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 Kempinski
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
Wantana, Cor & Sammy Stouten all of the Netherlands Embassy
Wendy Rutter, Deputy Head of School, Banda School & Diana Lowe, retired teacher
Amber Jeffery & Alex Fox both of the British High Commission
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
Arvind Vohora & Michael Joseph
Arvind Vohora of Circle Art; Roger Stedman, Executive Director, IPSOS Synovate & Anil Sethi, director, BNP Paribas