The first-ever single-owner Modern and Contemporary Iranian sale, the collection of a major Iranian artist and curator, Fereydoun Ave, achieved total of £1,811,693 (est. £1,043,200-1,409,460). Bringing together a treasure trove of artworks from across continents and cultures, the sale was led by a watercolour by American artist Cy Twombly, alongside standout lots by pre-eminent modernist Iranian artists Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Monir Farmanfarmaian and Farhad Moshiri.
Sotheby’s is delighted to offer the first-ever single-owner Modern and Contemporary Iranian sale, which brings together a treasure-trove of artworks from across continents and cultures. The collection reflects decades of connoisseurship and collecting defined by cross-cultural encounters and daring aesthetic experiments.
The collector is an artist himself, a 70s' pioneer who assembled an eclectic range of works which informed his distinctive style and shaped his personal journey. Alchemy: Objects of Desire is the eclectic expression of this ground-breaking aesthete who was himself the product of East and West. Sotheby’s proudly presents a selection of this unique collection with outstanding works by Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Hervé Van Der Straeten and Farhad Moshiri.