Sotheby’s Sets Records With Exceptional Works of Art from Africa & Oceania

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'Superbe Masque', Okuyi Punu, Gabon, height 35 cm. Estimate: 250,000 – 400,000 €. Sold at: 264 750 € ($408.095) It portrays a superbly stylized female face, celebrating the beauty of women and their importance in the spirit world.

PARIS.- After a
hugely popular four-day viewing in Paris – attended by 1300 people –
today’s sale of exceptional works of art from Africa and Oceania attracted
a packed Sotheby’s saleroom throughout
, with ferocious
competition between telephone bidders and collectors in the saleroom.
The sale total of over €5 million ($7.9 million) represented a
selling-rate of 83% by value.
Most of the top prices were paid by
private collectors and connoisseurs, predominantly European or American,
all seeking exceptional items in a variety of specialized fields.