Nigeria’s Mona Lisa’ Returns Home After 40 years
Nigeria’s most expensive painting, Tutu, also known’s Africa’s Mona Lisa, was exhibited in the country’s commercial capital, Lagos, for the first time since its disappearance over 40 years ago.
The painting which was found in a London flat in February, and auctioned for $1.5m (£1.2m) to an anonymous buyer, was the highest-valued work at the three-day ArtX Lagos fair, which ended on Sunday.
Tutu, by Nigeria’s best-known modern artist, Ben Enwonwu, was painted in 1974 and appeared at an art show in Lagos the following year. It then disappeared until it re-surfaced in north London.
The painting is a portrait of Adetutu Ademiluyi, a grand-daughter of a traditional ruler from the Yoruba ethnic group.