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Surgeon's 'Impressive' Art Collection Under the Hammer
26 Sep 2023

An art collection belonging to the late West Midlands vascular surgeon Magdi Latif Obeid is to go under the hammer at Halls Fine Art (online) in two online auctions (Sept 29 - Oct 17 & Oct 13 -31). Pictured above: Lot 5: Muirhead Bone (Scottish 1867-1953) Seises Dancing at the Altar, Seville Cathedral, with an estimate of £500-£700.

A prestigious collection of more than 350 paintings, prints and sculptures formerly belonging to a prominent West Midlands vascular surgeon is to be auctioned at Halls Fine Art, in Shrewsbury. 

The late Mr Magdi Latif Obeid (1943-2021) was a distinguished consultant general and vascular surgeon from the West Midlands whose passion for art led him to compile a significant collection which he began in the 1980s.

His discerning eye and deep appreciation for British 19th and 20th century art saw his collection grow and he contributed works to a number of exhibitions at institutions such as the Barber Institute of Fine Art and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

'The High and Mighty' by William Sternberg de Beer

Pictured: Lot 7: Willem Sternberg de Beer (b.1941) The High and Mighty, with an estimate of £600-£800.

The collection will be sold over two timed, online auctions from September 29 to October 17 and as part of a modern and contemporary art auction running from  October 13 – 31.

The auctions will includes works by artists including Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe, Willem Sternberg de Beer, Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, George Clare, William Leighton Leitch, John Henry Henshall and Frank Wooton. 

Mr Obeid had a particular interest in artists from the West Midlands, the Newlyn School and was also a keen collector of contemporary art, especially from exhibitions at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Having been raised in the Coptic Church he also acquired an interesting array of religious artworks and stained glass window designs.

“The scale and diversity of the collection exemplifies Mr Obeid’s profound love of art, which defined his collecting journey,” said Abigail Molenaar, art specialist at Halls Fine Art. It is always such a pleasure to handle a collection like this, one that has been put together from a sheer love of art and of collecting. Mr Obeid was a person who bought what he liked, sought out artists that he admired and brought together a really diverse and impressive collection.”

A picture of an Italian garden by Thomas Mostyn

Pictured: Lot 10: Thomas Edwin Mostyn (1864-1930) An Italian Garden, which carries an estimate of £700-£1,000.

Magdi Obeid

Mr Obeid (pictured here) was born in Khartoum, to Egyptian parents, and spent most of his career working in the West Midlands, including Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth and Dudley Road Hospitals, becoming a prominent specialist vascular surgeon.

Throughout his career, he made substantial contributions to the medical field, including serving on the intercollegiate board of examiners for general surgery and the council for the Association of Surgeons in Britain and Northern Ireland.

Interested buyers can view the collection at Halls Fine Art on the October 12 and 13. For further information, please contact Abigail Molenaar at fineart@hallsgb.com (01743) 450 700.