Strong Showing for Works by Enwonwu and Sekoto
at Modern and Contemporary African Art Sale

Works by the South African painter Gerard Sekoto and the Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu led Bonhams Modern and Contemporary African Art Sale yesterday (20 March). 'Anyanwu' by Enwonwu sold for £187,563 (estimate £100,000-150,000) and Sekoto's 'Washer Women', achieved £125,063 (estimate £100,000-150,000). The sale made a total of £1,873,848.

Bonhams' Director of Contemporary African Art Giles Peppiatt commented "In a very strong sale, works by Enwonwu and Sekoto performed particularly well and collectors enthused at the diverse selection representing pieces from across Africa. Overall, the sale confirms that the market for Modern and Contemporary African Art is one of the strongest growing in the current fine art market."

The works in the section selected by guest curator Roubi L'Roubi performed very strongly with 'Standing Figure' by the Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi achieving a world record £50,063 against an estimate of £15,000-20,000.

The auction also set an impressive ten new world records.

Other highlights included:

• Negritude by Ben Enwonwu sold for £137,563. Estimate: £40,000-60,000.
• Cock Fighter by Vladimir Grigoryevich Tretchikoff, sold for £63,813. Estimate: £60,000-90,000.
• Irma Stern, Ladies of the Harem, Zanzibar (a pair), achieved 45,063. Estimate: £20,000-30,000.


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