LONDON – Art of The Middle East & India week enjoyed strong results over four sales, offering a diverse range of property from a fast-growing area of the market. From ancient artefacts to works in neon, paintings and photography, the week started with the Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art sale, in which the top lot was Francis Newton Souza’s The Deposition, 1963, achieving £1.6 million – more than double its high estimate. The Arts of the Islamic World auction was led by rare manuscripts and calligraphies, with the exquisite Timurid manuscript of Sa’adi’s Kulliyat selling for £473,000. The Khosravani-Diba Sale allowed a glimpse in to this fascinating single-owner collection, with A study of a Stork – a work previously owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis reaching £245,000, well above the £80,000 pre-sale estimate. The week concluded with the 20th Century Art/Middle East sale in which Mahmoud Mokhtar’s elegant marble, El Amira, 1925-30, sold for £545,000. In a further display of strength for this category, records were achieved for both Etel Adnan and Hossein Valamanesh. The combined sales totalled £14.7 million, exceeding the pre-sale expectations.
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