Christie’s sale of Art of the Islamic & Indian Worlds on April 25th, 2013 celebrates the exquisite craftsmanship of works of art produced between the 9th and early 20th century. The sale features over 200 lots and is expected to realise in the region of £4 million.
Sotheby’s London announced that its Arts of the Islamic World sale on April 24th, 2013 will bring to the market one of the strongest ever offerings of paintings, manuscripts, textiles, ceramics and weapons, spanning thirteen centuries of Islamic history. Many of the works in the sale are of museum quality and have rarely or never before been seen at auction. Highlights of the sale include a unique, intricately detailed model of The Dome of the Rock, one of the most sacred sites in Islam (est. £250,000-£300,000*), and an extremely rare intact concertina-form album of Persian miniatures and calligraphy from the 16th-19th centuries (est. £50,000-70,000). In total the sale of 304 lots is expected to achieve in excess of £6.9 million.
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Christie’s is proud to announce details of The Saeed Motamed Collection which will be offered in two parts, with Part I taking place on April 22nd, 2013 and Part II on October 7th, 2013. The sales, comprising over 600 lots, are expected to realise a combined total in the region of £1 million; part of the monies raised will benefit a charitable organisation.
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Christie’s is pleased to announce the sale of Property from the Bequest of Adrienne Minassian sold to benefit Brown University in the Arts of Islam sale on April 26th, 2013. A further 17 lots will be offered in Interiors at Christie’s New York on June 18th and 19th, 2013.
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Two rare Iznik bottles from the golden age of the Ottoman Empire will return to New Bond Street in Mayfair after nearly a century when they are auctioned at Bonhams’ next Indian and Islamic sale on April 23rd, 2013 for an estimated £150,000. The bottles were previously sold by the well-known antiques dealer Frank Dickinson from his gallery at 104 New Bond Street in January 1919 for what was then the huge sum of £501 10s. The buyer was Leonard Daneham Cunliffe, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, co-founder of the merchant bank Cunliffe Brothers, a Director of the Hudson Bay Company and a major investor in Harrods.
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A wealthy young man having fun on a tour of India some 163 years ago, and one of the first to photograph the country compiled an album of photographs which will be sold by Bonhams on March 19th, 2013 for an estimated £40,000 to £60,000. Alexis De La Grange’s album offers 49 architectural views, most of which are Mughal, in northern India.
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