Ashkan Baghestani grew up in Geneva, Switzerland and has travelled extensively to study and work in Paris, New York and London. Before joining Sotheby's in the summer of 2012, he studied Design and Management at Parson’s, The New School for Design, USA in 2009, earning a BBA Degree and followed later with a diploma in Middle Eastern Art from Sotheby’s Institute in 2011. He actively worked for the Jameel Prize at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Mr Baghestani joined Sotheby's Middle East Department in 2012 focusing on the Contemporary Doha auctions and developing this increasingly important art platform. His in-depth knowledge of the market for Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern and Iranian works, his fluency in Persian, French and English, and his contacts in the region have been invaluable in cultivating this important collecting field at Sotheby's. Mr. Baghestani headed the first international auction sale held in Dubai in 2017, entitled Boundess: Dubai. He constantly travels across the Middle East region, participating in Sotheby’s numerous travelling exhibitions across the region such as Jeddah Art Week, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai Art Week Travelling Exhibition, UAE.