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Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by Anambralstson: 10:24pm On Oct 15
A painting by the Nigerian artist responsible for the ‘African Mona Lisa’ sold at auction in London on Tuesday for £1.1m after the family who owned it googled the signature and realised its importance.

‘Christine,’ by 20th century master of African modernism Ben Enwonwu, had been in the sitter’s family home ever since it was painted in Lagos in 1971.
“The family were unaware of the significance of the painting or the importance of the artist, until a chance googling of the signature led them to Sotheby’s free Online Estimate Platform,” said the London auction house.
The painting fetched over seven times the pre-auction estimate, finally going under the hammer for £1.1m (1.3 million euros, $1.4m).
The work precedes the artist’s 1974 painting of Ife royal princess Adetutu ‘Tutu’ Ademiluyi, which recently turned up in a London flat after not being seen in decades.

The portrait is a national icon in Nigeria, with Booker Prize-winning novelist Ben Okri telling AFP that it was thought of as “the African Mona Lisa.”
Enwonwu, who died in 1994, is considered the father of Nigerian modernism.

He made three paintings of ‘Tutu,’ the locations of all of which had been a mystery until the recent discovery.
The works became symbols of peace following the clash of ethnic groups in the Nigerian-Biafran conflict of the late 1960s.
https://punchng.com/ben-enwonwus-painting-sold-for-1-1m-after-google-search/

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by chinwemine(m): 10:30pm On Oct 15
Great work

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by SniperSmurf(m): 10:31pm On Oct 15
No pics

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by warripekin(m): 10:36pm On Oct 15
That's a master peace. Probably bought by a Nigerian . The where abouts of the other two peaces is still unknown.
Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by Aderewah: 5:01am On Oct 16
Lol. Nigerians can't understand or appreciate this. Unless it's tacha, Mercy or mc Galaxy.

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by nony43(m): 5:01am On Oct 16
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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by naijadrivablog: 5:02am On Oct 16
Where is the sample of the painting

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by onunwa21(m): 5:02am On Oct 16
I gat many paintings!!!!

Abeg mine no cost, at all

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by Authoreety: 5:03am On Oct 16
Wow!

Ife eji malu onicha erika...


Igbo amaka!

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by PerfectlyPerfect(m): 5:03am On Oct 16
First time I'm hearing of a Nigerian art piece sold at so high a price. I'm impressed

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by Thegamingorca(m): 5:03am On Oct 16
Mate where are the pics

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by B2joa(m): 5:04am On Oct 16
hmmm
Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by LOVEGINO(m): 5:05am On Oct 16
Na who I offend.

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by johnman40: 5:06am On Oct 16
Could any one on here tell me the meaning or wu or wu wu its korean Chinese or Japanese language but i have found out what the meaning is still want people to help me out and tell me the meaning this could save an innocent man from been lied to.

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by meezynetwork(m): 5:07am On Oct 16
Nice one
Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by Starboytwo(m): 5:11am On Oct 16
One babe bought an art work for 20k... Well thats what she told me....

Off course I don't believe her... Maybe she saw it on the floor or something.... Slay queen buy art, na lie

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by EazyMoh(m): 5:34am On Oct 16
Bloody Bloggers! Where is the painting sample? The article is so incoherent sef. Mtseww

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by Nobody: 5:36am On Oct 16
PerfectlyPerfect:
First time I'm hearing of a Nigerian art piece sold at so high a price. I'm impressed

I guess you are not a follower of Nigerian art, quite a few have been auctioned at great prices at Sotheby's.

You can always google for the information.

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by logon599: 5:36am On Oct 16
No photo? Na wa for this topic o
Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by 2sexycom(m): 5:37am On Oct 16
Aderewah:
Lol. Nigerians can't understand or appreciate this. Unless it's tacha, Mercy or mc Galaxy.

What do you expect from a people with 3rd world living and "7th world education"?

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by Yemike(m): 5:38am On Oct 16
And this made FP with no pics? The mod should just tell us He wanted to promote op's blog.

Nairaland is just like our dear nation Nigeria.
Giving in to Law if diminishing return.

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by 9jaBloke: 5:39am On Oct 16
Ben Enwonwu....i studied about him in high school.
Ladi Kwali
Bruce Onobrakpeya
Yusuf Grillo
Uche Okeke
Aina Onabolu
Demas Nwoko

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by koolaid87: 5:39am On Oct 16
Op, pls show us the picture nah

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by Aderewah: 5:45am On Oct 16
2sexycom:


What do you expect from a people with 3rd world living and "7th world education"?


Lol. Some will even say ordinary painting

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by majamajic(m): 5:47am On Oct 16
Ben Eweonwu , the name rings a bell , I think I have crossed through his works during school days , but can't remember now.

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by 9jaRealist: 5:50am On Oct 16
PerfectlyPerfect:
First time I'm hearing of a Nigerian art piece sold at so high a price. I'm impressed

‘Tutu’ by Enwonwu sold for $1.67 million in early-2018...
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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by Ijaycool(f): 5:51am On Oct 16
Aderewah:
Lol. Nigerians can't understand or appreciate this. Unless it's tacha, Mercy or mc Galaxy.

are you a Nigerian?
how can MC Oluomo our Menthol not make this list?
please save MC Galaxy and replace with our menthol

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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by 9jaRealist: 5:54am On Oct 16
majamajic:
Ben Eweonwu , the name rings a bell , I think I have crossed through his works during school days , but can't remember now.

He did the Sango statute in front of the old NEPA building on the Marina (in Lagos Island)...
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Re: Ben Enwonwu’s Painting Sold For £1.1m After Google Search by majamajic(m): 5:56am On Oct 16
9jaRealist:


He did the Shango statute in front of the old NEPA building on the Marina (in Lagos Island)...
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Wow !!!

I love art

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