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

Enwonwu's 'Tutu' headlines Bonhams February 2018 Africa Now Sales

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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