Sotheby's 25 of April sale of 20th Century Art / Middle East achieved exceptional results and records for modern master works from across the region. A monumental and unique work from 1953 by Fahrelnissa Zeid achieved a staggering £992,750, which is a record price for the artist in London.
Bahman Mohasses melancholic Requiem Omnibus broke a world record for the artist with a final price of £584,750. The mesmerizing portrait from Egyptian master Mahmoud Said of Mme. Batanouni Bey achieved £392,750. New world records were achieved for Mahmoud Khalil and Fouad Kamel, and other works by modern masters, such as Etel Adnan, Manouchehr Yektai, Munir Al Kazi and Faiq Hassan, exceeded their pre-sale estimates.
Following the successful relaunch of our Arab, Iranian and Turkish art sales in London in 2016, and the first-ever single owner Iranian Art sale sold at auction, Sotheby's is delighted to announce its next 20th Century Art/ Middle East sale this April.
Our 2016 London auctions soared above their pre-sale estimates, bringing outstanding worldwide records for the most sought after artists from our region establishing London as the most vibrant and international platform for arts from the Middle East. Our April 2017 auction will comprise seminal and rare works by modern masters from the region.
The largest Fahrelnissa Zeid ever to appear at auction and on the market for the first time since 1957 is offered in this seminal auction alongside a large 1968 Bahman Mohasses from a private American collection, a rare and never before seen Mahmoud Said portrait of a lady, an iconic Monir Farmanfarmaian triangle reverse-glass piece and a series of early works by Manouchehr Yektai from a private American collection.