Katara art sale breaks region’s records

Auction in progress at the Sotheby’s contemporary art sale in Katara.

DOHA: Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Doha Sale set the highest price for a contemporary art auction in the Middle East region, reaching a total of $15,199,750 and selling 89.1% per lot during the Tuesday sale at Katara.

Records were set for nine artists, including a record for a living Arab artist. The top lot of the sale was Untitled (Bernstein 90-01) by Donald Judd, which sold – after a lengthy bidding battle between four people – for $3,525,000.

Robin Woodhead, president of Sotheby’s International, said the auction demonstrated Qatar’s central role as the cultural hub of the entire Mena region.

“Sotheby’s ability to attract auctions from collectors from 15 countries across four continents here tonight confirms Qatar’s growing importance in the international art world,” he said.

“We are delighted with the results of this evening’s sale, which reached records for nine artists and set the highest total for a sale of contemporary art in the Middle East region. It is extremely gratifying to see the market response to the outstanding range of artworks we have selected for tonight’s carefully curated auction,” said Lina Lazaar Jameel, Head of Sales and International Art Specialist. contemporary art at Sotheby’s.

The sale’s cover lot, Rising Down, set an auction record for Ethiopian-born artist Julie Mehretu titled when it fetched the full price of $3,077,000, above its high estimate of $3 million.

Chant Avedissian’s Icons of the Nile set a record for a living Arab artist by fetching $1,565,000 (estimate $1-1.5 million).

Produced in 2010, this gouache, stencil and acrylic paint on cardboard, in one hundred and twenty parts, is the largest piece produced by the artist to date. It presents a mosaic of Egyptian culture that traces the country’s past through nostalgic images and iconographic motifs.

‘Suspended Together’ grossed a remarkable $329,000 (estimate $100,000-150,000), setting an auction record for the artist.

Magnificently scaled and epic in conception, ‘Suspended Together’ is one of the most significant and celebrated works of Manal Al Dowayan’s career to date and the first of his installations to appear during an auction.

A myriad of snow-white porcelain doves float through the air, each bird’s wings and body stamped with an exact reproduction of the authorization document a Saudi woman needs from her male guardian to travel.

Ya’illahi (Dear Lord), one of the most important paintings ever to be auctioned by Ayman Baalbaki, set a record high for the artist when it fetched a final sum of $377,000. Depicting the shrouded face of a solitary heroic figure gazing skyward, the powerfully charged work explores the acute tension and ambiguity of the keffiyeh, an everyday garment. The peninsula

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