Sun Nov 22, 2015 02:55AM
Girl With Lovelock" by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec on display at Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art on November 20, 2015 (AFP)
Girl With Lovelock" by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec on display at Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art on November 20, 2015 (AFP)

Many of the world’s most expensive and rarely seen pieces of modern art, including works by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock are on display in an exhibition in Tehran.

Sorrowing Old Man ('At Eternity's Gate') by Vincent van Gogh

The 42 Western works are part of a collection at Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art.

Just one of the works, Pollock's "Mural on Indian Red Ground",  was valued some five years ago at around $250 million.

Visitors take in Irish-born British painter Francis Bacon's "Reclining Man with Sculpture" (L) and American artist Franz Kline's "Untitled" in Tehran on November 20, 2015 (AFP)

Warhol's 1963 work, called  "Suicide", is part of the display.

Baboon and Young, Vallauris, October 1951 (cast 1955), is a bronze sculpture by Pablo Picasso.

"Sienna Orange and Black on Dark Brown" an oil on canvas by American artist Mark Rothko and Irish-born British painter Francis Bacon's "Reclining Man with Sculpture" are also present in the exhibition.

An Iranian woman studies "Sienna Orange and Black on Dark Brown" by American artist Mark Rothko at Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art on November 20, 2015 (AFP)

"This is a first step and we hope to have more mutual cooperation to showcase outstanding Iranian artists as well as displaying more works from our foreign art collection," Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati told AFP following a Friday night preview of the gallery.

The art works have already been put on display multiple times.