Towards the end of the month, Sotheby’s will auction off a private collection of one of a kind item that belongs to His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani – specifically his home in Doha. The sale will include 400 lots that amount to an estimated value of a cool €2-3 million.
The sale of the noteworthy items celebrates Sheikh Hamad’s creativity as his Doha home was one of the first that he had designed and decorated himself. The pieces are a tribute to nothing but the opulence and decadence of European interiors in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Some pieces within the collection include an insight to the former ruler’s fondness for French carpentry, and exclusive items he had hand selected from Asia, the Middle East, Russia, Italy and the UK.
The lots include some of the rarest and most valuable pieces of furniture, including works by infamous French cabinetmaker Jean-François Oeben (1721-1763), the refined Parisian ébéniste Roger Vandercruse Lacroix (1728-1799), and the master carpenter Nicolas-Quinibert Foliot (1706-1776), who were some of the most celebrated creators of their time.
There are highly valuable paintings also going to auction, which each had a space in the coastal Doha royal palace, such as The Penitent Magdalene by the Circle of Leonardo da Vinci or Andrea Verrocchio (estimated at €20,000-30,000).