Bidding On Middle East Art

Middle East art, contemporary and modern, has taken the attention of international art scene widely. The increasing number of visitors and collectors attending art fairs with main focus on Middle East art, curious-interest driving them to pass by galleries, gather for openings, follow up the news and articles about how it is changing yet evolving.

Auction houses paid a termendous attention for Middle East Art where artists of the region, emerging and established, are proving their ability to meet international standards, strong identity & image, and set new standards and definitions in Art. Christie’s Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish two-days auction present a tight sale of exclusive art works by leading modern and contemporary artists from the region.

Safwan Dahoul 'Reve 16' Acrylic on canvas, Courtesy: Christie's
Safwan Dahoul ‘Reve 16’ Acrylic on canvas, Courtesy: Christie’s

The highlight of day-one was when Syrian artist Safwan Dahoul set new record in selling ‘Reve 16’ (Dream 16) for $219,750 when it was estimated between $100,000 – $150,000 ! Total price of day one sales was Total including  4,128,750 (USD). Full results are here . Day two of Christie’s auction is due tonight and you can watch the auction live here .

But Middle East auctions are not done, Ayyam Gallery will host volume 15 end of April and Janet Radey will host an online auction in June… Ready to bid??

The Young Collectors Auction

To view catalouge click here.

The fifteenth edition of The Young Collectors Auction will be held on Tuesday, 30 April at 7pm at Ayyam Gallery, Dubai (Al Quoz). Grasp the opportunity to acquire the best Middle Eastern contemporary art at entry-level prices on auction in a fun and relaxed environment!

The Young Collectors Auction is the ideal setting for a foray into the world of collecting with the majority of estimates well under $10,000 and many lots offered in the $2,000 to $5,000 range. The auction provides a unique auction experience and an unparalleled platform for the aspiring and seasoned collector alike.

Featuring over 80 lots of painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation works from acclaimed and emerging artists throughout the region. The Young Collectors Auction is very pleased to present more than 30 artists that will be seen on auction for the first time, in its continued effort to provide talented, emerging artists with a platform for showcasing their works.

Lot 30: Abdulnasser Gharem, 'Men at Work I-IV', 2012, Handprinted Silkscreen Print on Somerset Tub Paper, Set of Four 115 x 150 cm. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery
Lot 30: Abdulnasser Gharem, ‘Men at Work I-IV’, 2012, Handprinted Silkscreen Print on Somerset Tub Paper, Set of Four 115 x 150 cm. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery
Lot 39: Hassan Hajjaj, 'Akira Posse', 2000, C-Print, Walnut Frame and Found Objects, 66 x 86.5 cm. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery
Lot 39: Hassan Hajjaj, ‘Akira Posse’, 2000, C-Print, Walnut Frame and Found Objects, 66 x 86.5 cm. Courtesy: Ayyam Gallery

Directly after the sale, The Young Collectors Auction is honoured to be hosting a charity auction to raise funds for the United Nations World Food Programme. Collaborating with The Farjam Foundation, Contemporary Practices Art Journal and the WFP, artists such as the late Farideh Lashai, Parviz Kalantari, Athier, and Marwa Adel, amongst others, have generously donated works of contemporary painting, sculpture and calligraphy to be auctioned in support of this great cause aimed at ending world hunger.

Without pretension and aimed at making the auction experience and the appreciation of art accessible and enjoyable to all, The Young Collectors Auction welcomes the public to a week of viewings prior to the auction where specialists are available to answer any questions visitors may have. With the flexibility to bid in person or register for telephone and absentee bids, The Young Collectors Auction allows even those living abroad to participate in the auction.



The Auction Room, the UK’s only exclusively online fine art auction house which launched last month, will hold their inaugural sale of Middle Eastern Contemporary Arton June 24 2013 with a London exhibition – offering collectors in the capital the exclusive opportunity to view the works in person before being offered on the international internet auction platform.

The auction will include paintings, photographs and sculpture at all price points from young emerging artists to established, sought-after names in the art world.  We will be looking to include key works by artists such as Ahmed Alsoudani, Ghada Amer, Ali Banisadr, Mohamed Ehsai, Mona Hatoum, Youssef Nabil and Shirin Neshat.

In addition to Middle Eastern Contemporary Art, The Auction Room, which is based at 25 Dover Street, London W1, will offer sales in a further five specialist categories: Jewellery (specialist in charge Simon Cooper); Watches and Wristwatches (Emma Reeves); Silver and Objects of Vertu (Claire Grindey); Stamps (Richard Ashton); Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art (Konstanze Knittler).

All lots will be available for public view before the auction and prospective bidders will also be able to view each lot on line, by scrolling through each fully illustrated catalogues, available for browsing on the site for at least two weeks before the advertised sale date. Buyers will also have the reassurance of a guarantee of authenticity for purchases made at The Auction Room.

The first auction of Middle Eastern Contemporary Art will be held on June 24 2013, with pre-sale viewing to be held in Mayfair from 22 to 24 June.


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