Modern and Contemporary African Art Online

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34-35 New Bond Street, W1A 2AA, London West End, UK
Open: temporary closure


Modern and Contemporary African Art Online


Modern and Contemporary African Art Online
Auction: Fri 27 Mar - Tue 31 Mar 2020
Exhibition: to Tue 31 Mar 2020
temporary closure


Sale L20801

27 – 31 March 2020 | London | full auction details





Owing to the instructions issued by the British Government on Monday 23 March, Sotheby’s sale of Modern & Contemporary African Art will now take the form of an online-only auction, which will open for bidding on Friday, 27 March at 2pm GMT and close on Tuesday 31 March at 2pm BST. Details of how to bid online are available here, but should you require further assistance, please do contact our client service team.

Due to the recent Government mandate, Sotheby’s London offices are now closed – property collection and shipment will be delayed until our offices are able to reopen. Additionally, The Arts Council is closed and is therefore unable to accept applications for cultural licences at this time. Please note that payment remains due on receipt of your invoice and when our office reopens priority for collection and shipping will be given in order of when we receive full payment. Our Post Sale Services team will be in contact regarding the soonest you can expect to collect or receive your property. If you have any queries, please contact us at or on +44 (0) 20 7293 5890.

As market leaders in the field, Sotheby’s sales of Modern and Contemporary African Art champion the work of artists from across the African continent, and our upcoming auction includes a specially curated collection of paintings, photographs, drawings and sculpture from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Sotheby’s is delighted to present a group of masterworks from the most sought after artists in this category. Highlights include two portraits by Nigerian Modernist Ben Enwonwu depicting two of Nigeria’s most respected female figures, Chief Afi Ekong and Princess Judith Safinat Atta (OFR). Also on offer is a selection of works by Irma Stern, a leading South African artist and one of the most valued female artists of all time. DAB (Development Australian Bank) by Bodys Isek Kingelez is an excellent example of this Congolese artist’s signature maquettes and was included in the first ever MoMA exhibition of work by a black African artist. Other important works include those by artists Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Abdoulaye Konaté, William Kentridge, El Anatsui, Uzo Egonu, Hassan El Glaoui, and Samuel Fosso, among many others.

For assistance with bidding and registration, please contact:

+44 207 293 5000

For all enquiries please contact:

Hannah O’Leary


Head of Modern & Contemporary African Art

+44 207 293 5696


Adriana La Lime

Junior Specialist

Modern & Contemporary African Art

+44 207 293 5463


Enahoro Ohioma-Belo

Department Assistant

Modern & Contemporary African Art


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