Highlights from the Najd Collection set to auction at Sotheby’s

Forty works from Najd Collection will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on October 22. (Courtesy: Sotheby’s)
Updated 16 September 2019

Highlights from the Najd Collection set to auction at Sotheby’s

Here are some highlights from the Najd Collection, from which 40 works will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on October 22. 

Osman Hamdy Bey

Sotheby’s bills the Najd Collection as “one of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled.” Before the auction, all 155 works will be travelling to New York, LA, Dubai and Paris for public viewing, including Bey’s “Koranic Instruction,” seen here.

Eugène Fromentin

Fromentin’s dramatic 1864 oil painting,“Windstorm on the Esparto Plains of the Sahara” — in which a storm menaces a group of horsemen with no shelter in sight — is expected to sell for between $490,000-$730,000. Fromentin was a French painter and writer best-known for his works featuring the land and people of Algeria. 

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant

“The King of Morocco Leaving to Receive a European Ambassador” is typical of the French painter and etcher’s work. Benjamin-Constant was well-known in his day (he received a state funeral in France in 1902), but has largely been forgotten since, perhaps because his work was so traditional. 


Saudi presenter Muna Abu Sulayman joins Gucci's board for Global Equity

Updated 29 September 2020

Saudi presenter Muna Abu Sulayman joins Gucci's board for Global Equity

RIYADH: Saudi media personality Muna Abu Sulayman has joined Gucci’s board for Global Equity. 

Sulayman made the announcement on her LinkedIn account on Tuesday.

The board is on a mission to define and measure the company’s priorities and targets in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion.

She wrote that “their mission is create a sense of belonging where each individual is valued and able to contribute and thrive.”

Sulayman said she had previously worked with Gucci through Chime for Change, an organization founded by the luxury brand for Gender Equality, which supports hundreds of female organizations and projects all over the world.