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African Modern & Contemporary Art

Bonhams African Modern & Contemporary Art auctions offer paintings, sculptures, works on paper and ceramics by artists including Ben Enwonwu, Yusuf Grillo, Papa Ibra Tall, Ladi Kwali, Portia Zvavahera, Zanele Muholi, Gerard Sekoto and Ibrahim El-Salahi. We hold 7 auctions a year in London, Paris, New York and online.

Our world auction records include Enwonwu's Tutu, the most valuable modern Nigerian painting at auction; Irma Stern's Arab Priest, the most valuable South African painting at auction; and Alexander Skunder Boghossian's Blue Composition, which more than doubled its high estimate.

In 2021, we achieved a 100% sold rate for The Studio of Stella Shawzin, the largest collection of the artist's work at auction. Our sales across London, Paris and New York that year totalled £8.1 million.

Buying and selling African modern and contemporary art at Bonhams
Bonhams African Modern & Contemporary Art department has specialists and representatives in the UK, Europe, America, Asia and Africa, including offices in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Lagos, Nigeria.

With offices and representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams gives buyers and sellers access to a global network of collectors and unparalleled marketing resources to achieve the highest price and level of client satisfaction possible. Contact a specialist directly for more information or submit your item online for a free auction estimate.

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Thinking of selling? Get a free auction estimate by submitting your item online or contacting your local Bonhams. With specialists based in towns and cities worldwide, we are your local auction house.

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Giles Peppiatt

Group Head, Fine Art, U.K

Giles Peppiatt studied at St. Andrews University in Scotland before joining Bonhams in 1989. In 1993 he trained as an auctioneer and conducted his first sale in that year. He qualified with the Royal …

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Julie Mathon

Junior Specialist

Julie Mathon is Junior Specialist for Bonhams African Modern & Contemporary Art in Paris.

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