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ArtNews: Sotheby’s Unveils its Third Sale of Modern and Contemporary African Art

This October, Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary African Art present a selection of exceptional works from across the African continent. The season’s sale will feature standout pieces by leading artist in this category, including Cheri Samba, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Ouattara Watts, El Anatsui, Marlene Dumas, David Goldblatt and Pascale Marthine Tayou.

Sotheby’s has consistently achieved outstanding results for artists in this category. Since debuting in 2016, Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary African Art sales have broken over 35 artists records and have attracted collectors from 33 different countries across 6 continents. Most recent sale saw over 50% of lots selling above their high estimate, most notable was Nigerian master Ben Enwonwu’s Africa Dances, which soared above its pre-sale estimate, realising £187,500/$265,744 (est. £20,000-30,000).

Sotheby’s  are inviting consignments for their upcoming auctions. Artists of interest include Ben Enwonwu, Gerard Sekoto, Ibrahim El Salahi, Yusuf Grillo, Irma Stern, Skunder Boghossian, Uzo Egonu, William Kentridge, Julie Mehretu, Abdoulaye Konate, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga and Nicholas Hlobo, among many others. The exhibition is open to the public from 12 October – 16 October

The Modern and Contemporary Africa Art sale will take place at Sotheby’s in London on 16 October 2018. Image credit:  El Anatsui B.1944 GHANAIAN
TAGOMIZOR aluminium bottle caps and copper wire 155 by 216cm., 61 by 85in. Executed in 2005

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