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Art Market Overview: Iranian Artists

Published on , by Agathe Albi-Gervy

Iranian contemporary artists are very active, committed and link tradition and modernity. The market is booming despite the current political turmoil.

  Art Market Overview: Iranian Artists

In 2021, six of the 40 galleries at Asia Now were from Tehran. Artprice has analyzed Iranian artists’ sales trends: Christie's 2008 Dubai auctions seem to have kicked off a new era with $30 million in sales. Since then, the market has grown significantly, despite ups and downs. The Wall, a 1975 work by sculptor Parviz Tanavoli (born 1937), holds the record for an Iranian artist: it fetched $2.8 M at the aforementioned Christie’s auction. The name of poet and painter Sohrab Sepehri (1928–1980) appears four times in the ten highest bids for paintings sold in Tehran between 2015 and 2018.

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