Bronze cockerel to be returned to Nigeria by Cambridge college

by Ikokwu Ikembaon November 29, 2019
A bronze cockerel taken by British colonial forces and donated to Jesus College Cambridge is to be returned to Nigeria in an unprecedented step that adds momentum to the growing reparations movement. The Okukor, described by the college as a “royal ancestral heirloom”, will be one of the first Benin bronzes to be repatriated to […]

Artwork discovered in woman’s kitchen sells for €24 million

by Ikokwu Ikembaon October 27, 2019
A masterpiece by the Italian painter Cimabue sold for €24 million ($26.6 million) at an art auction on Sunday in Paris. The painting known as “Christ Mocked” was discovered in a French woman’s kitchen in September and had been valued at between €4-6 million ($6.6 million) before it went under the hammer. The auction house, […]

A Recently Discovered Portrait by Nigerian Star Sold for Nearly 8 Times Its Estimate at Sotheby’s London

by Ikokwu Ikembaon October 16, 2019
A recent sale of a portrait by Ben Enwonwu has further cemented the hype growing around the Nigerian master of modernity’s name. At Sotheby’s London last night, Enwonwu’s painting Christine (1971) sold for £1.1 million ($1.4 million), leaping beyond its pre-sale high estimate of £150,000 ($192,000). After a 13-minute bidding war between four buyers, the […]