Bonhams the privately owned British fine art auction house, recently collaborated with Nigerian oil heiresses Florence ‘DJ Cuppy’ and her sister fashion blogger Temi ‘JTO’ Otedola for their recent ‘Africa Now’ auction. The auction house has been selling African Art for almost twelve years and is continuing to innovate ways to reach new audiences.
The event which combined three popular creative genres brought individuals from various professional industries such as banking and finance, entertainment, oil & gas and other sectors. It reunited significant personalities from Africa and the diaspora, it reinforced Africa’s place within the current Art and culture landscape and confirmed the value of investing in African Art.
“If you are a collector from North America, Europe and even China, you probably do want contemporary African art in your collection” – Giles Peppiatt
The ‘AFRICANOW’ pre-auction collaboration with the Otedola sisters, Dangote Foundation and Standard Chartered Private Bank was a fusion of music, fashion and art. The event also vibrantly kicked off London’s frieze week with this year focusing highly on African art and artists due to the recent media interest in Contemporary African art. According to Bonhams Director Giles Peppiatt, there has been an increase of interest towards African art, from Post war Africa to Modern contemporary African art. As a result Bonhams have chosen to hold more sales in 2017.