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Suez Canal Scene by Egyptian Artist Sets Record in Dubai

A watercolor and gouache work by Egyptian painter Abdul Hadi El-Gazzar depicting workers building the Suez Canal fetched $1.02 million, almost eight times its presale high estimate, setting an auction record for the artist last night in Dubai.

The painting, sold to a telephone bidder, was the top lot at the sale held by Christie’s International Plc. The previous record for El-Gazzar (1925-1966) was set at a Christie’s Dubai auction in 2011 when an oil painting sold for $746,500, according to ArtNet Worldwide Corp.