New sale format for Christie’s Dubai Parts I & II totals $7.3 million

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Published October 27th, 2011 - 06:48 GMT
During the auction
During the auction

A varied and diverse contemporary sale representing artists from 15 different Middle Eastern countries totaled $2,379,500/AED8,739,903 at Christie’s first part II auction of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art, against a pre-sale estimate of $2 million. The sale was 83% sold. This brings the season total in the category to $7,378,350 / AED 27,100,679, after the part I sale made $5 million yesterday evening. The younger generation of both artists and buyers was well represented in the works offered and in the bidding, with 39 of the artists represented aged under 35, many selling extremely well to a large number of first time buyers. 

Michael Jeha, Managing Director of Christie’s Middle East and Head of the sale, said: “Christie’s put together a highly diverse contemporary sale in order to encourage a new, younger group of buyers to our auctions and we succeeded. The energy and enthusiasm with which these new clients and the young artists responded to our catalogue, generated an extraordinary buzz and excitement in the saleroom tonight. The part II sale marked a significant change in the variety and value of the works we were able to offer but we did not compromise on quality, and this is reflected in the $2.3million realized and the 83% selling rate tonight. We were particularly delighted with the results for the five works by contemporary Emirati artists who were given their first introduction to the international auction market this evening. Works by contemporary Turkish artists were also 100% sold, in both parts I and II. In addition, works donated by contemporary Iraqi artists to benefit Echo (Sada) raised $102,625/ AED376,941 for this new non-profit foundation. 43 new world auction records were set this evening, 22 for artists aged under 35. Christie’s LIVE took bids from the US, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK. The buyer breakdown was 67% Middle Eastern and 33% international.” 

15 countries represented in the sale.

39 artists represented under age of 35.

53 lots with low estimates under 10,000.

43 auction records made / 22 of which were for artists aged less than 35.

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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