World Bulletin/News Desk
A 190-piece collection of Ottoman art pieces and Turkish master artists' paintings went under the hammer Saturday in an auction organized by the Istanbul-based auction house Antique Co.'s 282nd art and antique sale.
The highlight of the sale was 19th-century Ottoman artist Osman Hamdi Bey's "The Front of the Mosque" (Cami Onu) with an opening price of 10 million Turkish liras ($4.8 million). However, the piece wasn't put on sale as one of the heirs put in a claim for it a day before the auction. The oil-on-canvas painting was part of the private collection of Mustafa Zeki Bey, the former mayor of Kocaeli's Gebze district.
Other valuable paintings by famous Ottoman artist Halil Pasa, including a 1900 rendition of his masterpiece "Cesme Yolu," went to an undisclosed buyer for 1,200,000 Turkish liras ($576,000) with an opening price of 900,000 Turkish liras in the auction.
Another Ottoman artist Hoca Ali Rıza's "Landscape" was sold for 820,000 Turkish liras, Republican-era artists Hale Asaf's "Self-portrait' was sold for 430,000 Turkish liras, an old Qur'an was sold for 340,000 Turkish liras, and Ibrahim Calli's famous "Magnolia" was sold for 240,000 Turkish liras in the auction.
Turgay Artam, who conducted the auction, said the venue has experienced record sales, saying the result points to the fact that the art market is on the rise and is a good sign for Turkish art and artists.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Mayıs 2014, 23:34