GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE
With participation from 22 countries and 12 artists being sold for the first time in the Middle East, Sotheby's contemporary art auction in Doha last month drew bids close to $7.5 million (QR27.3 million).
The top lot of the night's sale was one of Christopher Wool's earliest, most desirable and sought-after pattern paintings which fetched $1,330,000 (QR) – setting a new benchmark for a work by the artist in the Middle East. In addition there were strong prices for other major international contemporary artists such as Anish Kapoor and Rudolf Stingel, while topcalibre works by leading Arab artists, particularly those from Egypt, Iran and Lebanon, also performed well. Lina Lazaar, Sotheby's Director, International Contemporary Art, said, “Following hot on the heels of our October sale of Contemporary art in Doha, we were delighted that our 2015 sale was again greeted with such enthusiasm by local, regional and international participants, spanning the US, right across Europe and the Middle East, as well as Asia.”