Enwonwu’s ‘Tutu’ headlines Bonhams February 2018 Africa Now Sales

Enwonwu's 'Tutu' headlines Bonhams February 2018 Africa Now Sales
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Celebrated Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu MBE headlines Bonhams February 2018 Africa Now sales, with his oil painting, Tutu, 1974, 97 x 66.5cm, estimated at £200,000 – 300,000. This portrait of Adetutu Ademiluyi, an Ile-Ife princess and a granddaughter of the Ooni of Ife follows the first, now world  – famous portrait  of the princess, painted in 1973. Limited edition prints can be found in important collections all over the world.

Other lots in the auction include Yusuf Grillo’s Evangelists: Cymbal, Triangle and Tambourine, 1964, oil on board, 121 x 78cm with presale estimates of £50,000 –70,000; Cheri Samba’s La Democratie? 1995, oil on canvas, 83.5 x 103.5cm, estimated at £18,000 –22,000; Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba’s Untitled, 2013, mixed media on canvas, 200 x 398cm, with presale estimates of £10,000 –15,000; Goncalo Mabunda’s A Throne for Two Kings, decommissioned weapon parts and welded metal, 138 x 63 x 114cm, estimated at £10,000 –15,000; and Uzo Egonu’s Stateless People: An Artist With Beret, 1981, oil on canvas, 153 x 124cm, estimated at £10,000 –15,000.


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