The 23rd round of the Christie’s sale of ‘Middle Eastern, Modern and Contemporary Art’ in London has offered 13 Iranian artworks.
The Iranian works were presented along with 44 other lots in the Middle Eastern, Modern and Contemporary Art event.
The sold Iranian items in Middle Eastern, Modern and Contemporary Art and Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds categories fetched high prices.
Held on October 25 in London for the first time, the Modern and Contemporary Art sale put 57 items on display and gathered $6.8 million from 44 pieces sold.
Ten Iranian pieces were among the sold works with one fifth of the total sale. The most expensive among them were works by Parviz Tanavoli and Monir Farmanfarmaian.
The sculpture ‘Standing Lovers’ by Tanavoli were sold at $262,200 and Farmanfarmaian’s mirror and glasswork titled ‘Heartbeat’ fetched $147,488.
Several Iranian pieces, including books, carpets and paintings were offered in the Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds sale on October 26.
As the highest Iranian bid in this category, Avicenna’s book ‘Al-Qanun Fi Al-Tibb’ was sold at $26,500.
Another Iranian lot at the sale was a manuscript of Shahnameh (book of kings) by Ferdowsi which fetched $4,306.
Christie auction has a presence in 46 countries with 12 salerooms across the world, including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Dubai, Zurich and Mumbai.
As the world’s leading art business, it holds around 350 auctions annually in more than 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs and collectibles.