DURBAN, South Africa – On July 30, Rana & Rana African Art will stage a 369-lot African Antique & Fine Sculpture NFT Art Auction, beginning at 8 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Each piece will be accompanied with a non-fungible token (NFT) Certificate of Authenticity that represents the article as well as ownership in digital form.
Leading the sale highlights is a Baule statue of a female figure, estimated at $4,500-$220,000. Created in what is now the African country of the Ivory Coast, it is one of eight carved Baule figures in the sale. Its male mate appears in the lineup as lot 122.
Another strong entry is a terracotta figure depicting a cavalry rider and archer created in the Bougouni region of Mali. It carries an estimate of $10,000-$50,000. The work of sculptor James Tandi is represented by a limited edition bronze bust of a Maasai warrior, number 238 of 300 and estimated at $3,400-$15,000.
An equally powerful limited-edition bronze by Casper Darare, depicting a Zulu princess, is also estimated at $3,400-$15,000. The bust is number 200 of 200.
A Robert Chimungwa sculpture of a Zulu mother and child, rendered in butter jade, appears with an estimate of $40,000-$200,000.
A 1993 Thomas M. Gidi bust sculpted from green verdite and portraying a man with dreadlocks is estimated at $10,000-$25,000.
Rounding out the highlights is another verdite stone sculpture, this one in the form of a strolling leopard. Created by David Sibanda in the late 20th century, it is estimated at $2,200-$7,000.
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