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The artworks include an important 3rd-4th century Buddhist Gray Schist sculpture from the Gandharan region and Kushan Period

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Mumbai March 31, 2017: An upcoming exhibition, followed by an auction here, will bring together some rare antiquities, fine arts and books.

Organised by the Osian’s Group, the forthcoming auction is titled “Indian Antiquities, Modern Contemporary Fine Arts and Books” and will be held on April 7. The Opening Preview Exhibition is scheduled for April 3 at Tao Art Gallery here.

Featuring in the auction will be top-quality artworks formerly from collections with impeccable provenance from India and abroad, which includes the personal and family collections of luminaries like the erstwhile Maharaja Vijay Singh of Rajpipla and family collection of Indira Gandhi, among others.

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The April 7 sale also features Indian antiquities mainly from important international collections, giving the Indian collector a rare advantage to bring back significant pieces of our artistic heritage.

The artworks include an important 3rd-4th century Buddhist Gray Schist sculpture from the Gandharan region and Kushan Period; a significant medieval Buff Sandstone Stele of Saraswati from the 12th Century to most important schools of Miniatures from the Indian belt (Deccani, Pahari, Mughal,Mewar and Company) and a small selection from our neighbouring countries, Nepal, Tibet, China and Sri Lanka.

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“An auction is an important trigger as it places monetary value on ideas and objects which most cannot fathom or understand, and in the process inspires building blocks to preserve, nurture and spread the ideas around those objects. It is time to deeply re-delve into the needs of India’s artistic heritage and build something truly great which allows us to share with pride the best of India’s cultural civilization,” Founder and Chairman of Osian’s Group, Neville Tuli said in a statement.

The Sale opens with 12 lots of Rare Books, catalogues and journals on the Indian Arts from the late 19th Century till the most recently published record of the 21st Century. (IANS)

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Bluefin Tuna Sold At an Auction for a Record $3 Million

Decades-old Tsukiji was one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations as well as the world’s biggest fish market.

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A prospective buyer inspects the quality of a frozen tuna before the first auction of the year at the newly opened Toyosu Market, new site of Tokyo's fish market, in Tokyo, Jan. 5, 2019. VOA

A 612-pound (278-kilogram) bluefin tuna sold for a record 333.6 million yen ($3 million) in the first auction of 2019, after Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji market was moved to a new site on the city’s waterfront.

The winning bid for the prized but threatened species at the predawn auction Saturday was more than double the 2013 annual New Year auction.

It was paid by Kiyomura Corp., whose owner Kiyoshi Kimura runs the Sushi Zanmai chain. Kimura has often won the annual auction in the past.

Japanese broadcaster NHK showed a beaming Kimura saying that he was surprised by the high price of tuna this year. But he added: “The quality of the tuna I bought is the best.”

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A prospective buyers inspect the quality of tuna before the first auction of the year at the newly opened Toyosu Market, new site of Tokyo’s fish market, Jan. 5, 2019, in Tokyo.

Prices above normal

The auction prices are way above usual for bluefin tuna. The fish normally sells for up to $40 a pound ($88 a kilogram) but the price rises to more than $200 a pound near the year’s end, especially for prized catches from Oma in northern Japan.

Last year’s auction was the last at Tsukiji before the market shifted to a new facility on a former gas plant site on Tokyo Bay. The move was delayed repeatedly because of concerns over soil contamination.

Fish face extinction

Japanese are the biggest consumers of the torpedo-shaped bluefin tuna, and surging consumption here and overseas has led to overfishing of the species. Experts warn it faces extinction, with stocks of Pacific bluefin depleted by 96 percent from their pre-industrial levels.

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It was paid by Kiyomura Corp., whose owner Kiyoshi Kimura runs the Sushi Zanmai chain. Kimura has often won the annual auction in the past. Pixabay

“The celebration surrounding the annual Pacific bluefin auction hides how deeply in trouble this species really is,” said Jamie Gibbon, associate manager for global tuna conservation at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

There are signs of progress toward protecting the bluefin, and Japan and other governments have backed plans to rebuild Pacific bluefin stocks, with a target of 20 percent of historic levels by 2034.

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Decades-old Tsukiji was one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations as well as the world’s biggest fish market. The new market opened in October. A few businesses stayed in Tsukiji but nearly all of the 500-plus wholesalers and other businesses shifted to Toyosu.

Tsukiji is scheduled to be redeveloped, though for now it’s being turned into a parking lot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (VOA)