A Powerful Work by William Kentridge Shines at Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale

Rebus – nine numbered bronze sculptures by William Kentridge, each signed with the artist's initials – achieved £250,000 at Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Sale at New Bond Street today, Wednesday 6 March. The piece had been estimated at £90,000-120,000.

At the same sale, Sack, a powerful work by contemporary British painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, sold for £125,000.

Yiadom-Boakye is known for her paintings of people of colour against muted ambiguous backgrounds. Sack was first exhibited in the Artists of the Day series at The Flowers Gallery, Mayfair in 2005 and was acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.

Ralph Taylor, Global Head of Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary art department, commented, "Rebus represents Kentridge's unparalleled ability to stage theatrical illusion – each of the nine sculptures morphs into another when turned on its side – and I wasn't surprised that it had such wide appeal. Yiadom-Boakye's reaffirmation of the value of painting as a medium to express universal images of figures without the boundaries of recognizable settings, also attracted strong bidding.".

Other highlights included Contented Green by Josef Albers (1888-1976). This work from the artist's seminal series of Variant (or Adobe) paintings inspired by pre-Colombian architecture sold for £362,563 (estimate: £350,000-400,000).


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