London: A life-sized elephant in a crouched position by UK-born Indian sculptor Bharti Kher fetched over £900,000 at an auction by Sotheby`s in London Monday evening.
"The Skin Speaks a Language not its Own" is one of the most talked-about works by Kher, said the auction house which expected it to fetch between £700,000 and a million pounds.
It ultimately went for £993, 250, just short of the high end target, at the Sotheby`s Contemporary Art Evening Auction.
It took Kher 10 months to create. Zara Porter-Hill, director and head of Sotheby`s Indian Art Department, said: "Despite our familiarity with elephants, nothing prepares the viewer for the emotional experience of seeing Kher`s elephant, huge and incongruous in the gallery space. With her head resting on her front foot, she is brought down to our level and her glassy black eye entreats a communion and proximity rarely encountered in the wild."