A painting by the Mozambican painter Malangatana, titled ‘Waiting for Peace’, and signed by the then President of the Republic of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano was auctioned for 18,900 euros in London, a figure well above estimates.
The screen, dating back to 1995, was valued at Sotheby’s auctioneer worth between 8,000 and 12,000 pounds ($ 9,302 and 13,954 euros) but was sold for 16,250 pounds (18,896 euros) at the auction held on Tuesday.
First exhibited at the International Fair of Mozambique in 1995, the work was signed on the back by several personalities of the time, in addition to Chissano, as the academic Brazão Mazula, who worked for the Ministry of Education and Culture of Mozambique between 1976 and 1988, and Noel Chicuecue, representative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Fund (UNESCO) in Mozambique.
Another Malangatana painting, dated 1991 and entitled ‘Hayini Kasy?’, Valued at between 5,000 and 7,000 pounds (5,814 and 8,140 euros), was sold for 6,875 euros (7,994 euros)
In the same auction, an equally Mozambican Ernesto Shikhani, dated 1992, untitled, was sold for 5,625 pounds (6,541 euros), within the estimate of 5,000 and 7,000 (5,814 and 8,140 euros).
Of the same artist, ‘The Potato Key for Africa’ was valued between 7,000 and 10,000 pounds (8,140 and 11,628 euros), but was not sold.
In total, the auction of Modern and Contemporary Art in Africa included 76 works, and although 22 were not sold, Sotheby’s ultimately raised 2,316,625 pounds (€ 2,711,384), with a Ghana tapestry Anatsui, made with metal foil packs of milk, entitled “Zebra Crossing 2”, won by 1.1 million pounds (1.27 million euros).