Six Iranian artworks stand on top at Dubai Christie’s auction
October 26, 2015
TEHRAN – Works by six Iranian artists stood among the top ten items sold at Christie’s auction of modern and contemporary art held in Dubai on October 20.An untitled painting from Sohrab Sepehri’s Tree Series was the second most expensive item at the auction sold at $425,000, although it was offered at the sale for an estimated price of $150,000 to $200,000, Christie’s has announced on its website.
The most expensive item was “The Black Woman at the Window” (1927) by Egyptian artist Mahmoud Said (1897-1964) which went for $665,000.
Farhad Moshiri’s “Scream’n Demons” printed on the back page cover of the auction catalogue stood third at $389,000.
The calligraphic-painting by Hossein Zenderudi was fourth with $365,000, and the fifth was another work by Moshiri “I have No Wishes” which went for $245,000, and “Affection”, a calligraphic-painting by Mohammad Ehsai was sixth with $185,000.
The front cover of the catalogue which featured “Cactus” by Asim Abu Shaqra from Palestine, offered in an estimated price range of $200,000 to $250,000, was left unsold at the auction.
A total of 27 Iranian artworks were offered at the auction this season. Works by Reza Derakhshani, Afshin Pirhashemi, Parvaneh Motamedi, Farideh Lashai, Behjat Sadr and Bahman Mohasses were among other Iranian art pieces sold at the auction.
----Art critic calls painting of Bahman Mohasses fake----
Art critic Esfandiar Keikavusi has claimed that the untitled artwork by Bahman Mohasses (1931-2010), which was offered at the auction is a fake.
“The colors used for the painting are not as old as the artwork itself, which dates back to 1966, about 49 years ago,” he told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday.
“All the works by Mohasses created during 1966 have been painted on canvas, while the offered work at the auction has been painted on a sheet of cardboard,” he added.
“The painting is an amateur imitation of page 135 of a book Mohasses published in Italy in Poliglota, the famous Roman printing house,” he said.
Keikavusi gave additional reasons for his claim and hoped that experts and gallery owners stand against the destruction of the image of the art of Iran in the international market.
The painting went for $ 149,000 at the auction.
Photo: This untitled painting from Sohrab Sepehri’s Trees Series was sold at $425,000 at Christie’s auction of modern and contemporary art in Dubai on October 20.