Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary African Art Now Accepting Consignments

The auction will take place in London, 2 April 2019


Chéri Samba / Picasso au travail / £25,000 - 35,000 / ©Chéri Samba. Image courtesy of Galerie MAGNIN-A.Chéri Samba / Picasso au travail / £25,000 – 35,000 / ©Chéri Samba. Image courtesy of Galerie MAGNIN-A.


Since their inaugural Modern and Contemporary African Art auction in 2017, Sotheby’s has set almost 50 world records for African artists as well as the record sale total for an auction in this category. One of the biggest and most respected companies in the art world, Sotheby’s has attracted an expanding set of international buyers to this category, with their auctions seeing participation from hundreds of collectors from more than 30 different countries across 6 continents, thereby underscoring the global interest in this collecting category in today’s market. Sotheby’s fourth dedicated auction in this category will take place in London on 2 April 2019 and will include a carefully selected collection of paintings, photographs, drawings and sculpture from the 20th and 21st centuries from across the African continent, with a strong focus on the independence and postcolonial eras. Highlights from this sale include works by respected artists from across the continent, including El Anatsui, Hassan El Glaoui, Skunder Boghossian, Ibrahim El Salahi, Ablade Glover and Chéri Samba.

Sotheby’s are now inviting consignments for upcoming Modern and Contemporary African Art auctions. Other artists of interest include Gerard Sekoto, Ben Enwonwu, Yusuf Grillo, Uche Okeke, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Ibrahim Mahama, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Yinka Shonibare MBE, William Kentridge, Nicholas Hlobo, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Papa Ibra Tall, Claudette Schreuders, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Julie Mehretu, Abdoulaye Konate, and Sam Joseph Ntiro among many others. Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary African Art specialists travel the globe holding valuation days in this category, in addition to their complimentary online appraisal service. Working alongside Sotheby’s specialists worldwide, their expertise and global reach is unrivalled. With discoveries happening constantly in the emerging market of contemporary African art, and with Sotheby’s the best resource to buy and sell Contemporary African Art, it has never been a better time to submit your contemporary or modern African painting for an auction estimate appraisal.


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