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Middle Eastern Art at Christie’s

Christie’s Middle Eastern Art auctions totalled a combined £10,023,000, reaffirming the decision to present these two important sales, Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art and Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds, together in London for the first time. 

The Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art auction achieved £5,235,125, with sell-through rates of 85% by lot and 88% by value, confirming the growing international appetite for works from this dynamic region. Spirited bidding saw three world auction records set for Middle Eastern artists, including Jewad Selim, whose painting The Watermelon Seller more than doubled its high estimate of £250,000 to sell for £668,750, and Mahmoud Sabri, whose work Grief reached £668,750, more than ten times its high estimate.

The Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets sale built upon this momentum the following day, totalling £4,787,875. A leaf from The Late Shah Jahan Album soared past its high estimate of £150,000 to achieve £548,750, a record for any page sold from this spectacular compilation. Overall, exceptional results were seen across the two private collections of William Kelly Simpson and Professor Rudolf Gelpke. 

Explore the auctions

Highlights

  • Mahmoud Sabri (1927–2012)

    Grief
    c. 1960s
    Price realised
    £668,750
    Related sale
    Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art, London, 25 October 2017

  • A leaf from The Late Shah Jahan Album

    Payag, Mughal India, c. 1640–45
    Price realised
    £548,750
    Related sale
    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, London, 26 October 2017

  • Jewad Selim (1919–1961)

    The Watermelon Seller, 1953
    Price realised
    £668,750
    Related sale
    Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art, London, 25 October 2017

  • A medallion Ushak carpet

    West Anatolia, late 16th century
    Price realised
    £118,750
    Related sale
    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, London, 26 October 2017

  • Shafic Abboud (1926–2004)

    Chambre verticale 1 ; Chambre verticale 2 ; Chambre verticale 4, 1983
    Price realised
    £368,750
    Related sale
    Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art, London, 25 October 2017


Auction schedule

Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds
including Oriental Rugs and Carpets

  • Auction

    8 King Street
    London SW1Y 6QT

    26 October, 10:30am & 2pm

  • Viewing

    21 Oct, 12am - 5pm
    22 Oct, 12am - 5pm
    23 Oct, 9am - 4:30pm
    24 Oct, 9am - 8pm
    25 Oct, 9am - 4pm

  • Contact

    Sara Plumbly
    splumbly@christies.com
    +44 (0) 20 7389 2374

    Louise Broadhurst
    lbroadhurst@christies.com
    +44 (0) 20 7389 2603

Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art

  • Auction

    8 King Street
    London SW1Y 6QT

    25 October, 7pm

  • Viewing

    21 Oct, 12am - 5pm
    22 Oct, 12am - 5pm
    23 Oct, 9am - 4:30pm
    24 Oct, 9am - 8pm
    25 Oct, 9am - 4pm

  • Contact

    Hala Khayat
    hkhayat@christies.com
    +971 (0) 4 375 9006

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