G.H. MUMM champagne hosts Kenya’s first commercial art auction

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Hosts welcome guests with MUMM Champagne

Kenya held its first commercial auction of East African art at the Kempinski Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday. The auction was marked by a glamorous champagne reception hosted by G.H. MUMM, the official champagne of Formula 1 with a mix of the elite Nairobi society in attendance.

The auction which is reflective of the sign of a growing profile of the region’s art scene on the international stage featured  works of Kenyan artists will dominate the auction, but artists from Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Organised by The Circle Art Agency noted that some of the works for sale have not been seen in public for decades. Prices ranged from several hundred dollars for some pieces up to more than $28,000

Martin and Geraldine Dunford of the Tamarind Group & Adel Poppat, owner, Villa Rosa Kempinsky

Martin and Geraldine Dunford of the Tamarind Group & Adel Poppat, owner, Villa Rosa Kempinski

Ms. Will Janssen, Redional Director East Africa, Hivos People Unlimited, Sylvia Gichia, director, kuona Trust & Tony Wainaina, art enthusiast

Ms. Will Janssen, Redional Director East Africa, Hivos People Unlimited, Sylvia Gichia, director, Kuona Trust & Tony Wainaina, art enthusiast

Vishal Khagram, founder, boozeduka.com & Farzana Khubahandani, Head of Marketing, Google Kenya

Vishal Khagram, founder, boozeduka.com & Farzana Khubahandani, Head of Marketing, Google Kenya

Wantana, Cor & Sammy Stouten all of the Netherlands Embassy

Wantana, Cor & Sammy Stouten all of the Netherlands Embassy

Wendy Rutter, Deputy Head of School, Banda School & Diana Lowe, retired teacher

Wendy Rutter, Deputy Head of School, Banda School & Diana Lowe, retired teacher

Amber Jeffery & Alex Fox both of the British High Commission

Amber Jeffery & Alex Fox both of the British High Commission

Andrew Gay of the British high Commision & Sally Ibeere an art lover

Andrew Gay of the British high Commision & Sally Ibeere an art lover

architect Karuga Koinange and his wife Carly Koinange, transport manager, UNEP; both art collectors

architect Karuga Koinange and his wife Carly Koinange, transport manager, UNEP; both art collectors

Arvind Vohora & Michael Joseph

Arvind Vohora & Michael Joseph

Arvind Vohora of Circle Art; Roger Stedman, Executive Director, IPSOS Synovate & Anil Sethi, director, BNP Paribas

Arvind Vohora of Circle Art; Roger Stedman, Executive Director, IPSOS Synovate & Anil Sethi, director, BNP Paribas

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  • James Maina

    Any pictures of the art itself?

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