Un­der the ham­mer

Cyprus Today - - FRONT PAGE - By ANNE CANALP

TREA­SURES old and new went on sale at the cap­i­tal’s his­toric Rüstem Book­shop, with its first Auc­tion Day fea­tur­ing an 81-year-old col­lec­tion of an­tique books and ephemera.

The event last Satur­day fol­lowed a launch of a young artists’ Art Days project in late De­cem­ber.

A nos­tal­gic col­lec­tion of 18th cen­tury Ot­toman en­grav­ings, colo­nial doc­u­ments, first edi­tions of books on Cyprus and a 20th cen­tury col­lec­tion of unique mem­o­ra­bilia went un­der the ham­mer, with 125 of the 150 lots find­ing ea­ger buy­ers.

Lots in­cluded ev­ery­thing from vin­tage sets of Blue Box lead sol­diers to 1920s se­quined post­cards, archive pho­tos, an­tique and Ot­toman maps and en­grav­ings and Nasal­i­censed pho­tos of the moon.

An­tique vol­umes in­cluded The Rubaiyat, War and Peace, Don Quixote and Robur Le Con­quer­ant by Jules Verne, Cyprus in Colour and Goldfin­ger.

The trove in­cluded an orig­i­nal set of Bri­tish Spe­cial Forces doc­u­ments, ’70s Red Cross cor­rre­spon­dence, vin­tage stamps, ’60s copies of the Na­tional Geo­graphic and even a 1953 copy of the Daily Mail. Owner Ali Rüstem said sales would be re­peated quar­terly through­out the year to boost auc­tion cul­ture in North Cyprus. The thriv­ing book­shop in­cludes a cof­fee shop and tra­di­tional restau­rant and now reg­u­larly hosts cul­tural events and book sign­ings which Mr Rüstem said would con­tinue in 2019. More con­tem­po­rary art and ob­jects had been on dis­play one week ear­lier at the launch of Art Days to pro­mote young and promis­ing lo­cal artists.

The De­cem­ber 29 event, or­gan­ised by Art Days cu­ra­tor and con­sul­tant Halil Du­runay, show­cased re­pur­posed ob­jects, col­lectibles and paint­ings by Fatma Nur Özogül, Diler Er­tuğ, Re­fik Gökhun and Ner­min Gün­doğdü.

Mr Du­runay said: “The Old City is in the grip of a new re­nais­sance and young en­trepreneurs and artists are flock­ing to the area, so we are host­ing the tal­ent for all to sam­ple.”

Photo: Yetin Arslan

Black and white art at the first Art Day at Rüstem Book­shop Con­sul­tant Halil Du­runay (right) pre­sented trea­sures old and new dur­ing the auc­tion Re­pur­posed wine bot­tles and wooden de­signs. Be­low, mono­chrome art work and con­tem­po­rary art. Some un­sold lots from auc­tion

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