Sotheby’s sale of African and Oceanic Art at auction Paris June 2012
Sotheby’s offers a fineFang Reliquary Figure by ‘Master of the Upper Ntem Valley’ The star work is an exceptional Fang reliquary figure attributed to a Master Sculptor from the Upper Ntem Valley: a magnificent specimen of ancestor statuary with rounded volumes, produced by the Fang Betsi people of northern Gabon. (estimate €400,000-600,000 / $494,000-742,000). Photo: Sotheby’s.
PARIS.- Sotheby’’s will be offering a highly selective sale of African and Oceanic Art for auction in Paris on June 12. The 137-lot sale showcases several remarkably coherent ensembles: two private collections from the U.S. – those of Oliver & Pamela Cobb and Thomas G. B. Wheelock (art of Burkina Faso); an ensemble of African masks with powerful aesthetic appeal; works from Congo and New Ireland; and a number of pieces fresh to the market.
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