News ID: 255317
Published: 0154 GMT July 05, 2019

Minister: High sales at Tehran Auction indicate public interest in Iranian artists

Minister: High sales at Tehran Auction indicate public interest in Iranian artists

People in Iran show great interest in Iranian art and artists, said Iran’s Culture Minister Abbas Salehi, noting that a total of 80 artworks went under the hammer at the 11th Tehran Auction, which grossed 300 billon rials (about $8.2 million).

This is while the first edition of the auction, which is among the largest auctions in the Middle East, sold 80 works worth 20 billion rials.

He made the statement while visiting the auction, referring to the influence of auctions on the economics of art, IRNA reported.

In Iran, the visual arts and related studies have witnessed great advancement in recent years, he said, adding that the Tehran Auction is one such advancement.

He also said that Iranian art plays a significant role in international auctions.

Artistic investment is one way to represent the Iranian identity, and Iran’s cultural diplomacy can be consolidated through such investments, he said.

Salehi was accompanied by the Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Mohammad-Mojtaba Hosseini and the Executive Manager of Honar Credit Fund Hossein Seyyedzadeh.

The art collection includes 75 paintings and five sculptures by 60 deceased and living artists, including Parviz Tanavoli, Aidin Aghdashlu, Sohrab Sepehri, Mahmoud Farshchian, Masoud Arabshahi and Sadeq Tabrizi. 

The Tehran Auction organizes two sales per year. The first sale is dedicated to classic artworks and the second sale focuses on modern and contemporary works.

The auction was launched in 2012 as an independent and private initiative to introduce the best in Iranian art, ranging from established and emerging Iranian artists to art collectors and the global audience.

The event is aimed at addressing the increasing interest in modern and contemporary Iranian art and facilitating the acquisition of quality works in reliable ways.



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