Art as a business in most African countries is not considered a viable career option. Apart from South Africa and Egypt, art pieces from other African countries do not fetch a lot of money at international auctions.But in recent years contemporary African art carvings and paintings have started.
catching the eyes of big spenders. Although the continent is still small compared to otherregions, 2014 saw a record number of African art pieces sold at auctions around the world, with an estimated value of $31 million. Here are some of the most expensive African art pieces and painting ever sold.
One of the world’s foremost contemporary artists, El Anatsui’s work draws on African cultures and is particularly concerned with the erosion of inherited traditions by external forces. Bonhams achieved a world record for the Ghanaian artist, when a huge woven tapestry of flattened bottle caps, titled “ New World Map” was sold.