Painting by Ottoman artist sold for $1.6M in Austria
Lady of Istanbul, a painting by 19th century Ottoman painter, has been sold on Oct. 23 in an auction in Austria for €1.5 million ($1.6 million).
Doris Krumpl, spokesperson of the art gallery, told Anadolu Agency that the painting was the most expensive one this year, adding that its value reached to over €1.7 million or $1.9 million, including the commissions and tax.
Krumpl stressed that Lady of Istanbul was among the prominent works of Osman Hamdi Bey -- a pioneering Turkish painter who lived between 1842 and 1910.
The model for the painting is unknown, but Osman Hamdi Bey was known to paint his family members, according to Dorotheum.
The painter’s work from 1890, Koranic Instruction was also sold on Wednesday in London for £4.64 million ($5.92 million).
Girl Reciting Quran, another work from Osman Hamdi Bey, was sold to Malaysian Islamic Arts Museum last month in London for £6.3 million ($8.1 million).