New sale format for Christie’s Dubai

Press release
Published October 23rd, 2011 - 09:27 GMT
Michael Jeha, Managing Director of Christie’s
Michael Jeha, Managing Director of Christie’s

A new sale format will be introduced to Christie’s Middle East sales this October, bringing the bi-annual Modern and Contemporary art auctions in-line with other international art sales held in New York and London. In addition to the existing evening sale of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art, a new part II sale will be inaugurated to complement the existing sale, reflecting the continued maturity and international interest for sales in this category held in the region. 

Michael Jeha, Managing Director of Christie’s Middle East, said: “Those who are already familiar with Christie’s sales in Dubai will see no difference in the quality of what is available but we hope they will notice much more variety and diversity. We anticipate that this new part II sale will encourage the next generation of collectors to buy at auction and provide an international platform for the work of a dynamic group of young and ambitious artists from all over the Middle East, to be better known.” 

The Part II sale to be held on October 26th, will include an inspiring group of 6 works by some of Iraq’s most innovative contemporary artists, including a drawing made especially for the sale by the internationally recognized Ahmed Alsoudani. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Echo (Sada), a new non-profit organization established to support new works, education programs, preservation initiatives and research in the realm of contemporary art in Iraq and the Diaspora. 

A group of works by contemporary Emirati artists are also included for the first time at an international auction. This year was the second time that the UAE has participated in the Venice Biennale, a reflection of the appetite for collecting art in the UAE and a testament to the countries’ maturing group of contemporary artists. The sale includes photographic work by Lateefa Binta Maktoum and Lamya Gargash and a digital print by Saeed Khalifa with estimates from $3,000. 

Another first in the part II sale sees the introduction of works on paper. This is a regular category included in other international art sales and allows collectors to acquire work by leading figures for less than an oil or fully worked piece.

Background Information


Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service, expertise and global reach. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

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