Thousands of artifacts looted from African towns over a century ago line European and British Museums and institutions. After decades of campaigns for African piecessuch as the Benin bronzes to return home, the homecoming of the looted artworks finally began looking like a real possibility.
But in the middle of the global economic crisis brought sparked by the spread of the coronavirus that has devastated economies, a new market for African artifacts and art has emerged.
Christies, the British auction house, announced a curated Arts of Africa, Oceania and North America sale in Paris which includes African art such as the newly discovered Akan terracotta head (Ghana), Benin Bronze and an Urhobo figure (Nigeria). The artifacts from all around Africa including Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo are valued from 30,000 to 900,000.
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