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Iranian artist Sohrab Sepehri’s Untitled (From the Tree Trunks Series) is the largest and most significant work by the artist ever to come to auction – that was a personal commission by a member of the late Shah's cabinet, the former minister of Mohammadreza Shah Pahlavi, from Sohrab Sepehri in 1976. Two years after it was painted and hung by the artist himself in the minister's office, it was relocated first to London and then to the United States, and it has remained in private hands since.

Sohrab Sepehri is one of the most highly acclaimed of Iran’s twentieth century artists and poets. In this particular painting, the artist’s partial representation of tree trunks to indicate the whole tree was intentional, and symbolic of his introspection and state of mind.

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