Sotheby's Contemporary Art  / Doha auction will take place on October 13, but the exhibit opens on October 7 at the Katara Art Center. With prominent artists and high profile pieces, there is quite a lot of buzz surrounding this auction.

Last year's auction netted $15.1 M and broke the world record for the highest selling piece of contemporary art in the Middle East. The top seller in 2013 was Donald Judd's Untitled (Bernstein 90-1) which sold for $3.5 M. This year the piece with the highest estimate is Damien Hirst's Tranquility, estimated at $1,000,000 - $1,500,000. Tranquility is one of Hirst's Kaleidoscope pieces, mosaics which feature butterfly wings in lieu of glass or stone.

DAMIEN HIRST. Tranquility, 2008. Estimated at $1,000,000 - $1,500,000. Sotheby's DAMIEN HIRST. Tranquility, 2008. Photo via Sotheby's

Many of the featured artists have never sold any works at auction before. Lucien Smith will make his debut in the auction world with Forces of Nature, estimated at $80,000 - $100,000. The piece is part of the series Rain Paintings, which Smith creates by filling a fire extinguisher with paint that he then sprays on a canvas. Another first timer is Tracey Emin with I Could Have Really Loved You, neon sign spelling out the piece's title in pink enclosed in a blue heart.

Several  different mediums are represented in this auction. Alongside oil paintings and photographs there are video pieces, mixed media pieces and large installations. The auction will not only mark the debut of Shirin Neshat's video pieces being sold at auction, but it will also be the first time any video pieces are auctioned in the Middle East. Neshat's Passage is estimated at $200,000 - $300,000, and depicts an islamic funeral procession. Neshat has another piece in the auction, a still from a different video which she has painted over, Tooba Series is estimated at $30,000 - $40,000.

Nja Mahdaoui's installation IKHTILEJ, estimated at $300,000 - $400,000, is made up of twenty hand painted drums that are suspended from the ceiling. Another large installation is Heaven's Doors by Rashed Al Shashai, a backlit piece in three parts which at first glance looks like a stained glass window but up close reveals to be created out of everyday items. 

RASHED AL SHASHAI. Heaven's Doors. 2013 RASHED AL SHASHAI. Heaven's Doors. 2013. Photo via Sotheby's


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