Sotheby's has just posted the results from today's auction (Session 2)
Big news in this auction, the Benin head that was featured in this auction (lot 121) sold for $4,744,000 (including premium). Still pocket change for the people spent their money on contemorary paintings at Sotheby's this week (record set of $72 million for a contemporary painting by Mark Rothko
), but still significant in the ever climbing numbers that African pieces are fetching at auction these days.
PROPERTY OF THE ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY, BUFFALO, NEW YORK, TO BENEFIT THE RESTRICTED ENDOWMENT FOR THE ACQUISITION OF WORKS OF ARTu - A MAGNIFICENT AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT BENIN HEAD OF AN OBA, NIGERIA, CIRCA 1575-1625
Estimate 1,000,0001,500,000 USDLot Sold.
Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 4,744,000 USD
Full catalog description:
I don't know this for sure, so someone correct me if I'm wrong, but
I think this may be the 2nd highest price at auction for an African art object, coming in 2nd to the Verite Fang Ngil mask which brought over $6 million USD. The Chokwe figure in the Verite auction came in at just over $4 million.
Results in an Excel file:
see link for auction results below
Sotheby's <updates@...> wrote:
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 17:18:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Auction Results Now Online - African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
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