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Arab and Iranian art sale at Sotheby's.


An October sale in London of 20th century art, which included both Arab and Iranian pieces, brought a combined total of 20,157,550 [pounds sterling], almost reaching the top sale estimate of 21.6m [pounds sterling]. A highlight was the sale of Cowboy and Indian, in acrylic and glitter on canvas, in two parts, by Farhad Moshiri (b. 1963), an artist who is at the forefront of contemporary Iranian Art. The work sold for 397,250 [pounds sterling] against a pre-sale estimate of 150,000-200,000 [pounds sterling]. Commenting on the results of the Arab and Iranian Art section of the Contemporary Art Sale, specialists Lina Lazaar and Dalya Islam, said: "Today's sale was the first test of this market on the international platform of Sotheby's annual sale of Contemporary Art. We very much look forward to building on these results, which were highlighted by the encouraging prices achieved for Farhad Moshiri and Mona Hatoum." Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum's extraordinary and monumental Untitled (Baalbeck Birdcage) of 1999 in wood and galvanised steel achieved the sum of 109,250 [pounds sterling], within pre-sale expectations of 100,000-150,000 [pounds sterling].

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Title Annotation:Compass 11/2009: News and views from around the world
Publication:The Middle East
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 1, 2009
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