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Iranian Artworks at London Bonhams Sale

Iranian Artworks at London Bonhams Sale Iranian Artworks at London Bonhams Sale

International auction house Bonhams is to hold a Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art sale in London on April 27, featuring some of Iran’s most prominent contemporary artists.

One of the highlights is ‘We the Roses’ by Farhad Moshiri, Iran’s best-known contemporary artist. It is estimated at $142,000-213,000. This unique work features a combination of knives, sequins, embroidery and a self-portrait composition. One of Moshiri’s works sold for $1 million at Bonhams Dubai sale in 2008, making him the world’s highest-selling Iranian contemporary artist.

The large and exquisite ‘DJE-DJA-DJOU’, a 1970s work painted by Iranian artist Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, is also estimated to sell for $142,000-213,000. Zenderoudi is described by Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art specialist, Nima Sagharchi, as ‘the father of the Iranian neo-traditionalist movement’.

Born in Tehran, Zenderoudi moved to Paris in 1961 where he met many of the artists working there at the time, including Alberto Giacometti and Lucio Fontana. The year 1963 marked the turning point in his career, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York bought one of his drawings. Following MoMA’s acquisition, museums across the world followed suit. His work is now owned by the British Museum, the Centre Pompidou and Copenhagen’s Staten museum, among many others, reported.

Bonhams will also offer Manoucher Yektai’s ‘Reclining Figure’ for an estimated $85,000-142,000. Another piece by the same artist, ‘Portrait of Iris Clert,’ broke a world record for an Iranian master at Bonhams in October 2015.

Tehran-born, Yektai studied in Paris and later moved to New York in 1947 where he became influenced by the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, and was exhibited alongside works by Rothko, De Kooning, Newman and Kline. In the 1970s, Yektai returned to figurative painting. The Reclining Figure is an example of this later period of his work.

Meanwhile ‘Nubian House’, the largest work ever to come to auction by Hussein Bicar, a pioneering Egyptian artist, illustrator, painter and poet, is estimated at $100,000-142,000. He began his career as an illustrator for Akhbar El Yom, an Egyptian weekly newspaper. He soon became known for blurring the line between journalistic illustration and fine art. He is well-known in Egypt not only as an artist, but as a critic, educator, and talented musician.