First auction house opens in Qatar
AlBahie, Qatar’s first auction house, was opened by the country’s Cultural Village, Katara on Thuesday.
The auction house will feature regularly scheduled bi-annual auctions, featuring a variety of artwork, fine furniture, jewellery and watches, among other valuable collectables.
“Through AlBahie Auction House, Katara aims at promoting the culture of valuable fine collectibles ownership, which will continue to be a future-guaranteed value investment for winners,” Dr Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, the general manager of Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, said.
“The auction house, ambitious enough to soon become the leading auction powerhouse in the region, will also provide new collectors and potential local and regional consignors with access to confidential, expert advice and valuations for their items,” he added.
The auction house will be headed by Corinne Lefebvre, who comes from a relevant background having been a History of Art professor, with experience in auction houses and galleries.
“The market for Oriental and Middle Eastern fine and decorative art is of huge global significance – at AlBahie, we have the advantage of local knowledge, but with a considerable international reach, offering the best possible opportunities for our consignees and a superb selection of items for our collectors. AlBahie is set to be a wonderful addition for a region famed for its connoisseurship and love of the arts,” Lefebvre said.
Future auctions will include one on Oriental Carpets and Rugs, scheduled to take place in May.
The world of auctions has shown an increasing interest in the GCC region. Global auction house Christie’s has just celebrated its ten-year anniversary in Dubai.