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Higher bids: Ayo Adeyinka says demand is growing for Nigerian art. Credit:

African art works discover a new world of patronage

The sculpture standing in the corner of Ayo Adeyinka’s gallery is a message from the future: a child, standing on tiptoe, poised to launch herself into space on iridescent wings.

In the World but Don’t know the World (2009) by El Anatsui

New African Art Wows International Collectors (Photo)

Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars. This 24-year-old’s success is part of a new global recognition of the value of contemporary African art.