DOHA – A painting by renowned artist Andy Warhol will be one of the main items up for sale at Sotheby’s contemporary art auction to be held in Qatar on March 18. "Sixteen Jackies" which depicts Jacqueline Kennedy smiling is expected to fetch between US$2.5 million and $3.5 million. The painting is based on a news photograph taken moments before U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
Warhol's painting heads up a group of choice works that includes paintings by top Arab and Iranian artists. The delicate technique of Iranian artist Mohammed Ehsai's extraordinary calligraphy has produced great interest in the art world. Critics have praised the stunning visual arrangements on his canvases. The exhibit will also include a large and unique set of works over the past half century by prominent painters including Damien Hirst, Farhad Moshiri, and Gerhard Richter.
Doha has become a centre of interest and attraction to the art world since the Islamic Art Museum designed by internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei was opened late last year. Prior to the Sotheby’s auction on March 18, the works to be sold will be on exhibit from March 14 at the Ritz-Carlton Doha Hotel.