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September 26, 2012

Historic Tipu Sultan painting to be auctioned in UK

London:British Auction house Mullock's are set to auction an array of Indian artifacts in the UK, some belonging to the period after the annexation of Mysore by the British, and also includes a famous painting depicting the death of former leader Tipu Sultan. The painting of Tipu Sultan (1750-1799), who was also known as the 'Tiger of Mysore', dates back to 1828 and is expected to fetch over 2000 - 3000 pounds. "We are excited about this sale as we have a number of important pieces relating to India ," Mullock's specialist Richard West-Wood Brookes said. Another highlight of the sale is an 18th Century watercolor painting of Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple by British artist, Lt James Hunter, who was a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery under Cornwallis during the Third Anglo-Mysore War, where the British and Company troops defeated the Tipu Sultan. The watercolor was published in the book 'Picturesque Views in the Kingdom of Mysore ' in 1804 and is expected to fetch between 600 - 800 pounds. Other notable pieces include several early books on Mahatma Gandhi, artifacts relating to the Sikhs and Punjab and historical documents relating to India The sale will takes place on Thursday, 27th September at Ludlow Racecourse, Shropshire , United Kingdom.

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