CHRISTIE’S MIDDLE EAST SALE SEASON MOVES ONLINE
4 SALES ACROSS OCTOBER & NOVEMBER
Dubai – Overseen by the Dubai team, Christie’s will host sales of Watches, Middle Eastern Modern and Contemporary art, a special curated art sale as well as a charity auction to support Beirut across October and November.
Due to the uncertain health situation we have moved our regular offering online this season. The series of sales will include the most valuable online watch auction ever held with a pre-sale estimate of over $4 million and, for the first time, a special section within the Modern and Contemporary sale dedicated to Middle Eastern Design.
Caroline Louca-Kirkland, Managing Director Christie’s Middle East commented: We mark this autumn season with kickstarting a fresh strategy for the category, in alignment with the evolving and maturing regional market and focusing on strong quality works. As market leaders Christie’s is taking initiative in cultivating interest through strong teamwork and collaboration, with greater leverage from a regional and international standpoint. We will be infusing our traditional auctions with a design section and presenting a separate guest curated sale connecting the Middle East with other geographies.”
We Are All Beirut
Browsing online from 4 to 10 November
Bidding online: 11– 24 November
Two weeks after the devastating explosion in Beirut city, Christie’s announced its charity auction “We Are All Beirut” which will take place on our online platform between Wednesday 4 to Tuesday 24 November. We have seen strong support from collectors and artists generously wanting to donate works. The auction will be a combination of contemporary art, design and jewelry. We will announce details of our partner NGO, in due course.
Watches Online: The Dubai Edit
Browsing online from 10-14 October
Bidding online: 15 – 29 October
This online auction will represent the largest ever offered to the market in terms of value, which is in excess of US$4,000,000. On offer are collectable watches ranging from modern to vintage, from Patek Philippe to F.P. Journe. The auction also includes an Important Private Asian Collection – Part 4 – with well-priced, modern & contemporary watches.
Also, on offer is a selection of watches with Middle Eastern provenance such as Rolex Day-Date with Khanjar made for the Sultanate of Oman, Rolex Sky Dweller made for the UAE Ministry of Defense, Omega Sea master with the portrait of Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain and an Omega speed master made for the Jordanian Airforce, among others.
Browsing online: 4-10 November
Bidding online: 11-24 November
Christie’s celebrates our 15th sale season with a revisited approach to our traditional sale format, including a newly curated design section. Maintaining our strong caliber of modern art, we also are presenting a diverse selection of contemporary works. Strong modern works by Farid Belkahia and Sohrab Sepehri, are met with important works by Farhad Moshiri and Samia Halaby, reflecting the diversity of artistic talent, and the ever-changing and versatile tastes of an evolving art collecting community.
For the first time the auction will offer a section of Middle Eastern Design curated by the renowned architect and designer Viktor Udzenija, who’s studio is based in Dubai.
The Guest Curated Art Auction – Matters of Material
Browsing online: 4-10 November
Bidding online:11-24 November
Guest curated by Dina Nasser-Khadivi an independent art advisor and Christie’s International Consultant, this sale will be presenting a selection of works by Contemporary artists from the Middle East, Latin America and Africa showcasing how media and materials can be used and recycled into powerful statements and works of art. A concept embracing innovation and multi-cultural connections, it will aim to continue supporting diversity in the market, this will be the first of a series of curated sales supported by Christie’s.
SALES CALENDAR AUTUMN 2020:
|Title||Viewing period||Bidding period|
|Watches Online: The Dubai Edit||10-14 October||15–29 October|
|We Are All Beirut||4-10 November||11-24 November|
|Middle Eastern Modern and CTA Art||4-10 November||11-24 November|
|Matters of Material||4-10 November||11-24 November|