|Njideka Akunyili Crosby's 'A La Warhol' (56.5 x 44.5 cm, oil on canvas, 2010)|
Highest sold was lot 63, a tribute titled
A La Warhol by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and sold for £200,000 from an estimate of £70,000.
Sotheby’s second dedicated auction of Modern and Contemporary African Art featured other works by Ibrahim Mahama, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Mohau Modisakeng, Athi-Patra Ruga, El Anatsui, Irma Stern, Nicholas Hlobo, William Kentridge and Ben Enwonwu.
Ahead of the the auction, Sotheby's had described the sale as "a carefully selected collection of paintings, photographs, drawings and sculpture from the 20th and 21st centuries from across the African continent." But works for sale oome "with a strong focus on the postcolonial era."
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However, with such an unprecedented gathering of top names in African Art at a single auction, the results ended up being so low.
Last year, Sotheby's debut of modern and contemporary African Art auction recorded a total £2,794,750 (about $3,600,000) for 79 lots sold out of a total 116 displayed for sales, in the same city. Interestingly, few montåhs earlier, Akunyili recorded £2.1m at the a Sotheby's auction in London.