All Lots for sale are featured in this auction catalogue. The number listed next to each image is the Lot number and should be used as a reference during bidding or for any information requests. In addition to this catalogue, the Lots in this sale may also be viewed through any of the following:

  1. The Auction Previews
    The preview will be held on Friday, November 28, 2003 at the Saffronart Gallery. Please check the Sale Guide for information on the preview.

  2. The printed auction catalogue
    All Lots are featured in the print catalogue. You can order the catalogue online India: 1000 INR (inclusive of shipping and handling charges)
    International: US $ 40 (inclusive of shipping and handling charges)

  3. By Appointment
    To view any of the Lots in our office in Mumbai, India, please call us at (91 22) 2432 2898 / 2436 4113 or email to set up an appointment.

Price Estimates

Each lot has a price range listed. These price ranges, in the opinion of our advisory team, are indications of the fair value in auction for these works of art. The estimates are provided only as a guide for buyers. You may check the comparable auction prices of similar works of art through a link, which is listed next to each Lot in the online catalogue. Please note that the estimates for individual lots have been 'rounded off' for ease of reference and do not necessarily reflect the exact exchange rate used for bid calculations online. Price estimates for each lot are prepared well in advance of the sale and may be subject to revision. Estimates do not include the buyers premium or any applicable additional charges such as shipping, handling, insurance, duties or taxes.

How to Bid
  1. Pre-registration and Verification
    You must be registered and verified for the Saffronart auction in order to bid. If you are already a registered user, you will still have to pre-register for the auction and accept the terms and conditions of sale, but you may login and participate using your Saffronart login id. In order to pre-register fill out the pre-registration form online or call Saffronart. Once you pre-register, a Saffronart representative will verify your details prior to giving you bidding access. You will be sent an email confirming your bidding authorization along with your login id and password. Bidders are advised to pre-register at least 12 hours prior to the start of the auction so that bidding access is available at the start of the auction.
    If you are using an absentee/written bid form rather than participating actively online, we will complete the registration formalities for you. Saffronart will then email your login id and password to you, which you may use to visit the auction online.

  2. Entering an Online Bid
    Once you have identified the Lot that you would like to bid on, click on "Bid Now" and enter either the bid amount for regular online bidding, or a maximum price for proxy/automatic bidding (for more information, please see the section on proxy/automatic bidding below). Regular online bidding is essentially when you actively participate in the bidding process by entering the next available bid (or a higher value) each time you are outbid. Your screen will display the next (minimum) valid bid, based on a predetermined increment. You may enter a bid at that value or a value higher than the next valid bid. You may also view the entire bid history prior to making your bid decision. After you enter your bid it is advisable to view the bid history to verify that your bid has been recorded. Please note that bidders may be contacted during the auction for bid verification in order to protect all bidders and maintain the efficacy of the process.

  3. Entering an Offline/Written bid
    You can also place offline bids, by faxing the written bid form (in this catalogue) to (91 22) 2432 1187, or by sending an email to . For telephone assistance on offline bids, you may reach the help desk at (91 22) 2432 2898. Please note that telephone bids must be followed by an email or signed fax confirming the bid amount. Saffronart shall record offline bids at its discretion and shall not be responsible for any delay or failure to record such bids.

Bid Cancellation

Once recorded, neither regular online bids nor proxy/automatic bids may be canceled by the bidder. However, the bidder may choose to lower the maximum value on a proxy bid during the auction if the bidder's maximum (proxy) value has not yet been reached. Saffronart reserves the right to cancel a bid at its discretion if it considers it necessary to do so in order to protect the efficacy of the bidding process.

Bid Increments

Any new bid must be greater than the current highest bid by a minimum increment. Therefore, the next valid bid amount is the current highest bid plus the minimum increment value. This minimum increment will be indicated on the website's detail page for each Lot. The bidder may enter a value at the next valid bid amount or an amount higher than that.
Minimum increments are based on predetermined price slabs. The increment for a particular lot will increase each time the current bid crosses a pre-determined price threshold. For example, Bidder1 has the current highest bid at $980. If the minimum increment for bids below $1000 is $50, Bidder 2 can outbid Bidder 1 by entering a (regular online bid) value of $1030 (a $50 increment over the current highest bid at $980). However, now that the current bid is greater than $1000, the minimum increment increases from $50 to $100 and the next valid bid is $1130 ($100 increment over the current highest bid of $1030).
In order for Bidder 1 to outbid Bidder 2, Bidder 1 will now have to bid $1130.

Personalized Bid Notifications

You may choose how frequently you would like to be notified of a change on your bid status. After you have entered your bid, you can specify the types of automatic email bid notifications that you would like to receive, by clicking on 'My Page'. For example, you can specify that you would like notifications: (i) when you are outbid and (ii) 24 hours before the close of bidding.
Your personalized bid page, 'my bid summary' will display the lots that you have bid for as well as give you the status of your bids at any time during the auction.

Absentee/Written Bid Forms

You may use the absentee/written bid form in the auction catalogue or on the website, to place what is called a Proxy Bid. Proxy (or automatic) bidding lets you indicate a maximum bid amount, and authorizes the Saffronart's online auction module to place bids automatically on your behalf. The module places your bids at the minimum incremental rate (i.e. places the next valid bid) only if you are out-bid on a particular lot. The auction module will continue to place bids (at the next valid bid amount) on your behalf until your proxy maximum has been reached or until bidding closes on that particular lot. This is especially useful if you do not wish to participate actively, constantly monitor the bids being placed, or, are keen not to lose out on a particular lot as the auction comes to a close. Based on your personalized bid notification, you will receive an email if and when you have been outbid against your proxy maximum. If you are outbid on your proxy maximum and would like to continue bidding, you may login and enter a higher maximum proxy amount or a regular bid at the next available bid, provided that bidding for that lot has not closed.

How the Proxy/Automatic bidding works

As an illustration, let's examine a lot where the current bid is at $100, the current minimum increment is at $10 and bidder1 has just entered a proxy maximum price at $1000.
A bid will automatically be recorded on behalf of bidder1 at $ 110, making it the current highest bid.
If bidder2 outbids bidder1 by entering a value of $ 120, the Saffronart online module will again place a bid on behalf of bidder1 at the next incremented value of $ 130 (assuming that the increment stays at $10).
The auction module will continue bidding on behalf of bidder1 (as bidder1 gets outbid) until bidder1's maximum bid price of $1000 is reached or the bidding for that lot closes.

Reserve Price

Most lots in this auction are subject to a Reserve Price, which is confidential. The reserve price is the minimum price that the lot may be sold for. No lot will be sold below its reserve price in the auction and the reserve price will not exceed the low price estimate (see the price estimate section for more information). Reserve prices will not be disclosed.

Opening Bid

Bidding on all lots begins at the opening bid value. The opening bid value may be the system generated bid value of Saffronart's online auction software, or may be the first bid placed on behalf of a Prior Proxy Bidder at the system generated opening bid value.

Closing and Winning Bids

The closing bid for a lot is the highest bid at the time which a particular lot's bidding has ended. No further bids can be made after the close of the bidding for that particular lot. The closing bid is considered a winning bid, only if the bid exceeds the reserve price. If the closing bid on a particular lot is below the reserve price, it will not be considered a winning bid and the lot will be deemed unsold. However, if the closing bid belongs to a proxy bidder and is below the reserve price, but the proxy bidders' maximum bid price exceeds the reserve price, then the lot will be sold to the proxy bidder at the reserve price. The winning bids for all sold lots will be posted on the website after the close of the bidding.

Auction Closing

For your convenience, especially if you are bidding on multiple lots, groups of lots are scheduled to close at different times on May 8, 2003. Pre-determined groups of lots will close according to the bid closing schedule unless a bid is recorded within a span of 3 minutes prior to the lot's scheduled closing time. In this case, the lot closing time will be extended by 3 minutes from the time of the last bid. If this time extension takes place, bidding on any lot will only end if there is no bid recorded for a span of 3 minutes. Please refer to the bid closing schedule for closing times in multiple time zones of individual lots.

Buyers Premium
Saffronart charges the buyer a premium of 5% of the winning bid value. The purchase price for any lot, therefore, is the winning bid plus this 5% premium, which is also subject to any taxes and duties as applicable on this total amount.

Currency of Bidding and Special Lots

Bids will be placed in US Dollars (USD) or Indian Rupees (INR). However, only buyers in India may pay for their purchases in INR at the close of the auction. All other buyers must complete payment in USD.
Certain lots have been marked with the sign v. These Lots are not situated in India and therefore, may only be bid for and purchased in USD. Persons residing in India, wishing to bid in USD must be eligible under the various foreign exchange regulations to make payments overseas.
Certain other lots have been marked with the sign W. These lots are larger than the prescribed dimensions as stipulated by our logistics partners and will not be shipped out stretched and framed. Such lots will be only be shipped out either in a roll or unframed as appropriate. If you would like the stretchers and frames to be shipped with these Lots please send us a request at In this case there will be additional charges applicable and those will be determined after the close of the auction.

Condition of Lots

All Lots will be shipped out in an 'as is' condition. Condition reports for all Lots are available upon request by email, fax, or telephone. Saffronart shall not be responsible for, or shall not be liable for any Lot in respect of its condition to the extent that such condition has been recorded in the condition report or provided by the consignor for the condition report. Failure by a bidder to request a condition report shall also prevent Saffronart from being liable in this respect. All Lots are shipped out stretched and framed (condition reports include framing details), unless it has been specifically mentioned otherwise in the case of lots marked with the sign W . The condition report is limited to the painting itself and does not include the condition of the frame which will be shipped out 'as is'.

Tracking Bids

The bid history provided on the website page for each lot, will indicate the current highest bid and values that have been recorded since the start of the auction to the current highest bid. You may also view 'My Bid Summary' for bidding information on all the Lots that you have bid for in this auction. Note for ease of tracking, bidders are advised to assign nicknames to themselves on 'My Page'.


Completing the purchase

If you win a bid, you will be informed on email immediately upon closing of bidding on that particular lot. You will be sent a subsequent email after the close of the auction, which will contain an invoice for the winning bid and an invoice for the Buyer’s Premium (with payment options specified). You may review acceptable modes of payment described in the section below. If you are the winning bidder, you are legally bound to purchase the item from Saffronart. Please note that purchases will not be shipped out until payment has been received and cleared.

Shipping and Insurance

Price estimates do not include any packing, insurance, shipping or handling charges, all of which will be borne by the buyer. Shipping will be charged on courier rates and are determined by the size, weight and destination of the package. Bidders may, on the website, review an estimate of applicable additional charges for the lots during the auction. The additional charges for the current as well as the next highest bid may be reviewed, to help bidders make bid value decisions. Buyers may request reframing, restoration or cleaning of works, or may leave specific packing or shipping instructions. Any additional expense in such cases shall be borne by the buyer. Please note that insurance coverage is extended only to the painting and not the frames. Frames damaged in transit will not be reimbursed for by Saffronart.

Duties & Taxes

All duties and taxes applicable shall be borne by the buyer. An estimate of applicable charges for each lot and buyer destination may be viewed online.
Sales in India
Any sale that takes place within India is subject to a 15.3% sales tax on the invoice value (winning bid plus buyers premium and any additional charges as applicable). A central sales tax of 4% instead of the 15.3% will be applicable only if the buyer takes delivery of the Lot outside the state of Maharashtra, and can provide the necessary documentation required by the Sales Tax authorities.
International Sales
There could potentially be duties levied which typically range between 0-10% of the landed cost value (inclusive of shipping & handling), depending on the shipping address and vary according to customs regulations in the destination country. Any shipments to the EU countries or the UK, will be charged an additional 17.5% VAT on the landed cost. Shipments to the state of California (USA) will be charged sales tax upto 8.25% on the landed cost.


Buyers will be required to complete payment within a period of 7 business days from the receipt of the invoice via email.

  1. International Payments

    USD checks
    Make checks payable to: Planet Saffron Inc. and send them to:

    Planet Saffron Inc.
    751 S. Weir Canyon Rd 157 PMB 162
    Anaheim Hills, CA 92808 - 1800

    Wire Transfer:
    Details available upon request.

  2. India Payments
    Demand draft or cheque:
    To be made in favor of -

    Saffron Art Pvt. Ltd. Place: Mumbai
    Demand Draft or Cheque:
    To be made in favor of - (India) Pvt. Ltd.
    Place: Mumbai

Delivery/collection of purchases

Purchases are typically shipped out within 5 business days of the payment being cleared, however, there may be a delay in the shipping if the buyer requests a work to be reframed or unstretched (the costs of which will be borne by the buyer). If there is an expected delay in dispatch, the buyer will be informed of the delay via email, unless the buyer has indicated an alternative preferred mode of communication. The paintings are packed according to carrier standards and are fully insured (without the frames) for international destinations.

Buyers may choose to collect their purchases from the Saffronart office in Mumbai. In such cases, buyers are requested to make an appointment to collect purchases within 7 days of the auction closing, and once all payments and documentation formalities have been complied with.

Returns & Refunds

All purchases from this sale are final. If a painting has been damaged during shipping, please contact us at: and we will process your case as expeditiously as possible. In the unlikely event of your receiving a damaged product, please make note of the damage on the courier's copy of the air way bill, and a copy of the airway bill which the buyer retains. Also, appropriate remarks should be made on the delivery sheet (applicable) of the courier personnel making the delivery. Buyers must notify Saffronart directly within five days of receipt of the painting if there is damage. This will help in processing claims in a timely manner. Please note that Saffronart insures the painting against damage, but does not insure the frames. If you receive a damaged shipment, please call us at (91-22) 2432-2898, to report the damage or send a fax to (91-22) 2432-1187

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