Journal Article
The Purchase on Modernity: The Turkish National Narrative and Osman Hamdi Bey's 'The Tortoise Trainer'

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On December 12, 2004, crowds at the Artam Antik A.Ş. auction in Istanbul watched the price for Osman Hamdi Bey’s Kaplumbağa Terbiyecisi (“ e Tortoise Trainer,” 1906, Fig. 1) escalate forty-two times as the Pera Museum and the Istanbul Modern museum grasped at the chance to add this painting to their respective collections. Following a nation-wide banking crisis in 2001, the painting was being sold at auction from the seized collection of the bankrupt İktisat Bank. Despite estimates for the painting to sell at 1.95 million Turkish Lira (TL), the Pera Museum ultimately bought the work for 5 million TL (approximately 3.5 million dollars), the highest price ever paid for any Turkish paint- ing. Both museums wished to possess this exceptional piece from the late-Ottoman era, but were they vying for it for the same reasons?1

full article begins on page 179 (aka p99 in the online pdf)

Title
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsAri N
JournalThresholds
Volume43
Pagination178-187, 226-235
ISBN Number978–0–9961166–0–2
Abstract

First paragraph..

On December 12, 2004, crowds at the Artam Antik A.Ş. auction in Istanbul watched the price for Osman Hamdi Bey’s Kaplumbağa Terbiyecisi (“ e Tortoise Trainer,” 1906, Fig. 1) escalate forty-two times as the Pera Museum and the Istanbul Modern museum grasped at the chance to add this painting to their respective collections. Following a nation-wide banking crisis in 2001, the painting was being sold at auction from the seized collection of the bankrupt İktisat Bank. Despite estimates for the painting to sell at 1.95 million Turkish Lira (TL), the Pera Museum ultimately bought the work for 5 million TL (approximately 3.5 million dollars), the highest price ever paid for any Turkish paint- ing. Both museums wished to possess this exceptional piece from the late-Ottoman era, but were they vying for it for the same reasons?1

full article begins on page 179 (aka p99 in the online pdf)