Prior to September 2021
Nigerian-born painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby, daughter of the late Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili led the African art way with the most expensive number of paintings. In September 2018, her painting, Bush Babies, was acquired at a record-breaking $3.4 million at Sotheby’s art house in New York, making it the most expensive Nigerian art sold at an auction.
Sotheby’s described Akunyili Crosby as “the most valuable Nigerian artist ever and one of the most valuable female artists of all time”.
A mixed media painting is another gem from Njideka Akunyili Crosby, depicting the artist’s older sister. The painting sold for $3,075,774 at Christie’s London in 2017. Akunyili Crosby made The Beautyful Ones in 2012 during her residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and has turned it into a series of paintings.
However recently a gallery known as signature Ikoyi just auctioned a piece of art for a Whopping $25 million!
These record breaking artworks are the new royalty of the art world.
Just in case you were wondering where the gallery is it’s at
Signature Art Gallery, #107 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
Source Pulse Ng