Iranian art holds big sale at London Sotheby’s 

October 24, 2017

TEHRAN – Works by Iranian artists shone at Sotheby’s in London during its Middle East 20th Century Art auction on Monday by grossing over 60 percent of the total sales of $2.7 million. 

A total of 57 artworks from Middle Eastern artists went under the hammer at the sale in which just 19 works from Iranian artists grossed about $1.6 million of the total sales, the Persian service of Honaonline announced on Tuesday.

An untitled work from Iranian poet and painter Sohrab Sepehri’s Tree Trunk series sold for $360,000 and was the most expensive item sold at the auction, followed by Egyptian artist Mahmoud Mokhtar’s bronze sculpture “On the Banks of the Nile” that sold for $297,000.

The third most expensive item sold at the auction was an untitled painting by Iranian artist Bahman Mohasses. The painting sold for $280,500. It was followed by a painting from Hossein Zenderudi that went for $264,000.

Works by a number of Iranian artists are scheduled to be auctioned at Christie’s in London during the Middle Eastern, Modern and Contemporary Art sale tomorrow.

Photo: An untitled painting from Sohrab Sepehri’s Tree Trunk series was the first top seller, fetching $360,000 at Sotheby’s in London during its Middle East 20th Century Art auction on October 23, 2017. (Sotheby’s)

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