2016 was bad for many Nigerians but not exactly for the guys in this list. For these guys, or their estates and beneficiaries, 2016 was a very good year indeed. In a list published online, ArtHouse Contemporary, an art auction house based in Lagos, Nigeria, gave us a rare peek into top prices paid for specific artworks sold at their auctions in 2016.
Nigerian painter and sculptor Ben Enwonwu leads the pack with 5 of his artworks on the top 10 list totaling a little over N106 Million. Yea, you read that right. One of his paintings ‘Obitun Dancers’ actually tops the list and sold for a whopping N52 Million.
Get a load of the figures below and remember to appreciate the art too.
BEN ENWONWU – OBITUN DANCERS = N52,900,000
YUSUF GRILLO – THREATENED INNOCENCE = N18,400,000
EL-ANATSUI – AHE = N18,400,000
BEN ENWONWU – CROWD SCENE = N14,950,000
BEN ENWONWU – DRUMMER = N13,800,000
BEN ENWONWU – HAZE = N9,200,000
BEN ENWONWU – AFRICA DANCE ENSEMBLE = N9,200,000
AMON KOTEI – UNTITLED = N4,600,000
DAVID DALE – CHILDREN AT PLAY = N4,255,000
ATO DELAQUIS – DAWN AT ABOROFO MPOANO = N3,680,000