The Young Collector’s Auction


I’ve always been so curious about auctions.

Not only are they über chic, attracting the creme de la creme of art buffs … they seem so exclusive too. I’ve always wanted to go to one and play the part of a mysterious woman in big floppy theatrical hat and scarlet lipstick; looking like a some sort of heiress character with a story to tell.

I’d sit at the back and furrow my brow in deep contemplation while examining the artwork… “Should I bid on this one?? Yes ? No? Will it go with the decor in my mansion in Emirates Hills? Sure…” (raises paddle nonchalantly). Yawn. Next.

Alas! As colourful as that fantasy is, it seemed futile. I always assumed auctions were unattainable. Not for the spectators, only for the participants – but I was delighted to discover I was wrong. Not all auctions are solely for collectors to enjoy.




The Young Collector’s Auction at Ayyam Gallery had a very warm and open atmosphere, welcoming all art enthusiasts – even aspiring collectors who weren’t intending on bidding that night.

Tempting as it was to don a large floppy hat for the occasion, I decided to go with something a tad more subtle …

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Just like how I imagined it, the auction was an exhilarating, exciting and enriching experience. It was hosted by auctioneer Hisham Samawi, whose quick-witted quips and banter proved to make a very entertaining night. There were 78 artworks and installations auctioned that evening all created by Arab contemporary artists.

Personally, I was really looking forward to seeing Shurooq Amin and Safwan Dahoul’s work, because I am such a huge fan of both of them and really liked the pieces they had for auction.

For this blog post I am just highlighting some of my favorite works and how much they went for. If you are interested in what’s going on in the Arab art scene feast your pretty little eyes on these …

Shurooq Amin  Kuwaiti artist "The Kiss"  $3,000

Shurooq Amin
Kuwaiti artist
“The Kiss”

Shurooq Amin Kuwaiti artist "My Mistress and Family" $3,000

Shurooq Amin
Kuwaiti artist
“My Mistress and Family”

Safwan Dahoul Syrian artist "Reve"  $8,000

Safwan Dahoul
Syrian artist

Afshin Pirhashemi
Irani artist
“I don’t need sex”

Abdulrahman Katanani Palestinian artist X-Altanorah $21,000

Abdulrahman Katanani
Palestinian artist

Ahmad Moualla Syrian artist  Untitled  $16,000

Ahmad Moualla
Syrian artist

Ammar Al Beik Syrian artist "Umm Kulthum" $6,500

Ammar Al Beik
Syrian artist
“Umm Kulthum”

Ghassan Sebai Syrian artist "Untitled" $11,000

Ghassan Sebai
Syrian artist

Nazir Nabaa Syrian artist "Untitled" $7,500

Nazir Nabaa
Syrian artist