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Offbeat Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu painting sold by Sotheby's at $1.4m

13:22  17 october  2019
13:22  17 october  2019 Source:   qz.com

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  Touching Moment Sees Owner Reunited With Painting Stolen Decades Ago Judy Karinen said she was out to dinner when a thief broke into her home and stole it. She has since moved but said she can hardly wait to hang the painting in her new home. It was a touching moment as people were reunited with art stolen from them decades earlier. A reputable auction house earlier this year informed the Los Angeles Police Department they had come across art they believed to be stolen, officials said.

A recently found Ben Enwonwu painting has sold at seven times its valuation for $ 1 . 4 million. The portrait, Christine, was by one of the most revered African artists of the 20th century, Ben Enwonwu . The captivating sitter was Christine Elizabeth Davis, an American hair stylist of West Indian descent.

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Touching Moment Sees Owner Reunited With Painting Stolen Decades Ago

  Touching Moment Sees Owner Reunited With Painting Stolen Decades Ago Judy Karinen said she was out to dinner when a thief broke into her home and stole it. She has since moved but said she can hardly wait to hang the painting in her new home. It was a touching moment as people were reunited with art stolen from them decades earlier. A reputable auction house earlier this year informed the Los Angeles Police Department they had come across art they believed to be stolen, officials said.

A painting by the late Nigerian master painter and sculptor Ben Enwonwu this week sold for £1.1m ($ 1 . 4 m ) at an auction in the British capital, London. The painting , simply titled "Christine", is of Christine Davis, an American hairstylist who moved to Lagos with her British husband and struck up a

A painting entitle "Christine" by Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu , that sold for £1.1m. ( Sotheby ' s , Handout, AFP). A painting by the Nigerian artist responsible for the "African Mona Lisa" sold at auction in London on Tuesday for £1.1m (1.3m euros, $ 1 . 4 m ) after the family who owned it googled

The portrait, Christine, was by one of the most revered African artists of the 20th century, Ben Enwonwu. The captivating sitter was Christine Elizabeth Davis, an American hair stylist of West Indian descent. The painting was completed in under a week as Christine was able to hold her pose for as long as needed. Christine, who was in her mid-30s at the time, passed away in Texas thereafter. But the painting remained in the family.

Just three months ago it was valued by Sothebys at around $200,000, but on Tuesday the portrait sold in London for over seven times the estimated price at $1.4 million.

And it’s not the first remarkable story of a Ben Enwonwu find. His best known portrait, Tutu, is a depiction of Nigerian royal princess Adetutu Ademiluyi (Tutu), often dubbed the “Nigerian Mona Lisa.” Prints of Tutu adorned the walls of living rooms across Nigeria.

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This undated handout picture released by Sotheby ’ s auction house in London on October 15, 2019, shows a painting entitle “Christine” by Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu , that sold for £1.1 million (1.3 million euros, $ 1 . 4 million), after being originally valued at £100,000-150,000. – A painting by the

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The 2017 discovery of Tutu was equally fascinating. The long-lost painting was found in a modest London flat and the owners had no idea of its importance or value. It sold at a record $1.6 million in 2018. It was originally estimated at a quarter of that price.

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Enwonwu, who died aged 77 in 1994, was a Nigerian artist whose career spanned 60 years seeing the journey of Nigeria from a British colony to an independent nation. His story is unique in that not only did he become famous in his own country, but also in the UK where he studied.

While African art only accounted for 0.1% of global sales in 2016, these recent interesting discoveries and the impressively high prices they are garnering at auctions is cause for optimism. They are also proof that the international market for African art is indeed growing.

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