Sotheby’s Arts of the Islamic World auction in London on 22 April 2015 will feature exquisite and important manuscripts in Arabic, Persian and Turkish alongside paintings, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery from the Middle East, India and the wider Islamic World. The sale is led by a leaf from the legendary manuscript commonly known as the ‘Blue Qur’an’, named after the rich blue hue of its indigo-dyed vellum. When complete it would have been one of the most luxurious early-medieval manuscripts produced in the Islamic world. The auction will open with a never-before-offered private collection of 49 objects assembled in Alexandria at the dawn of the 20th-Century, a time when the city was one of the great hubs of creativity and collecting. Benedict Carter, Sotheby’s Head of Auction Sales, Middle East Department, commented: “We’re delighted to offer such a broad spectrum of rare and fresh-to-the-market objects to

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