INTRODUCTION London has seen a series of sales of antique Islamic art over the past few years rising to what might be called a boom, especially in material from Persia -- modern day Iran.
SV People in Sotheby's auction room looking at artwork for auction
SCU Turkish miquelet-type pistol with ocelot head, butt set with ocelot teeth
MV & CU Painting of young price holding a cane by Mu'in (2 shots)
CU Persian Shahnama illuminated manuscript by Firdausi circa 1550 (2 shots)
CU Two Iranian steel doves decorated in gold
CU Persian 19th century Qajar gold Qalian bowl
CU Cairo carpet market 1887 painting by Charles Robertson (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION London has seen a series of sales of antique Islamic art over the past few years rising to what might be called a boom, especially in material from Persia -- modern day Iran.
SYNOPSIS: The latest sales at the famous London auction rooms of Sotheby's realised GBP3,600 sterling (6,156 U.S. dollars) for a rate Turkish miquelet pistol with an ocelot head butt set with real ocelot teeth. A painting of a young prince holding a camp fetched GBP40,000 sterling (68,400 U.S. dollars) -- the top price reached during the current series of spring auctions. It was the work of the Persian artist, Mu'in.
Another top selling item was a Shahnama illuminated manuscript of stages of Persia's history by Firdausi from the mid-Sixteenth Country. It was sold for GBP36,000 sterling (61,560 U.S. dollars).
Two 19th Century Persian steel doves heavily damascened in gold sold for GBP14,000 sterling (23,940 U.S. dollars). Prices may have seemed high but they did not reach expected figures.
A Persian Qajar lacquer-work gold Qalian bowl with insets of turquoise fetched GBP9,000 sterling (15,390 U.S. dollars). The Qajar work in particular failed to reach expected prices. A painting by Charles Robertson showing the Cairo carpet bazaar as it was in 1887 realised GBP7,500 sterling (12,825 U.S. dollars). All told the sale realised nearly GBP421,000 sterling (719,000 U.S. dollars), but 33 per cent of the goods on sale did not reach their reserve prices.