TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran's autumn art sale opened on Thursday November 22 at the Sadabad Complex's Museum of Fine Arts. About 600 artworks by painters and sculptors of all ages were put on display two days before the opening, almost 200 of which were immediately sold and replaced by other items.
Deputy director of the Sadabad Complex, Nematollah Keikavusi said that a painting by Farideh Lashaii, which was one of the highest priced works on exhibit, had been sold for 140m rials (almost 14,000 $).
"It has been individuals and private collectors who have been purchasing the artworks and none have so far been bought by public organizations," he stated, adding that the organizers might dedicate one special day for the public sector, although they don't hold out much hope for sales in this area.
He further noted that the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) is responsible for the purchase of Iranian artworks which are over 80 years old so that they can be added to its cultural heritage collection. "This will prevent Iran's valuable artworks from ending up in foreign auctions," he said.
In the sculpture section of the sale, according to Keikavusi, 10 sculptures are on display by Sabeid Shahlapur, Gholamhossein Nami and Fatemeh Emdadian, none of which have yet been sold.
Artist Gholamhossein Nami believes that the art sale will help introduce Iranian contemporary art internationally, "Today, famous auction houses such as Christie's are showing interest in the works of Iranian artists and they are fetching good prices at their sales. This will have the effect of increasing the price of art inside the country," he explained.
The sale runs until December 17 at the venue which is located on Kamal Taheri St., Vali-e Asr Ave.
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