May 21, 2018

Ben Enwonwu’s painting ‘Tutu’ auctioned for record £1.2m (Punch)

Ben Enwonwu’s painting ‘Tutu’ auctioned for record £1.2m (Punch)

A long-lost portrait of a Nigerian princess dubbed the “African Mona Lisa” sold at auction in London on Wednesday for £1.2 million (1.4 million euros, $1.7 million), exceeding estimates and setting a record for the artist.

The 1974 painting of Adetutu “Tutu” Ademiluyi, by Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu, was expected to fetch up to £300,000 (339,000 euros, $414,000) when it went under the hammer at Bonhams auction house.

It described the painting of an Ife royal princess which recently turned up in a London flat after not being seen in decades as “rare and remarkable”. Read more

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