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The 12 Tagores India may never see

A set of 12 paintings by Rabindranath Tagore will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London and have generated tremendous interest and controversy. Anxious Indians want them back, but it is not clear whether the Indian government has any plan to ensure the paintings return to Tagore’s country.

The 12 Tagores are the highlight of Sotheby’s annual Indian art sale in London. They have been housed in the Dartington Hall Trust in Devon for 71 years, since the time Tagore gifted these to his friends, the Elmhirsts, who have now decided to sell them. Tagore painted about 2000 works in the later phase of his life, 1500 of these are housed in Shantiniketan, West Bengal.

Sotheby’s describes these paintings, the reserve price of which has been set at 250,000 pounds, as a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to aquire this standout collection by the national poet. Read more…

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