Dubai: The Pearl Carpet of Baroda and a gold-hilted Mughal-era dagger ingrained with ruby and emerald will feature in Sotheby’s first-ever major international series of sales in the Middle East to be held in Doha on 18 and 19 March.
Art aficionados and collectors from across the world will be taking part in the auction in which 20 dedicated telephone lines have been set up for people who cannot physically participate in the process.
An exhibition of the items began at a Doha hotel on Saturday and will continue until 17 March.
Andy Warhol’s Round Jackie, estimated at $2.5mn/3.5mn and Mohamed Ehsai’s calligraphic masterpiece Afarinesh (Creation), estimated to cost $0.3mn/0.4mn are said to be the two of the stars of the exhibition. The auction of Contemporary Art on 18 March will follow the sale of a Collection of Orientalist Art.
March 19 is scheduled for the sales of Important Watches and Arts of the Islamic World, highlighted by potentially the most expensive exhibit, Pearl Carpet of Baroda, on which bidding is expected to start at $5 million,the report said.
Officials expect “a good high” percentage of the exhibits to be auctioned off in Doha and collect more than $30 mn.
Other items that will be offered for sale include rare paintings, a magnificent Breguet white gold and diamond repeating wristwatch and unique diamond bracelet watch.