Iranian Artists at Christie’s 2014 Dubai Auction [Part II]

Tanavoli - The Last Poet of Iran

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.

Tavoos reports:

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!