Christie’s Dubai to auction more than 190 Mideast art pieces

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The Dubai branch of Christie’s Auction House will sell 195 works of contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish art on Tuesday, a newspaper reported.

“More people are buying art. If you look at the gallery scene five or six years ago, there were seven or eight galleries, there are now 50 or 60 galleries in Dubai alone- that’s a clear indicator of the growth in demand for art. We’re also seeing more art fairs and museums in the region,” Michael Jeha, Christie’s Middle East managing director told Gulf News.

Jeha said many paintings in the region have been sold mostly to private collectors, museums and institutions, and all do not plan to re-sell the art pieces.

The auction will feature a large selection of artworks by renowned artists from the region, it will showcase “The Atom and Vegetal Life,” a painting considered to be one of the most anticipated pieces by the Turkish-Jordanian artist, Fahr al-Nissa Zeid.

Created in 1962, Zeid’s oil-on-canvas art painting has a base price between $3-4 million.

Since Christie’s branch opening in Dubai seven years ago, it has sold 2,000 artworks from the Middle East.

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