Sotheby’s announced the sale of a group of 12 paintings by Indian writer Rabindranatha Tagore which has provoked the annoyance and outrage of some Indian politicians, according to London’s Evening Standard:
The paintings, which have been described as being part of “India’s national heritage”, will go up for sale in London on June 15, and have been given a value of £250,000. Tagore was the first non-European to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1913 and is revered in India like Mahatma Gandhi. He finished more than 2,000 canvases before his death in 1941 aged 70. The 12 paintings to be auctioned by Sotheby’s are owned by Dartington Hall Trust, a charity based in south Devon. Dartington’s founder Leonard Elmhirst was a friend and secretary of Tagore, who gave him the paintings.
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