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Iranian artworks raise about $2.5m at Dubai Christie’s auction
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A Dubai Christie’s employee (R) poses with a calligraphic painting by an Iranian artist during an auction at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel on March 19, 2014.
A Dubai Christie’s employee (R) poses with a calligraphic painting by an Iranian artist during an auction at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel on March 19, 2014.
TEHRAN -- Works by Iranian artists have raised about $2.5 million at Dubai Christie’s auction of Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art.
 
Director of the Office for Visual Arts Majid Mollanoruzi attended the auction which was held at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel on March 19.
 
Twenty-six paintings, calligraphic paintings and sculptures by Iranian artists were offered at the auction.
 
“Black” by the U.S. based Iranian artist Ali Banisadr fetched $339,750, standing third among the top 10 most expensive artworks sold.
 
However, the fiberglass sculpture by Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli estimated at $350,000 remained unsold.
 
Christie’s latest auction in Dubai saw 140 artworks raise a total of over $10.6 million, an increase of 65 percent compared to last year’s sales total, Christie’s announced on its website.
 
Two works by Egyptian artists Abdul Hadi El-Gazzar “Construction of the Suez Canal” and Mahmoud Said “Haguer” grabbed the first and second title.
 
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