The Return of Tutu Automatic translate
A portrait of a Nigerian princess, lost over 40 years ago, was found in a London apartment and will be sold at auction. Bidding will be broadcast live, which will allow Nigerian art lovers in Lagos to place bets directly from the West African metropolis.
The most famous contemporary artist of Nigeria, Ben Enwonwu (Odinigwe Benedict Chukvukadibiya Bonaventura Envonwu, Ben Enwonwu) painted a portrait of Tutu in 1974. He appeared with him at an art exhibition in Lagos a year later, but after that the whereabouts of the painting were unknown until it was discovered in north London. “It was his greatest masterpiece, people asked: Where is Tutu? Thus, this image has gained fame, ”says Giles Peppiatt, an expert in contemporary African art at London’s Bonhams auction house, who identified the painting.
The portrait of Adetutu Ademiluyi, granddaughter of the respected ruler of the Yorub ethnic group, is of particular importance in Nigeria as a symbol of national reconciliation after the 1967-1970 Biafran war. Envonwu himself belonged to another ethnic group, Igbo, the largest in the southeastern region of Nigeria, which was trying to secede. The people of Yoruba, whose homeland is in the southwest, were mostly on the opposite side of the war.
Envonvu painted three versions of the portrait. Two more remain lost, but prints made in the 1970s are widespread in the country and the images are familiar to many Nigerians.
Envonwu died in 1994. Oliver Evonvu, his son, is today president of the Society of Nigerian Artists. “This is a very important discovery, given my father’s contribution to Nigerian art and African art in a broader sense,” he said in an interview with Reuters in Lagos.
The work will be sold on February 28 at Bonhams auction in London, African art lovers will be able to watch it live from the Wheatbaker boutique hotel, which is located in the affluent area of Lagos in Nigeria. Preliminary estimates range from 200,000 to 300,000 pounds (277,600 - 416,400 US dollars).
One of the problems in organizing a live auction linking London and Lagos may be unreliable power supplies to the Nigerian city. Despite the widespread use of standby generators, blackouts are common in Lagos.
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