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. VIEW SLIDESHOW
A confluence of modernity and tradition, the everyday and the heroic, the miniature and the immense, Pakistan is a rich and fertile space for artistic development, both locally and globally. The growing interest in art from Pakistan is not a mere spark of curiosity but the consequence of a sustained appreciation of its culture, capable of withstanding the test of time. From the sprawling metropolis of cultural Karachi to the economic and political hub of Lahore, the group of artists featured in Sotheby’s sale of South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art represent the tremendous artistic energy that has developed over the years.
Join Sotheby’s in Dubai for a programme of talks and discussions lead by curators and Sotheby’s specialists, ahead of the exhibition of highlights from the upcoming sales of Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art, Arts of the Islamic World, 20th Century Art: Middle East and a major Damien Hirst work from the collection of David Bowie, which forms part of the Bowie/Collector sale in London this November. The programme will journey through Modern & Contemporary Middle Eastern Art; first considering the lasting influence and legacy of women artists working in the Middle East throughout the twentieth century to the present day, followed by an introduction to Arts of the Islamic World from Edward Gibbs, Chairman, Middle East and India, Sotheby’s. Rounding up the schedule will be an in-depth look at works from a broad range of artists and disciplines across three sales, led by Ashkan Baghestani and Mai Eldib, including works by Ali Banasadr and Raqib Shaw, with a special focus on Zaha Hadid’s Lilas, currently on display in Beyond Limits, in the grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
Sotheby's market leadership in the Southeast Asian art category over the past few years allowed us to assemble a desirable selection, and a high point of the evening was the record price set for the artist Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur, for a work which had come from the esteemed collection of the late Professor Arthur Lim. Large-scale and powerful paintings by key artists such as Ronald Ventura, Carlos Villaluz Francisco, and Hendra Gunawan performed extremely well with artist auction records set for both Francisco and Gunawan.
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