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One of the Greats In the Art Collecting World – Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani – Dies Unexpectedly at Age 48

 

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Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani – A Personal Image of a Great Man Gone far to Young

 

One of the Great in the Art Collecting World – Passes Away

 

Widely regarded at one of the world’s richest and most powerful art collector, Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Quatar has passed away suddenly at his London home.

 

Al-Thani was only 48-years-old, and at this time his death is being related to natural causes.

 

The cousin of Qatar’s current Emir, Sheikh Al-Thani served as the country’s president of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage from 1997 to 2005. During this time he oversaw the development of the oil-rich nation’s ambitious plans to build an extensive line of museums, libraries and schools.

 

The Sheikh also is known to have spent over $1 billion dollars on art purchases during that same period – more than any other individual in the world.

 

 

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Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani Paid the Highest Price Ever Recorded For a Piece of Art – Paul Cezanne’s “The Card Players’ – Sold $250 Million Dollars

 

 

 

 

The royal family of Qatar is known for its prestigious collections. The collection covers a vast array, from ancient manuscripts to contemporary art.

 

Over the past 20+ years, Sheikh Al-Thani acquired a vast collection of the finest art and artifacts. He concentrated on historical pieces and well as some of the best Islamic ceramics, textiles, scientific instruments and jewelry.

 

 

 

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Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani Paid 4.6 Million Pounds for this Outstanding set of Audubon Bird Prints

 

 

 

 

His collection makes up a major portion of the holdings in five existing and planned museums – they include, The Museum of Islamic Art, The National History Museum, The National Library, a Photography Museum and a museum for traditional textiles and clothing.

 

Sheikh Al-Thani was also a major collector of antique, vintage and rare cars, bicycles, antique furniture and Chinese antiquities.

 

 

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The Henry Graves Patek Philippe Pocketwatch Bought by the Shaikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani – $11 Million in 1999

 

 

 

 He is known recently for his purchase of the Henrey Graves Pateke Philippe Pocket watch, which sold for $11 million in 1999, and most notably paying the highest price ever recorded for a piece of art in a private sale or auction – $250 million dollars for Paul Cezanne’s “Card Players.”

 

A man of great stature, Sheik Al-Thani passed away November 9th – gone far too young from the world of antiques and art.

 

 

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