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Ravinder Reddy's 1980s goddess sculpture fetches 100K pounds at auction

The artist had gifted the sculpture to his teacher, John Wood, who was the assistant dean at Goldsmiths University.

, ET Bureau|
Jun 18, 2018, 08.25 AM IST
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Ravinder Reddy's 1980s goddess sculpture fetches 100K pounds at auction
The origin of an art piece influences its monetary value. Many such pieces, with a pedigreed provenance, are owned by famous personalities or in some cases, acquired in the form of a gift from the artist. The Untitled (Goddess) Ravinder Reddy sculpture, which was a part of a recent London auction at Christie’s, falls in a third category.

The art work, a sculpture of a nude woman made in the early 1980s while Reddy was a student at Goldsmiths University of London, fetched a cool 100,000 pounds at the auction.

However, it turns out, when Reddy completed this work, he wanted to bring it back to India. But he couldn’t, given the sculpture’s large size. So, he gifted it to his teacher, John Wood, who was the assistant dean at the varsity.

Eventually, Wood, who found the sculpture’s upkeep difficult, asked if any student would like to use it as a theatre prop. One person raised his hands. It remained with him for over three decades, before he finally put it up for auction.
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