Farhad Moshiri's Secret Garden brings $1m

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2015-06-26 13:14:27

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Farhad Moshiri's Secret Garden brings $1m

Secret Garden by Farhad Moshiri, a painting of a crystal-covered bear, led Christie's Dubai auction

A painting entitled Secret Garden by Farhad Moshiri, featuring a large crystal-studded bear clutching a sleeping child to its chest, sold for $987,750 at Christie's Dubai on April 16.

The ambiguous work sold to a private collector, with an impressive 97.6% increase on its $500,000 top estimate.

Christie's Dubai Secret Garden auctionSecret Gardens exaggerated size and colours diffuse a cynical undertone to the work

In 2010, Iranian artist Moshiri commented: "My work has a lot to do with Iranian culture on the verge of being absurd. It can be described as an all you can eat buffet."

In 2008, Moshiri became the first Middle Eastern artist to sell a work at auction for more than $1m.

Before the sale, Christie's Michael Jera argued that the art market in Dubai is "more sustainable with much steadier growth", following the boom years of 2007-2008.

With over 40 major art galleries now established in Dubai, the oil-rich United Arab Emirates city, which was on the brink of default in 2009, remains the Middle East's most significant global art player.

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