It seems that art auctions have become quite a common practice in recent years not only within the region but also fast becoming very popular in the Malaysian art scene. Another art auction is going to set the stage and this time it would be by the KL Lifestyel Art Space which will be held on September 30 at the Nusantara Ballroom of the Sheraton Imperial Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
There will be more than 110 masterpieces which will come under the hammer during the event that will include artists from Malaysian and Indonesia. The price of the artworks are expected to fetch between RM10,000 to RM500,000.
The event is themed ‘Malaysia’s Inaugural Malaysian and Indonesian Modern and Contemporary Art Auction 2012’ where there will be sneak previews leading to the auction day. One will be in Kuala Lumpur before 29 of the works will be exhibited at the Alpha Utara Gallery on China Street in Penang.
Datuk Gary Thanasan, the chief executive officer of KL Lifestyle Art Space said that the exclusive auction took a lot of effort to plan and months to find the art pieces and part of the challenge was to get the owners and collectors to agree to sell their assets. This include Datuk Ibrahim Hussein’s ‘Fighting Cockerel’ acrylic on painting which is expected to fetch up to RM500,000, the 1963 ‘Satay Seller’ painting by Long Thien Shih and many more.
Thanasan is a popular television personality and was the host of the tv game show Lingo and also a lover of the arts. He is an avid art collector who expanded his passion from his first gallery in Tropicana City before the branch was opened in Bangsar. While he has been involved in several exhibitions, holding an auction surely is a whole new different challenge altogether.