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Sotheby’s to Auction Two Works by Egyptian Art Pioneer Mahmoud Mokhtar

Two bronze statues by the iconic Mahmoud Mokhtar will be auctioned off by Sotheby's, the most prolific art sellers in the world.

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Despite his relatively short life, Mahmoud Mokhtar is considered Egypt’s most famous sculptor, and a pioneer for the nationalist Egyptian Art movement in the early 20th century. Sotheby’s, the most prolific art sellers in London and possibly the world, is preparing to auction two of the iconic sculptor’s pieces during ‘The 20th Century Art/Middle East Sale’ from March 20th to March 30th.

The first bronze statue, ‘Ibn Al-Balad’, was the artist’s graduation project in 1910, and is valued between GBP 90,000 to GBP 110,000. The other statue, ‘Arous El Nil’, was made in 1929, and will be auctioned starting at GBP 120,000 to GBP 180,000.

Other pieces of Mokhtar’s work have previously been sold at Sotheby’s. His ‘On the Banks of the Nile’ sculpture sold for GBP725,000 in 2015. In 2016, another one of Mokhtar’s pieces went up for auction starting at GBP 30,000, and was sold for GBP 317,000.