A painting of Njideka Akunyili Crosby, the daughter of late Dora Akunyili has set a new record for the artist last Thursday at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale.
The 2012 painting – “Drown” – was initially estimated to sell for $200,000 – $300,000 but it sold for $1,092,500.
At least 11 persons bidded for the piece and it was eventually sold to an anonymous bidder.
The previous auction record for the artist was $93,750, set by her “Untitled” work from 2011 at Sotheby’s New York in September 2016.
“Drown,” an intimate double portrait of the artist embracing her husband, Justin.
Njideka is known for painting tightly compressed scenes of family and friends doing everyday things like watching television.
See some of her works below:
Photo Credit/See More Paintings at: njidekaakunyili.com