Iranian Painters Turn Golden Pages of New Chapter

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TEHRAN.- A new chapter has opened for Iranian artists enjoying a boom in sales and interest from major international auction houses such as Christie’s despite a global economic malaise and sanctions hitting Iran. Works by Iranian painters have been selling for fairly high prices, not only outside Iran’s borders but also inside the Islamic state where many Iranians are facing economic hardship. Many Iranians are fearful for the future, worrying about higher food and utilities prices. Many middle-class Iranians are squeezed by soaring rents and grocery bills on the one hand and stagnant salaries on the other. Iran’s economy has suffered under international sanctions imposed by the West because of its nuclear activities. Nevertheless, there remains an apparently insatiable appetite for Iranian works of art, irrespective of the different styles and mediums and prices. There ar