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Overview: The Auction House

Established in 2007 by Maher Dadha (Director of the erstwhile ‘Tamil Nadu Dadha Pharmaceuticals Ltd’, art collector and also author of the book ‘Views of India – Art of the British Raj’) and his sons Ankush Dadha & Apoorva Dadha along with Charu Sharma (auctioneer & sports commentator), HRH Gaj Singh II (Maharaja of Jodhpur and formerly associated with Sothebys India), HH Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali Azim Jah (Prince of Arcot), Rukmini Varma and Savita Apte (Modern & Contemporary Indian Art specialist, formerly Head at Sothebys London) amongst others, Bid & Hammer’s team of directors, advisors & specialists have a wealth of international experience allied to a deep understanding of the complex dynamics of the Indian market.

At a time when the burgeoning Indian auction market was synonymous with Indian paintings, Bid & Hammer started with the objective of developing the Indian art and auction market beyond paintings by introducing the concept of generalist as well as specialist auctions covering not only Modern & Contemporary Art but also Company School Paintings & Drawings, Miniatures, Jewellery, English & Indian Silver, Antique Swords & Daggers, Period Furniture, Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Photographs (ABMPP), Carpets, Rugs, Tapestries, Cricket Memorabilia and a host of other Decorative Works of Art & Collectibles – a first for any auction house in India!

In sync with the Founder Chairman & Managing Director Maher Dadha’s vision, Bid & Hammer has established itself as India’s pioneer homegrown multi-category auction house and is known to have offered important works by prominent Indian artists such as Raja Ravi Varma, Antonio Xavier Trindade, F N Souza and M F Husain, besides iconic English artists J M W Turner, William Hodges and French illustrator Etienne Drian amongst others. The decorative sections have had works by Rene Lalique, Mappin & Webb, Dan Dailey (Daum) and T Manickam Chetty & Sons to name a few.

A traditional bricks and mortar auction house headquartered in Bangalore with previews and auctions also held in New Delhi, Chennai and Jodhpur, since our first ‘Floor Auction’ in 2008 we have come a long way and have also conducted ‘Live Online Only’ and ‘Silent Bids’ auctions and from July 2013 onwards have introduced ‘Timed Online Auctions’ as well as ‘Spot Sales’ to complement the thrill of our regular live physical auctions and thus cater to an even more diverse collector base.

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