Last week at Sotheby’s, the two-day sale of ‘The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-war British Art’ brought in a whopping £4.7m in aid of Devereux’s new venture, The African Arts Trust. Works sold by artists including Julian Opie, Alice Neel, and Sean Scully, whose ‘Wall of Light Orange Green’ (above) went for £565,250. The African Arts Trust will aim to support emerging artists in Africa, as well as arts organisations that help them get their careers off the ground – keep an eye on the website for further developments.
Plus, a quick word on the results of the Bonham’s sale of South African art, which I posted about a couple of weeks ago – the auction saw a new world record for South African art, with the sale of Irma Stern’s ‘Bahora Girl’ for £2.4m. Other in-demand artists were Jacob Pierneef, Alexis Preller and Ruth Everard Haden.