In pictures: First sale of modern and contemporary African art at London Sotheby's

Sothebys is delighted to announce its inaugural auction of Modern and Contemporary African Art, which will take place in London on 16 May 2017
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An employee poses with with an artwork entitled 'World On Its Hinds Legs' 2010' by South African artist William Kentridge, with an starting price of 70,000-90,000 pounds / 87,000-112,000 dollars during a photocall to promote the forthcoming inaugural 'Sale of Modern and Contemporary African Art' at Sotheby's in London. More than 115 different artworks by 60 artists from 14 different countries are set to be auctioned by Sotheby's on May 16. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Sotheby's employee walks past Earth Developing More Roots by El Anatsui, estimated at £650,000-£850,000, during a press call for an inaugural sale of modern and contemporary African art at Sotheby's in London, England. The sale will take place on 16th May 2017 with works by over 60 different artists from 14 countries across the continent of Africa and pre-sale exhibitions in Paris, Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York and London. (Getty Images Sotheby's)
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An employee poses with an artwork entitled 'Crash Willy', 2009 by British-Nigerian artist, Yinka Shonibare MBE, priced at 120,00 - 180,00 pounds / 149,00 - 224,00 dollars during a photocall to promote the forthcoming inaugural 'Sale of Modern and Contemporary African Art' at Sotheby's in London. More than 115 different artworks by 60 artists from 14 different countries are set to be auctioned by Sotheby's on May 16. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sotheby's employees pose next to Composition No. 25 (Soleil), estimated at £10,000-£15,000, during a press call for an inaugural sale of modern and contemporary African art at Sotheby's in London, England. The sale will take place on 16th May 2017 with works by over 60 different artists from 14 countries across the continent of Africa and pre-sale exhibitions in Paris, Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York and London. (Getty Images Sotheby's)
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A Sotheby's employee poses next to Earth Developing More Roots by El Anatsui, estimated at £650,000-£850,000, during a press call for an inaugural sale of modern and contemporary African art at Sotheby's in London, England. The sale will take place on 16th May 2017 with works by over 60 different artists from 14 countries across the continent of Africa and pre-sale exhibitions in Paris, Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York and London. (Getty Images Sotheby's)
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An employee poses in front of an artwork entitled 'ICARUS CHOCOLATE', 2013, by artist Angolan-Portuguese artist, Francisco Vidal with a starting price of 15,000 - 20,000 pounds / 18,700-24,900 dollars, during a photocall to promote the forthcoming inaugural 'Sale of Modern and Contemporary African Art' at Sotheby's in London. More than 115 different artworks by 60 artists from 14 different countries are set to be auctioned by Sotheby's on May 16. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman looks at artwork on display during a press call for an inaugural sale of modern and contemporary African art at Sotheby's in London, England. The sale will take place on 16th May 2017 with works by over 60 different artists from 14 countries across the continent of Africa and pre-sale exhibitions in Paris, Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York and London. (Getty Images Sotheby's)
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A Sotheby's art handler poses with Sunflowers by Irma Stern, estimated at £350,000-£550,000, during a press call for an inaugural sale of modern and contemporary African art at Sotheby's in London, England. The sale will take place on 16th May 2017 with works by over 60 different artists from 14 countries across the continent of Africa and pre-sale exhibitions in Paris, Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York and London. (Getty Images Sotheby's)
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Tue 16 May 2017 12:13 PM