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Last week was part two of Christie’s “Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art” auction, which took place 21 October 2014 in Dubai. Out of a total of 121 lots, 31 of them were works by Iranian artists.
Christie’s reports that the auction had the highest sale total for the category since 2010, realizing a total of $12,510,875 from the $8.5 million estimate. 19 new artist records were set, including Iranian artists Bahman Mohassess and Koorosh Shishegaran.
Highlights of the last night`s auction include “Bergere a Alamein” an artwork by the Egyptian artist Mahmoud Said (1897-1964) sold for $869,000, “Nasser and the Nationalization of the Canal” by another Egyptian artist Hamed Ewais (1919-2011) sold for $557,000 and “Untitled” by Iraqi artist Mahmoud Sabri (1927-2012) which sold for $425,000.
The record for Iranian artworks sold at the auction was set by “The Last Poet of Iran”, a painting by veteran artist and sculptor Parviz Tanavoli sold for $365,000, followed by “Untitled” a painting by Sohrab Sepehri from his “Tree Trunk” series and an artwork by Farhad Moshiri entitled “Toothpicker” which both sold for $269,000. Works by other Iranian artists such as Ali Banisadr, Manoucher Yektai, Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi, Ali Shirazi, Leyli Matin-Daftari, Houshang Pezeshknia, and many others were also sold during the last night’s auction.
All in all, a great haul for Iranian and Middle Eastern art!