Telegraph-17 Sept

The Daily Telegraph

Tuesday 17 September 2019
Art Market Focus
Colin Gleadell


Next month, Christie’s is to sell about 150 weird and wonderful objects that belonged to Oliver Hoare, the private but influential art dealer who died last year at the age of 73.

In the seventies, he started the Islamic art department at Christie’s, and, then, in 1994 as a private art dealer, he orchestrated the exchange of Willem de Kooning’s £14million abstract expressionist masterpiece, Woman III, owned by the revolutionary Iranian government, with the Houghton Shahnameh, the holy grail of 16th-century Persian illustrated manuscripts, owned by the American millionaire Arthur Houghton.

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