Rare art and Harry Winston watches go under the hammer

August 17, 2014
For those in the Middle East who love a good auction – and who have several million dirhams to spare – there’s only one place to be on October 21. Christie’s Dubai will see a large number of exceptional artworks go under the hammer, as well as some fine jewelled pens and watches. A total of 10 works by the late Lebanese modernist Shafic Abboud will sell, mostly large compositions of his distinctive style, with each piece a part of his 60-year study of 'the essence of light through colour'. The collection is expected to fetch $2 million – around AED 7.3 million – and will be the highlight of the sale at Emirates Towers next month. [gallery link="none" ids="7013,7012"] The following day a collection of fine watches will go to auction including two tourbillions by exclusive brand Harry Winston. A handful of jewel-encrusted pens will also be up for grabs. There will also be three paintings for sale by father of modern Egyptian art Mahmoud Saïd. His work Bergère à Alamein (main image) is expected to fetch around $600,000 – AED 2.2 million. Après la pluie, au Liban has a guide price of $300,000 – AED 1.1 million – while the third lot Le Chat Blanc will go for around $120,000 – AED 440,000. For those who prefer to bid from the comfort of their own sofa, there will be an online only sale from October 16-30th. Works by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Effat Naghi, Louay Kayyali, Burhan Kum, Chant Avedissian, and Youssef Nabil will all be available. Christie’s at the Emirates Towers Hotel, October 21. Visit: christies.com