Christie’s has announced that its October sales in Dubai will relaunch its popular watch auction, as well as introduce the Part III on-line auction – the first online auction for Middle Eastern art as well as Christie’s Education in the region. These developments come alongside Christie’s 16th consecutive season of Modern and Contemporary, Arab, Iranian and Turkish art sales.
“As my colleagues around the world announce Christie’s expansion into the growth markets with sales to be held this year in both Shanghai and Mumbai, Christie’s Dubai continues to lead the market in the Middle East with a set of new initiatives aimed at increasing accessibility to our auctions to existing and new clients interested in buying art from the region,” said Michael Jeha, Managing Director Christie’s Middle East. “I am also delighted to welcome back watch sales into the auction calendar and to host a team from Christie’s Education who will, through a programme of personal tours, discussions and exclusive led by leading local artists, curators and gallery owners, be de-mystifying the international art market.”
The re-launch of Christie’s successful watch sales will highlight an 18-carat gold tourbillon wrist-watch by Breguet originally made for the 200th anniversary of the invention of the tourbillon movement by the firm. The watch is estimated at $60,000-80,000. Another highlight is an 18-carat rose gold oversized skeletonized time piece with flying tourbillon by Cartier estimated at $40,000-60,000 (illustrated above). There’s also a “Haute Joaillerie” diamond-set 18-carat white gold bracelet watch by Piaget, with an estimate of $40,000-60,000. The bracelet is set with 236 baguette-cut diamonds with a total weight of 30.58 carats and 192 round brilliant cut diamonds of an approximate weight of 15.41 carats.
On 24 October, the two-week long online only sale for Middle Eastern art opens for bidding and will run until 11 November 2013. Christie’s Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art will take place on 29 and 30 October 2013. The Watch Sale will be held immediately after the Part I Sale on 29 October. For more information visit www.christies.com