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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.”

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