Art for Africa auction the Sothebys result (estimate) £458,450

Date: 18 Sep 2009


The auction was held at Sotheby’s and could have been mistaken for an elaborate West End show‚ÄîZulu dancers ran through the sales floor to inspire guests with African flavour.

Annie Lennox turned up to see her photo go under the hammer and some serious buyers peppered the room.

With a unique collection of art, there were some variables in terms of price and prestige among the artists in the catalogue. It was clear the buyers in the room were serious collectors and predominantly interested in pedigree artists.

The hot selling pieces were: Dylan Lewis (pictured left) which overtook its top estimate of £10,000 and made £14,000. Jonathan Yeo made £5,500 on est. of £4,000 and Yinka Shonibare MBE raised £36,000 on a £30k estimate. Marlene Dumas also reached a serious number with £32,000 on an est. of £20,000. Tracey Emin went for £5k on est. of £3,500. Paula Rego with her Night Bride made £8,000 on a £3,5k est) making her one to watch.

Others artists topping their estimates were Judith Mason (£5,500), William Kentridge (£21,000) Joyce Ntobe (£7,000) David Bowie/Beezy Bailey (£3,500) . Alison Jackson made £7,500.

Bargains to be had were from the following.

Marc Quinn with his Kate Moss bronze went for ¬£85,000 (est. ¬£90-120,000). Terry O’Neill photo of Nelson Mandela which made ¬£3,800 (top est. ¬£6,000). Annie Lennox at ¬£2,500. (top est ¬£3k). Andrew Verster ¬£2,000 (top est. ¬£3,500). Kendell Geers ¬£6,600 (top est ¬£8k). Antony Gormley made ¬£130,000 on est of ¬£150,000.

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