This March, Christie's Dubai brought together two compelling sales: Post-War and Contemporary Art and Important Watches. The Post-War and Contemporary Art auction offered important examples of 20th and 21st century Middle Eastern art, including works by distinguished Iranian artists like Sohrab Sepehri.

Works by other Iranian artists featuring in the sale from the 1960s through the 1990s included Massoud Arabshahi, Hossein Kazemi, Marcos Grigorian, and Sirak Melkonian, among others. Nine lots sold above $100 million, of which 5 were from Iran, with Sepeheri taking the top auction place, followed in second place by Fahr El-Nissa Zeid (Turkish-Jordanian, 1900-1991), Portrait of Clare Maria, price realized: USD 225,000, and in third place by Farhad Mohsiri and his Le Jeu est fini (Game is Over), price realized: USD 212,500.

All top prices below:

Sohrab Sepehri (Iranian, 1928-1980)

Untitled: USD 287,500

Fahr El-Nissa Zeid (Turkish-Jordanian, 1900-1991)

Portrait of Clare Maria: USD 225,000

Farhad Mohsiri (Iranian, b. 1963)

Le Jeu est fini (Game is Over): USD 212,500

Abdul Hadi El-Gazzar (Egyptian, 1925 - 1966)

Married Couple: USD 200,000

Parviz Tanavoli (Iranian, b. 1937)

The Wall and the Heech: USD 187,500

Huguette Caland (Lebanese, b. 1931)

Good Luck: USD 162,500

Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi (French, born in Iran 1937)

GAZBFAN: USD 118,750

Mohammed Ehsai (Iranian, b. 1939)

Untitled: USD 100,000

Safwan Dahoul (b. 1961)

Dream 26: USD 100,000

Hussein Madi (Lebanese, b. 1938)

Baghdad Landscape: USD 75,000

Mahmoud Said (Egyptian, 1897-1964)

Le Mex (Alexandrie): USD 75,000

Moustafa (Egyptian, b. 1943)

Excavation from the Twentieth: USD 75,000

Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926-1993)

Untitled: USD 68,750

Dia Azzawi (Iraqi, b. 1939)

Diary #3: USD 62,500

Fateh Moudarres (Syrian, 1922-1999)

Untitled: USD 62,500

Zeinab Abd El Hamid (Egyptian, 1919-2002)

Quartier Populaire: USD 58,750

Hamed Nada (Egyptian, 1924-1990)

Untitled: USD 56,250

Kadhim Haider (Iraqi, 1932-1985)

And a Horse is Selling: USD 50,000

Ramsès Younan (Egyptian, 1913-1966)

Composition No 3: USD 50,000

Parviz Tanavoli (Iranian, b. 1937)

Heech: USD 50,000

Nasrollah Afjehei (Iranian, b. 1933)

Calligraphy: USD 47,500

Timo Nasseri (Iranian, b. 1972)

Parsec #11: USD 43,750

Manoucher Yektai (Iranian, b. 1922)

Untitled (Still Life): USD 40,000

Sirak Melkonian (Iranian, b. 1930)

Untitled: USD 37,500

Hafidh Al Droubi (Iraqi, 1941 - 1991)

The Dancer: USD 35,000

Elie Kanaan (Lebanese, 1926-2009)

Untitled: USD 32,500

Samir Rafi (Egyptian, 1926-2004)

Untitled: USD 30,000

Dia Azzawi (Iraqi, b. 1939)

Standing Figure: USD 27,500

Massoud Arabshahi (Iranian, b. 1935)

Soleil d’Or: USD 27,500

At the end of the day, 79 lots went under hammer, of which 25 had no buyers – 8 lots from Iran. However, as mentioned earlier, with USD 1,226,250 for 15 lots, some 40 percent of sale total of USD 2,973,625 went to Iran. The premier auctions and private sales of the finest art from Iran that couldn’t find buyers included those of Gholamhossein Nami, Farideh Lashai, Reza Derakhshani, Shirin Neshat, and Farah Osouli.