Sotheby’s Middle East Newsletter

March 2020

Sotheby’s Dubai kicked off the year with an exciting and dynamic exhibition of international modern and contemporary artists, including works by Robert Indiana, Jean Dubuffet, Andy Warhol, Ayman Baalbaki and Parviz Tanavoli. The works are due to be auctioned later this month and early April in our 20th Century Middle East and Contemporary Curated sales taking place in London.

Following this, we are thrilled to showcase highlights from the prestigious Najd collection, which will be on view in our DIFC gallery next week, from the 9th-12th March.

Further to the exhibitions we hold, Sotheby’s Dubai remains open throughout the year offering our clients complimentary valuations and expert advice. Sophie Stevens and Fred Watrelot, our Jewellery and Watch specialists on the ground are available to carry out valuations, should you wish to make an appointment with them.

With best wishes,

Katia Nounou
Head of Sotheby’s Dubai

Highlights Exhibition in Dubai: Important Works from the Najd Collection, Part II

Rudolf Ernst, The Musician, Estimate £30,000 - 50,000
To be sold in Important Works from the Najd Collection, Part II
Auction London 31 March

Sotheby’s Dubai is honoured to present an exhibition of highlight works from the Najd Collection ahead of the stand-alone sale in London on 31 March.

Forming a panoptic picture of North African, Middle Eastern & Ottoman Society a century and more ago, the Najd Collection is the vision of one collector active in the 1980s. Eager to look beyond the confines of their own Western experience, all the artists represented travelled to and spent time in the region to portray first-hand what they saw and experienced. The legacy of their work has provided an invaluable documentary narrative of a world that has since been transformed by modernisation and, in some cases, conflict.

Contact us for more information on the collection or to arrange a viewing of the works.

Unit 1, Level B2 Gate Village Building
3 DIFC, Dubai PO Box. 507092

Yasmeen Gailani

A Lavishly Illuminated Qur’an, Copied by Ahmad al-Nayrizi

A Lavishly Illuminated Qur’an, Copied by Ahmad al-Nayrizi, re-margined in Qajar period, Persia, Safavid and Qajar, dated 1122 AH/1710 AD and 19th century
Estimate £60,000-80,000

This magnificent Qur’an will come up for auction in London this May and is a testament of the grandness of Ahmad al-Nayrizi and the respect and reverence which he gained not only during his lifetime but especially in the following centuries. Re-margined during the Qajar period, the borders of this manuscript are lavishly decorated with different patterns of interlacing flowers and vegetation, making it an exceptionally luxury item, likely to have been commissioned by a member of the nobility.

For all enquiries please contact

To be sold in The Library of a Greek Bibliophile: Travel books, Aldines, and an Important Qur’an
Auction London 19 May 2020

Value your Jewellery and Watches at Sotheby’s Dubai

Wonder how much your jewellery or watches might be worth and how to sell it? Simply book an appointment with our local experts in Dubai who will provide you with a free valuation with no obligation.

Frédéric Watrelot
Senior Specialist, Watches

Sophie Stevens
Specialist, Jewellery