A collection of 112 lots of prized assets belonging to absconder diamantaire Nirav Modi shall be put up for live and online auctions starting on February 27, officials said. These assets were seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the auction is an attempt to recover a part of the dues Modi owes to various banks.

The lots going under the hammer in two separate auctions would include major artworks by top contemporary and modern Indian artists, coveted luxury watches, handbags and cars.

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Nirva Modi during the inauguration of Nirav Modi Jewellry shop in Mumbai on March 14, 2015.IANS

First auction to be conducted by Saffronart

The first auction shall be conducted by Saffronart as the Spring Live Auction on Thursday (Feb. 27), followed by the Spring Online Auction on (March 3-4).

The first auction comprises around 40 lots including 15 artworks worth in crores of rupees, and the rest will go for auction next week, according to Saffronart. 

MF Husain paintings among assets

Leading the pack in the sale are works by MF Husain, Amrita Sher-Gil. They are: boys With Lemons' a 1935 masterpiece by Sher-Gil, - described as an aNon-exportable national art treasure' - and Husain's 1972 masterpiece battle of Ganga and Jamuna Mahabharata 12'.

Both these paintings are estimated to fetch between Rs.12-18 crores and Sher-Gil's work is coming in a public sale for the first time.

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(L-R) Naomi Watts, Nirav Modi and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the Nirav Modi U.S. Boutique grand opening at Nirav Modi Boutique on September 8, 2015 in New York City.Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

There is a 1972 VS Gaitonde's untitled painting estimated to sell between Seven-Nine crores, a 1992 untitled creation of Lord Krishna by Manjit Bawa for Rs. Three-Five crore, an untitled work by Raja Ravi Varma commanding between Rs.Two-Three crore, and a 1996 painting a Twenty-seven Ducks of Memory' by Arpita Singh for Rs.1.20-1.80 crore.

In the sub-crore rupees list are works by Ganesh Pyne, KK Hebbar, Vishwanath Nageshkar, Sudhanshu Choudhary and Shan Bhatnagar.

Rolls Royce,  Porsche and 2 dozen luxury items 

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A Rolls-Royce Ghost with advanced features, technology and comforts will also be on the auction (live) estimated at Rs.75-95 lakhs, besides a 2010 Porsche Panamera for between Rs.10-15 lakhs (online).

Over two dozen luxury items including watches worth millions of rupees like a rare Jaeger-LeCoultre Men's 'Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2' limited edition and a Patek Phillipe 'Nautilus' Gold and Diamond Wristwatch, shall also be on auction, both expected to fetch between Rs.55-70 lakhs each. The auctions will feature several top brands of handbags like Birkin and Kelly from Hermes, in the range of Rs. 3-6 lakhs.

The other items will be expensive personal collectables from Chanel, Piaget, Celine and Louis Vuitton, Cartier Asymmetric 'Crash' wristwatch, etc. Incidentally, prior to the ED, Saffronart had conducted an auction of seized items on behalf of the IT Department in March 2019 and sold items worth Rs. 54.84 crore.

(Inputs from wires)