Sotheby’s Dubai has unveiled its Spring Exhibition which showcased a diverse range of its international offerings. On display, visitors will fin Michael Jordan memorabilia, glittering jewels and coveted watches from the most renowned houses, rare objects from the Islamic world, and contemporary paintings by Middle Eastern artists. This exhibition also marks the first time an auction house has exhibited streetwear in the Middle East, six sneakers from Michael Jordan’s Championship games.
Jordan is considered by many to be the greatest athlete of all time but for sneakerheads and streetwear enthusiasts, he is so much more. His collaboration with Nike, which began in late 1984 led to one of the most iconic sneakers of all time, the Air Jordan 1. To commemorate the ‘Jordan Year’ – the basketball legend’s jersey number was 23 – Sotheby’s has presented The Dynasty Collection. Featuring one Air Jordan from each of Jordan’s six championship-winning NBA finals the exhibition is nothing less than iconic.
The set represents the most valuable and significant collection of Air Jordan sneakers ever brought to market. The collection is on display until Friday, before being offered for private sale.
The Spring Exhibition also brings residents in Dubai a chance to view rare and exquisite pieces of jewelry along with historic watches from Sotheby’s New York, Geneva, and Hong Kong. On display, visitors will find timepieces like a Patek Philippe Reference 5531R World Time Minute Repeater, one of the rarest and most coveted models from the illustrious brand, or a yellow gold Reference 6241 Daytona Paul Newman ‘John Player Special’ circa 1968. Iconic jewelry being showcased includes the Zip necklace, a design that came into being based on a suggestion from the Duchess of Windsor to Van Cleef & Arpels.
For culture and art aficionados, there is the Arts of the Islamic World auction. Witness a rich heritage of art produced under Islamic patronage, from Spain and North Africa to the Middle East, Central Asia to India, and beyond, over a period of over 1,200 years. Artifacts being exhibited include a rare folio from the royal Shahnameh – or ‘Book of Kings’ – made for Shah Tahmasp of Persia and a Qur’an leaf in Kufic script dating to 850-950 AD. There is also the Al Zayani Collection of Middle Eastern Art which showcases works by acclaimed artists like Abdel Hadi El-Gazzar, Hassan Hajjaj and Fahrelnissa Zeid, and many more.