Abu Dhabi Art (ADA) held their inaugural event on Nov. 19-22, 2009 and debuted at the super-luxurious, $3-billion Emirates Palace Hotel amid much glitz, pomp and art-world curiosity. In attendance, Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince's wife, Sheikha Salama, art dealers Larry Gagosian, Tony Shafrazi and art galleries such as Galerie Jerome de Noirmont and New York's Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller. Heavy weight contemporary artists Jeff Koons, David Mach, Louise Bourgeois made their debut while Andy Warhol triptych's of portraits of the late Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, his wife, the Empress Farah Pahlavi, and his twin sister, Princess Ashraf Pahlavi were seen by attendees.
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Above: Jeff Koons, Diamond (Red), (1994-2005), Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, New York