Sekoto paintings to draw bids for over R2.5-million

Paintings by a late South African artist and musician who made his mark as a pioneer of urban black art, will go on sale in London next week.

Two artworks by Gerard Sekoto, who died in Paris in 1993 at the age of 80, will go on sale at an estimated price of £200 000 to £300 000 [R2.5-million to R3.8-million] according to Bonhams auctioneers.

Sekoto’s paintings—Horse and Cart, Sophiatown and Looking down the hill, Sophiatown -- were listed among the South African masterpieces, the auctioneers said.

The first one was generally accepted as being the earliest known oil painting by Sekoto.

Sekota lived in Sophiatown before moving to Paris. He had exhibitions in Paris, Stockholm, Venice, Washington, Senegal as well as in South Africa.—Sapa


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