DELHI: A still from Gangavataram (1937), the first talkie by and
the last film of father of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke was
sold at an auction here recently for Rs 102,000.
still was part of the Vintage Indian Film Memorabilia section
featuring Hindi Cinema's forgotten and Silent Era (Black &
White) memorabilia put on auction by Osian's Connoisseurs of Art.
proved to be a major landmark for the evolving film memorabilia
market and also showed the interest amongst people for film mementos.
has been a growing participation of international museums and
curators from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Singapore
in the bidding for vintage Indian cinematic heritage.
other highlights in this section were the Dilip Kumar set of photographs
at Rs 162,000 and Amitabh Bachchan with Rs 126,000.
sale of vintage Indian film memorabilia was part of the art auction
which fetched Rs 7,44,81,600 (90 per cent of value of the total
lower estimate and 60.5 per cent of total quantity).
recapturing of its leadership position by the Osian's Auction
House, the impending launch of its arts, culture and cinema search
engine - theosianama.com - and the forthcoming publication of
100 volumes on 'Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema' in collaboration
with Mapin Publishing, will mark the re-emergence of Osian's as
the pace setter in the Indian art and memorabilia market.
the successful completion of the 1st Osianama Series Auction,
Neville Tuli, Chairman, Osian's Group said "It is a slow
and steady rebuilding process for the arts and cultural artifacts
market. Without a strong Osian's it is very difficult for the
market to achieve stability and confidence given that every area
of arts and cultural infrastructure building is now linked to
Osian's activities, from auctions to publishing & design,
online search to museums, film festivals to conservation and archiving."