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Works of Veteran Iranian Artists at Sotheby’s

Works of Veteran Iranian Artists at Sotheby’sWorks of Veteran Iranian Artists at Sotheby’s

Artworks by veteran Iranian artists are in the spotlight at the upcoming London Sotheby’s auction sales.

The ‘20th Century Art, A different Perspective’ sale in London, will feature modern art from countries across Europe, the Middle East and the Mediterranean by artists who have a strong regional following but are not yet part of the international mainstream.

 The sale will include a number of important Iranian, Egyptian, Turkish and Arab works as well as a selection of contemporary and modern art from Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Highlights of the sale include works by Iranian painter and poet Sohrab Sepehri and foreign artists Sandor Bortnyik, Mubin Orhon, Mikulas Medek, Honaronline reported.

The most expensive Iranian artwork is Sepehri’s oil painting with an estimated base price of $53,000 to $74,000.

Tessa Kostrzewa, Sotheby’s head of sales, said: “Bringing these artists to the fore gives a fresh perspective on the development of 20th-century art. Today’s collectors are increasingly interested in artists who were previously on the fringes of the international art scene, but are now receiving acclaim. For some, it represents their first time on the international stage.”


Among the total 116 submitted works, besides Sepehri, works of American-Iranian painter and poet Manoucher Yektai, celebrated painter and sculptor Bahman Mohassess, also dubbed by some as the ‘Persian Picasso’, modern art painter Behjat Sadr, nonagenarian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Armenian-Iranian Sirak Melkonian and  Sonia Balassanian, will go under the hammer at the auction slated for December 2.

In addition, Farmanfarmaian’s masterpiece is estimated at $37,000 to $53,000, an oil painting on canvas by Bahman Mohassess is expected to fetch $48,000 to $58,000 and Sadr’s untitled work of oil and silver paint on paper, is estimated between $40,000 and $48,000.