Some of the works on display at the gallery.
Sotheby’s Dubai marks official opening
DUBAI, March 13, 2017
Marking the official opening of Sotheby’s Dubai, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held today at the global auction house’s new gallery and office space at the Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, UAE.
The event, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Nahyan, Minister of Culture & Knowledge Development, will be hosted by Sotheby’s president and CEO Tad Smith and Sotheby’s chairman for the Middle East Edward Gibbs.
“This past Saturday was Sotheby's 273rd birthday, and we are proud to celebrate this and our forty years of service to clients in the Middle East by opening our new gallery and office space within the Dubai International Financial Centre," said Smith.
He added: "The Middle East, and especially the United Arab Emirates, has grown and prospered at an extraordinary pace. Sotheby's footprint in Dubai brings three centuries of history and expertise, and we look forward to contributing to an even greater future together on this fulcrum of the world's jewellery, art, and luxury car markets."
Gibbs added: “As our company evolves to meet the needs of every aspect of the art and luxury market globally, we’ve seen particular traction with our Middle Eastern clients. Our Dubai office enhances our ability to serve our fast-growing community of clients across the region and is geared to broadening the scope of what we offer to a whole new audience. Acquiring outstanding works of art, jewels or collectibles that we bring to the market is a thrilling quest, and we are delighted to be part of that journey both globally and locally."
The launch of Sotheby’s Dubai follows year-on-year growth in the number of Middle Eastern client participating in the company’s global sales, resulting in a 30 per cent increase in the number of buyers from the region over the last five years. Jewellery, contemporary art, impressionist and Modern and Old Master Paintings have driven this trajectory, while sales of Middle Eastern art have also grown, with an increase of 41 per cent in the value spent by clients in the region in the period of 2015 to 2016 alone, a statement said.
All of Sotheby’s sales are open to online bidding, with almost 20 per cent of purchases across the business made online in 2016. This gateway into the company’s offerings has gained significant traction with Middle Eastern clients, and in the last five years Sotheby’s has seen an increase of 47 per cent in the value they’ve spent online.
This year Sotheby’s launched a new Luxury & Lifestyle Division, uniting the categories of jewellery, watches, wine, cars and experiences, as well as the relationship with Sotheby’s International Realty. Jewellery is a particular area of focus for Sotheby’s Middle Eastern clients, where there has been an increase of 46 per cent in their spend from 2015 to 2016.
Marking the launch of Sotheby’s Dubai, the company’s largest and most wide-ranging exhibition in Dubai to date is unveiled in its gallery today. Bringing together worldwide highlights from Sotheby’s international auction calendar spanning the forthcoming season, the exhibition stars highly sought-after masterpieces by celebrated artists from the region alongside myriad pieces of historical importance, and a selection of exceptional jewellery and watches.
The exhibition will be open to the public from March 14 to 19. Sotheby’s Dubai is located at Ground floor, Gate Village Building 3, Dubai International Financial Centre.
An expanded programme of year-round events will be held in the new gallery, including selling and non-selling exhibitions, events and talks, reflecting the spectrum of Sotheby's international sales and extensive client services. The office will complement the existing network of offices across the region, it said.
Sotheby’s Dubai is the latest addition to the company’s global network of 80 offices across 40 countries, each of which offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as the collection advisory services of its subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners. Sotheby’s presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby's Global Fine Art Division, and two retail businesses, Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wine.
The oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID), Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. – TradeArabia News Service