New Delhi: As many as seven lots of Taj Mahal memorabilia will be up for sale at UK auction house Bonhams' 'India and Beyond: Travel and Photography' sale in London on Tuesday.

The centrepiece of the auction is the first printed depiction of the Taj, with an estimate of 30,000-35,000 pounds. It is included in a volume of aquatint views of India by William Hodges who travelled through the country in the
1780s executing drawings on the spot.

The Taj appears in the background of a view of the Fort of Agra suggesting that Hodges was more interested in the military installation than the building which in future generations came to symbolise eternal love. This is one of the most important books of aquatints of India.
   
The volume is part of an extensive collection of books, photographs and prints about India put together privately over 25 years which makes up the greater part of the sale.

Also on sale are a chromolithograph (400-600 pounds) of the Taj, a collection of upwards of its topographical and architectural view (400-600 pounds), and album of albumen prints of the structure (1,000-1,500 pounds), and three other views of the monument of love built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

Other lots include rare prints and books and numerous groups of early Indian photography and albums.

(Agencies)