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The auction house has links in the region that go back 20 years since they first held sales of Arab stallions in the USA which generated huge interest from Qatar.

Highlights from forthcoming sales in London, New York and Geneva of Impressionist pictures, Arab and Iranian Contemporary art, jewellery and watches have already appeared in Doha.

Christie’s and Bonhams have both already held sales in the Middle East although they have chosen Dubai as their headquarters.