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CHRISTIE’S DUBAI AUCTION NETS $10M

CHRISTIE’S DUBAI AUCTION NETS $10M

20th Mar 2014 – Dubai

Art enthusiasts in Dubai competed for the 140 artworks at Christie’s auction, which were sold for a total of $10.6 million (Dh39.1 million), an increase of 65 percent on last year’s sale.

Christie’s 16th consecutive season in the region was the first to be held to coincide with Dubai Art Week. The Pharos Collection of Modern Egyptian Art, which was expected to sell for around $1.4 million, made $3.8 million.

The top lot of the sale, also from the Collection, was Abdul Hadi El-Gazzar’s (Egyptian, 1925-1965) ‘Construction of the Suez Canal’ which sold for $1.02 million, a new world auction record for the artist.

Michael Jeha, managing director in the Middle East, said: “Christie’s dominates the market for Middle Eastern modern and contemporary art with our sales accounting for 74 percent of the auction market.”

“Christie’s added an international auction to the stellar list of art-related events taking place in Dubai this week. It is a sign of the continuing strength and maturity of this market that, as in other great art cities around the world, Dubai has taken its place in the international art calendar.”

Among the notable records broken tonight was a ‘Black’ painting by Iranian contemporary artist Ali Banisadr which sold for $339,750.

A depiction of the Sixth Ode from the seven Arabic poems known as the ‘Muallaqat Al Sabaa’ by the Ali Omar Ermes, sold for $195,750 with a proportion of the proceeds from the sale to go to UNHCR.

The sale of Important Watches will be held today (March 20) at the Emirates Towers Hotel. – TradeArabia News Service




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