LONDON – Sotheby’s largest-ever Orientalist and Middle Eastern Art Week exceeded all pre-sale expectations (est. £9.9–14.2 million), after realising a total of £15,729,798. A unique grouping of five sales spanning centuries of art attracted thousands of visitors to our London galleries, where eight artist records were set during the week. Click ahead to see the sale highlights, from ultra rare sculptures with a political message to books that sold for more than 200 times their high estimate. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
To mark the 40th anniversary of Britain’s game-changing World of Islam Festival exhibitions, Sotheby’s has a week of events covering 1,000 years of art from the Middle East. The unique group of sales will gather together a distinct range of works from the contemporary to the ancient and will be accompanied by a series of talks and lectures. Click ahead for eleven of the highlights.
The April 2016 Orientalist Sale showcased important Orientalist paintings of Turkey, North Africa, the Levant, and the Middle East, bringing a total of £3,761,500. The auction was led by Ludwig Deutsch’s luminous masterpiece Morning Prayers, 1902, which sold for £545,000, and Frederick Arthur Bridgman’s The Prayer, which sold for five times over estimate at £509,000.
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