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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


BONHAMS next modern and contemporary African Art Sale, ‘Africa Now’ is sponsored by Afren plc, the African focused independent oil and gas exploration and production company, with 27 assets across nine African countries.

The auction features work by both new and established African artists. The Afren plc sponsored VIP preview reception is being held today at Bonhams HQ, 101 New Bond Street, for African luminaries and world art opinion formers. The sale commences on March 16th.

Giles Peppiatt, Director of African Art at Bonhams, says: “We are very pleased that Afren plc have once again agreed to partner us at this event.  Their credentials as a leading African energy company make them a natural choice to introduce this stunning collection of the best of contemporary African Art.”

Osman Shahenshah, Chief Executive of Afren plc, commented: “We are honoured once again to sponsor this unique exhibition which promotes the rich tapestry and diversity of African art.  Afren will continue to play a role in helping African art achieve the prominence it deserves on the international stage.”

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street, and Knightsbridge, and a further four throughout the UK. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Boston in the USA; and Switzerland, France, Monaco, Hong Kong, Australia and Dubai. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 57 specialist areas. By the end of 2009, Bonhams had become UK market leaders in ten key specialist collecting areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, go to 

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