Young Woman Reading reached to £6.3 million (US$7.8 million) at a Bonhams auction in London, setting a new world record price for Osman Hamdi Bey at auction.
The sale price was more than 10 times its presale low estimate of £600,000.
Charles O’Brien, Bonhams head of 19th-century art, said that “The 1880 painting
Young Woman Reading depicts a kneeling young girl reading the Qur’an against a colorful background with Islamic designs, and demonstrates the unique nature of Osman Hamdi’s Orientalism, and his artful game,”
The previous record for Osman Hamdi Bey was his 1906 painting The Tortoise Trainer, which fetched US$3.5 million.
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