Amazing! This Nigerian Painting, “Christine” Sold For N500 Million In London

9 months ago by: Olusanya Akinrinola
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“Christine”, by 20th century master of African modernism Ben Enwonwu, had been in the sitter’s family home ever since it was painted in Lagos in 1971, France24 reports.

“The family were unaware of the significance of the painting or the importance of the artist, until a chance “googling” of the signature led them to Sotheby’s free Online Estimate Platform,” said the London auction house.

The painting fetched over seven times the pre-auction estimate, finally going under the hammer for £1.1 million (1.3 million euros, $1.4 million).
The work precedes the artist’s 1974 painting of Ife royal princess Adetutu “Tutu” Ademiluyi, which recently turned up in a London flat after not being seen in decades.

The portrait is a national icon in Nigeria, with Booker Prize-winning novelist Ben Okri telling AFP that it was thought of as “the African Mona Lisa”.

Enwonwu, who died in 1994, is considered the father of Nigerian modernism.

He made three paintings of “Tutu”, the locations of all of which had been a mystery until the recent discovery.

The works became symbols of peace following the clash of ethnic groups in the Nigerian?Biafran conflict of the late 1960s.

-- dopygenius Online (m) at 16-10-2019 03:09PM
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I love my country dye,We are great, we are exceptional,we are loved by God,But the problem with us is from us, most of us have a wicked mindset, we value no one, we hate ourselfs,we lack love, If only There will be love in our hearts we will be like America, we be world greatest Giant of Africa.  Embarrassed