Colin Gleadell reports on Bonham’s Contemporary African art sale:
Bonhams achieved a world record for Nigerian artist Benedict Enwonwu at its first modern and contemporary African art sale last week, when the artist’s 1957 painting, Negritude, sold for £66,000, three times the estimate. Another work to perform well was a rare wood carving by the Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, better known for his wall hangings made from discarded bottle tops, which doubled estimates to fetch £30,000. Otherwise, it was tough going, and only half the lots offered were sold. “This was always going to be a brave effort,” says Giles Peppiatt of Bonhams. But there were enough positive signs for Bonhams to schedule a follow-up sale in December.