Auction - Sotheby's to sell work of Chinese artist in first-ever calligraphy sale

Sotheby’s will sell the work of Chinese contemporary artist Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang in its first-ever sale devoted to calligraphy ‘Hurouf: The Art of The Word’ in Doha Dec 16. The ink and watercolour on paper mounted on canvas work, Khariytah Al-'Alam (The Map Of The World), is one of the largest, at 142 by 247cm, and finest examples by the artist ever to appear on the auction market. The artist's work is already very popular throughout the Middle East due to the regional
subjects he tackles, and in the present piece he repeats the word ‘Allah’ to create his artwork. The inclusion of his painting in the sale represents the artist’s first-ever appearance on the auction market, Sotheby's said. The 145-lot auction will feature works by over 65 artists from 24 countries, with 82 pieces in the sale which are contemporary interpretations of calligraphy. The entire auction carries a pre-sale estimate of in excess of $4 million.