As a global auction house transacting across a breadth of fields, one of Sotheby’s greatest strengths is our ability to cross-promote African, Oceanic, Indonesian and the Americas art to collectors in other categories, such as Modern and Contemporary art and 20th Century design. Sotheby’s pioneered this cross-promotion and has been cultivating this strategy over the last 20 years. Sotheby’s Paris will organize the June sale of the Arts of Africa and Oceania at the same time as the Paris sales of important Design and Contemporary Art.
The pieces selected for this auction have the potential to attract broad competition, and we have extensive experience engaging new potential buyers in all of our African and Oceanic art auctions in Paris, with our team of international experts based in Paris, London and New York, as well as our colleagues in cross-over collecting fields who will personally be on hand to promote these sales. This sale will present such masterpieces as a magnificent Kota reliquary figure from the old Vérité Collection, exhibited in 1955 at the Cercle Volney, a rare canoe element from the Solomon Islands Archipelago acquired at the end of the 19th century and a sumptuous Chokwe throne preserved in the same collection for several generations.