Revealed by Sotheby’s, an enthralling photograph of famed American-British actress Elizabeth Taylor, taken in 1976 by Iranian-American photographer Firooz Zahedi during her trip to Tehran, was auctioned on Tuesday at the 20th Century Art/Middle East auction in London.
The auction, held during Orientalist and Middle Eastern Art week at Sotheby’s, featured artists from the contemporary to the modern era including works by Emirati artist Hassan Sharif, Iranian painter and sculptor Bahman Mohasses and more.
Titled Elizabeth Taylor Dressed as an Odalisque II (1976), the treasured photograph of the 20th century icon was sold at a whopping record price of Dhs65,728 - more than double the estimate of £4,000.
When Zahedi and Taylor returned from their trip to Tehran, the masterpiece was published by American artist and co-founder of Interview magazine, Andy Warhol, and later showcased at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition in 2012. Zahedi, now one of the most celebrated photographers in Hollywood, continued photographing Taylor ever since.
The sale total for the 20th Century Art/Middle East auction at Sotheby's was £3.4 million.
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