of the other prominent idols on sale are:
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