Njideka Akunyili Crosby, one of the daughters of late Dora Akunyili, has sold one of her numerous artworks for N1.2 billion ($3.4 million).
In a report by Wall Street Journal, Njideka’s highest selling artwork at the moment is a 2017 botanical piece named ‘Bush Babies.’
Njideka Akunyili Crosby was painting in her high-raftered studio in Los Angeles in early 2017 when she got the text from a friend. Just a few years earlier, she had been selling works for $3,000 apiece. Now, one of her paintings had just sold at Christie’s in London for $3.4 million, more than six times its estimate.
It has been a jet-propelled rise to the top of the contemporary art world for Ms. Akunyili Crosby—a far cry from the small town in eastern Nigeria where she grew up.
The artist, 35 years old, has since won a MacArthur “genius” grant. New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art and London’s Tate Modern have come calling.
At least 20 public museums are on a waiting list for works she hasn’t painted yet.
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