Most expensive collection of African art ever to come up at auction

 New York  |  10 September 2014  |  AMA  |  Tweet  |  LinkedIn

“In Pursuit of Beauty; The Myron Kunin Collection of African Art” is to go on sale at Sotheby’s New York 11 November 2014, carrying a pre-sale estimate of $20-30 million.

The collection is owned entirely by the businessman and hair salon tycoon Myron Kunin, who owned more than 10,000 salons worldwide, and died at 85 last year. One of the key pieces in the sale is the Senufo Female Statue (Debele), from the Ivory Coast, which is one of the most celebrated and well-known works of African art. The piece is of the Sikasso style, of which only five other examples are known; when it was bought by Kunin in 1991 it was the first African sculpture to sell for over $1 million. The head of Sotheby’s African and Oceanic Art Department is quoted in ArtDaily as saying that it was “a world-class collection that stands as one of the finest ever assembled in the field of African Art.”

The collection is being shown in New York from 8 November and previewed in Paris from 9 until 22 September.

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