On May 16, 2017, Sotheby’s inaugural sale of Modern and Contemporary African Art realised a total of £2,794,750 in London, a new benchmark for an auction in this category. In addition, a new record was set for the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, when Crash Willy, from 2009, sold for £224,750. In 2010, this work was the centerpiece of the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy in London and the recipient of The Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston award for Most Distinguished Work.

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