With a total of €10.7 million, Sotheby’s achieved its second highest total for an African and Oceanic sale in Paris. Some remarkable prices acclaimed the quality of this highly selective sale, and rewarded the masterpieces featuring in this session.
There were some exceptional prices for Oceanic works– above all the world auction record of €3,876,500 for a work from Easter Island, garnered by a pair of rapa. Bearing witness to a truly refined art, these masterpieces illustrate the ultra-sleek lines of Polynesian creation at its very peak (lot 7).
On December 12th in Paris, a variety of highly unique African and Oceanic sculptures will pay tribute to the remarkable richness of this area in art history. With highlights ranging from historical pieces to recently discovered masterpieces of exquisite quality, the auction will explore the vitality of these styles and celebrate the inventiveness of the artists from this continent, and its impact on 20th century art. The auction will include a highly curated selection of works from Central Africa, attesting to the 19th century Western fascination with traditional sculptures linked to ancestral cults.