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Works of Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso in auction list.

Mumbai Masterpieces of Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, and Henry Moore's sculptures are among the works of 35 famous western artists on sale in an online auction on February 15 and 16.

With this auction, Saffronart, India's leading auction house, announces the first ever sale of international masterpieces to target India, where a developing interest in Western art has been fuelled by strong influences and art summits.

Featuring 73 works of impressionist and modern art worth $3.3-4.2 million, this landmark auction, which includes a wide variety of paintings, works on paper and sculptures of exceptional quality, will take place online at www.saffronart.com. A selection of lots from this auction will be previewed at Saffronart's galleries in New Delhi and Mumbai.

Leading the sale is van Gogh's 1885 masterpiece, Lane with Two Figures, estimated at $800,000-1,000000 which was painted in the Dutch village of Neunen in 1885, a pivotal year for the artist as he obsessively recorded his surroundings and the local farming community. An important work by one of the grand masters of impressionism -- Camille Pissarro -- will also be included in the auction.

The modern section includes several works by Picasso, including a vibrant oil painting titled Le Transformateur of 1953, estimated at $400,000-450,000. A large selection of his ceramics will also be on sale.

Marc Chagall, one of the most successful artists of the 20th century, features in the auction with a very large and impressive watercolour called L'Echelle au ciel (Ladder to the sky) estimated at $280,000-350,000.

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