The Auction House

Overview-img Established in 2007 by: Maher Dadha (industrialist, art collector, and publisher of the book ‘Views of India – Art of the British Raj’), his sons Ankush Dadha and Apoorva Dadha, along with Charu Sharma (auctioneer and commentator), HRH Gaj Singh II (Maharaja of Jodhpur and convener of Marwar INTACH), Rukmini Varma (great-grand niece of Raja Ravi Varma), Bob Hayton (international auctioneer and decorative arts specialist), and Savita Apte (world-renowned Modern and Contemporary Indian Art specialist). Bid & Hammer’s team of directors, advisors, and specialists have a wealth of international experience with a deep understanding of the complexity of the Indian market. At a time when the burgeoning Indian auction market was synonymous with Indian paintings, Bid & Hammer began with the objective of developing the Indian art and auction market beyond paintings. We did this by introducing the concept of generalist as well as specialist auctions, covering not only Modern and Contemporary Art, but also Company School paintings and drawings, miniatures, jewelry, English and Indian silver, antique swords and daggers, period furniture, antiquarian books, maps, prints and photographs (ABMPP), carpets, rugs, tapestries, cricket memorabilia, and a host of other decorative works of art and collectibles – a first for any auction house in India! Read more