Christie's to hold two major auctions in Dubai this week

Christie's to hold two major auctions in Dubai this week

Including the largest watch sale ever in the region

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Sponsored by Zurich, this week sees Christie’s Dubai host modern Egyptian art, Iraqi paintings and the largest watch auction ever

Switching its regular spring sale to coincide with Dubai Art Week, international auctioneers Christie's Dubai will hold their 16th exhibition this week. A transformation of the Ballroom at Jumeirah's Emirates Towers – into a world-class art space – is taking place, with an important collection of modern Egyptian art, only shown to the public at a brief exhibition in Cairo in 2010, taking centre stage.

Christie's March Auctions in Dubai

Alongside the more than $5.5 million of art for sale are 120 watches including a spectacular, rare, emerald-set watch by Patek Philippe, expected to sell for around $300,000.

Michael Jeha, Christie's Managing Director in the Middle East, said: "This is a really exciting moment for us as we add our auctions to the stellar list of art-related events taking place in the city this week. When we held our first sale here in 2006 I never dreamt that Dubai could become such an important venue in the international art calendar so quickly."

Christie's March Auctions in Dubai

The Auction Details

Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art, takes place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel on Wednesday, 19 March at 7.00pm

Christie's Watch sale will take place on Thursday, 20 March at 7pm

Viewing is open to the public at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel: Monday 17 March: 2pm to 10pm, Tuesday 18 March: 10am to 1.30pm and Wednesday 19 March: 10am to 12noon

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