New Delhi, Aug. 24 -- It's an important year for Christie's, which completes 25 years in India. And as part of its celebrations, it will hold its third auction of South Asian modern and contemporary art in New York next month.

Over the years, Christie's, which stopped live auctions in India in 2017 after global restructuring, has seen significant highs, including record-setting sales for Indian modernists such as V.S. Gaitonde and F.N. Souza.

The September sale will be notable for a special fund-raiser in which art will come to the aid of regional literature. Of the 105 lots on sale, 22 belong to the Columbia University Press, donated by artists, galleries and collectors to support a new bilingual project called The Library Of Bengali L...