New York, 6 April 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Sotheby’s is putting on its annual sale of African, Oceanic, and pre-Colombian art at its premises in New York on 11 May 2012.
The sale will be made up of significant works from various large personal collections, many of which have not been put up for public auction for many years. Pieces from the Werner Muensterberger will feature in the sale, including a Luluwa mask from the Democratic Republic of Congo ($1.5 to $2.5 million) and a Sherbro head from Sierra Leone ($250,000 to $350,000).
Works from other distinguished collections will also go under the hammer at the auction, including a Kota statue from Gabon ($1 to $1.5 million) that formerly belonged to French artist Armand, as well as a Bamana Zigzag sculpture from Mali ($400,000 to $600,000) that previously belonged to MoMA director William Rubin, and a sculpture of a Bamana woman from the Malian city of Ségou ($150,000 to $250,000) that was formerly part of Henri Mattise’s collection.
The majority of pre-Colombian works featured in the sale are from the personal collections of the Stokes family. A Chinesco Nayarite sculpture ($150,000 to $200,000) and a miniature, multi-coloured, Mayan ship ($75,000 to $100,000) are also to feature in the sale.