Sotheby’s office and gallery now open in Dubai

Mahmoud Saïd, Portrait de Mada ation
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Sotheby’s - the famous London-based auction house - now has an office and gallery space in Dubai. The space opened yesterday in Dubai International Financial Centre in the presence of Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Nahyan, Minister of Culture & Knowledge Development, and Essa Kazim, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), alongside Sotheby’s President and CEO, Tad Smith, and Sotheby’s Chairman for the Middle East, Edward Gibbs.

To mark the opening, the auction house is hosting an exhibition inside the gallery a preview for the forthcoming London sale. It contains some stunning highlights including a gorgeous portrait by Egyptian master Mahmoud Said and a massive abstract piece by Fahrelnissa El Zeid. There are also key works by Samia Halaby and Monir Farmanfarmaian as well as a museum-quality work by Iranain Modern master Bahman Mohasess.

As well as the priceless art, one of the most important watches ever to be offered at auction – the legendary Patek Philippe Yellow-Gold Calibre 89, which is offered for sale with an estimate of $US 6.4-9.9 million is on show.