Benedict Carter gained his BA Honours degree in Theology and Religious Studies from Bristol University in 2005, specialising in Islamic studies and Arabic. He achieved an MA with distinction in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from The School of Oriental and African Studies, London, in 2007. Benedict has travelled widely in North Africa, the Middle East, and further afield in the Islamic World, studying Arabic at both the Universities of Jordan and Alexandria. Since joining Sotheby's Middle East Department in 2008, he has specifically been involved in sourcing and selling Islamic works of art in the biannual auctions of Arts of the Islamic World as well as through private sales.
Benedict has worked on a number of highly successful single owner sales in recent years, including 'A Princely Collection' in October 2010; the two-part landmark sales of Stuart Cary Welch in April and May 2011, The Sven Gahlin Collection in October 2015, The Khosrovani-Diba Collection in October 2016, and, most recently, the Howard Hodgkin Collection in October 2017. In April 2014 he was responsible for a selling a royal portrait of the Persian ruler Fath ‘Ali Shah Qajar for a world record price of £2.9 million.