Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Doha auction achieved the strong total of $15,199,750, solidly between the pre-sale expectations of $11.1/16.1 million, establishing the highest price for an auction of Contemporary Art in the Middle East region. The sale was 89.1% sold by lot. Records were set for nine artists, including a record for a living Arab artist. The top lot of tonight’s sale was Donald Judd’s Untitled (Bernstein 90-01), which sold – after an extended bidding battle among four people – for $3,525,000.
Robin Woodhead, Chairman of Sotheby’s International, said: “Tonight’s sale in Doha demonstrates unequivocally Qatar’s central role as a cultural hub of the entire MENA Region. Sotheby’s ability to attract bidding from collectors from 15 countries across four continents here this evening affirms the growing importance of Qatar in the international art world.”
Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the Contemporary Art auction to be held in Doha on 22 April 2013, which includes a selection of top calibre, museum-quality works by leading Middle Eastern and international artists. This elegantly curated sale features truly exceptional and outstanding examples of modern and contemporary art in various media, from installation to photography, sculpture and painting. Some of these works have already been exhibited at Sotheby’s previews in London, Jeddah and Dubai prior to the sale.
We look forward to welcoming you to our preview in Doha, which opens on 17 April 2013.