Cattelan statue goes for over $1 mln at record auction

'Andreas e Mattia' depicts lifelike seated hobo

Cattelan statue goes for over $1 mln at record auction

Doha, April 23 - A work by acclaimed Italian contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan went for over $1 million at a record-breaking auction in Doha on Tuesday. The piece, 'Andreas e Mattia', is a lifelike statue of a seated hobo facing a wall. It sold for $1,265,000. The overall auction generated $15 million, five million more than expected, making it the highest-yielding auction Sotheby's has ever hosted in the region, the auction house said. "We didn't expect to have such an incredible outcome," said Lina Lazaar Jamel, a contemporary art specialist for Sotheby's. The auction also reaped the highest-ever bid for a work by a living Arab artist: Chant Avedissian's 'Icons of the Nile', which sold for $1,565,000. The highest bid of the day, $3 million, went to an installation by Donald Judd, the father of the minimalist movement.

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