Njideka Akunyili Crosby, one of the daughters of late Dora Akunyili, has sold one of her numerous artworks for N1.2 billion ($3.4 million).
In a report by Wall Street Journal, Njideka’s highest selling artwork at the moment is a 2017 botanical piece named ‘Bush Babies.’
According to the report, New York based art company dealer, Sotheby’s estimated that the “Bush Babies,” would sell for up to $800,000 but ended up selling for $3.4 million.
The “Bush Babies” artwork was sold during an auction at the Christie’s in London, United Kingdom.
The artist, who once sold artworks for $3,000 apiece has joined the leagues of top-flight artist in United States of America and United Kingdom.
It was also reported that least 20 public museums are on a waiting list for works which Njideka hasn’t painted yet.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s laurel list
At 35 years old, this artist from Eastern Nigeria, has since been awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.
The MacArthur Fellowship, also referred to as the Genius Grant, awards $625,000 to artists, writers, teachers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and people from all works of life who have shown exceptional creativity.
The grant is doled out in instalments, made over a period of five years.
Aside the grant, Njideka has also been decorated with honours for her artworks by the New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art and London’s Tate Modern have come calling.