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See The Nigerian Painting That Recently Sold For Over N500M

Ben Enwonwu’s “Christine” sells for $1.4 million thanks to Google Search Ben Enwonwu, considered a master of African modernism, he painted a portrait of Christine Elizabeth Davis in 1971 gifted it to her. The painting was exhibited once in Lagos, before it left the shores of Nigeria to live with a family in Texas.
Unaware of its significance, the family recently decided to Google the signature, leading them to Sotheby’s free Online Estimate Platform. There, they learned just how much the painting may be worth, and decided to contact the action house. “Christine” eventually sold for $1.4 million, over seven times the pre-auction estimate.

Another long lost painting by the master, “Tutu,” often described as the “African Mona Lisa,” was discovered and sold in 2018 for $1.7 million. Ben Enwonwu, who passed away in 1994, painted different versions of “Tutu,” all of them becoming known as symbols of peace following the Biafra War.


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