Source: Tehran Times
Sohrab Sepehri's sister Parvaneh is convinced that the painting attributed to her brother sold at Christie's sales of modern and contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish art, is a fake.
This is imprudent behavior by individuals who have offered a fraudulent painting for sale at auction, lowering the price of his works and ruining the reputation of Iranian contemporary painting, she told the Persian service of MNA on Sunday.
The auction was held on April 17 and 18 at the Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai.
"Several years ago, I noticed a fraudulent painting attributed to my brother offered for sale in an expo at Vahdat Hall at a high price. I really wanted to burn the painting in front of the others to prevent more fake works but the idea was not accepted at that time by the management of Iran's Office for Visual Arts," she said.
She added that she is not an expert on paintings but she knows her brother's artworks and can distinguish which one is real and which one is a fake.
She regretted that her brother's name and signature have been forged, and asked the officials to prevent these types of occurrences.
"I will surely write a letter to the managers of Christie's and will inform them about the incident," she concluded.
Sepehri (mostly known by his first name Sohrab) was born in Kashan, Isfahan Province on October 7, 1928 and died on April 21, 1980.
He was a notable modern Iranian painter and poet who wrote in blank verse style. He is regarded as one of the most famous modern Iranian poets.
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