Egyptian famed actress Sherihan auctions a dress at Sotheby’s for Beirut

Ahram Online , Wednesday 2 Dec 2020

Designed for her role in Arabian Nights, the dress has since become the most expensive in the Middle East


Egyptian actress Sherihan is leading a number of global and Middle Eastern celebrities in donating some of their exceptional possessions to a charity auction dubbed ‘To Beirut with Love’ which is open for bidding from 7 to 15 December.

Sherihan is putting up the luxurious silk haute couture gown that she co-designed and wore for her Ramadan show Arabian Nights in 1987 for auction. The dress, that bears Sherihan’s signature, is considered the most expensive in the Middle East.

The Lebanese singer Majida Al-Roumi, American actress Emma Stone, international model Naomi Campbell, British artist Damien Hirst, and British singer Geri Halliwell will also be auctioning off their prized items.

The international auction house, Sotheby's, is cooperating with five Lebanese NGOs to raise funds to rebuild Lebanon and support the Lebanese people after an explosion rocked Beirut Port in August.

The five charities involved are Nusaned, Beit Al-Baraka, and Baytna Baytak who primarily focus on sheltering displaced families; Al-Fanar, a venture philanthropy organisation which provides support for social entrepreneurs and small businesses; and House of Christmas, which helps preserve and protect heritage buildings.

The items that have been donated for auction include possessions from international fashion houses, Arab and foreign celebrities, artists, as well as international jewellery designers. Sotheby's will also name one artist as the most popular star on the sidelines of the event.

Sherihan started her acting career at an early age across multiple platforms, including cinema, television, and theatre.

She starred in several Ramadan Fawazir and is best known for her roles in Arabian Nights, Around the World, and Things & Needs.

Although Sherihan chose to remain away from the spotlight, she is still considered an icon of musicals in Egypt.

The superstar Sherihan had retired in 2002 due to health issues; however, in 2017, during a party sponsored by Al-Adl Group, she announced coming out of retirement.

Recently, film critic Tarek El-Shennawy announced that Sherihan is oncAe again returning to the theatre in a new play titled Coco Chanel which will be directed by Hady El-Bagouri.

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