Our record-breaking summer season of African and Oceanic Art in Paris and London saw sales total €20,055,918 / £14,265,600 / $22,393,966.
In June, Christie’s France held its most important sale of African, Oceanic and American Indian art with a total of €11,565,175 / £8,211,274 / $12,952,996 and a strong sell-through rate of 78% by lot.
Leading the auction was the highly anticipated William Rubin Kota, a work epitomising the links between African and Modern Art. Collectors paid a fitting tribute to the iconic Kota sculpture, as it reached €5,473,500 / £3,886,185 / $6,130,320, making this work the most valuable work of African art ever to be sold at Christie’s France. During this sale, three lots were sold above €1 million. The Grébo/Krou mask sold for €1,321,500, breaking the record for a Grébo work while the Baga shoulder mask (D’mba) achieved €2,393,500 setting a world record for any Baga work.
A Luba female figure led The Exceptional Sale in London last July, when it sold for £6,130,500, the second highest price at auction for an African work of art.
Following the success of these sales, we are currently inviting consignments to our upcoming auction in December.
Please do not hesitate to contact Susan Kloman or Stanislas Gokelaere for a free and confidential valuation or to discuss the market.
Consignment Deadline: 30 September 2015
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Lot 37, Sale 4025
THE WILLIAM RUBIN KOTA, GABON
Sold for €5,473,500