Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Akunyili Crosby's 'A La Warhol' tops sales at Sotheby's modern, contemporary African auction

Njideka Akunyili Crosby's 'A La Warhol' (56.5 x 44.5 cm, oil on canvas, 2010)
During what was, perhaps, the biggest gathering of African modernists and contemporary artists, in a single art auction, Sotheby's London sold a total 1,802,750GBP for l11 lots put on sale.
  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 montÃ¥hs earlier, Akunyili recorded £2.1m at the a Sotheby's auction in London.

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