- The majority of sales from Africa's lucrative modern art market take place outside the continent
- London's 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair sees the debut of new galleries based in Africa want to change this
(CNN)There is a new international scramble for Africa happening but this time it is not for lucrative geographical territories but its modern art.
Fighting for control
A closer relationship
Giving artists their own voice
Julie Mehretu (Ethiopia) -- Born in Addis Ababa, Mehretu's family immigrated to the US. Her 2008 work Mumbo Jumbo sold for $4.85 million by White Cube in 2014.
El Anatsui (Ghana) -- Regarded as one of the most respected contemporary artists to emerge from West Africa, Anatsui began his career in Nigeria. In 2014, Paths to the Okro Farm (2006), was sold at Sotheby's New York for $1.44 million.
Irma Stern (South Africa) -- In 2010, Stern's Bahora Girl, sold for $3.59 million at London's Bonhams auction house. Her 'Arab Priest' sold for $4.8 million in 2011.
Ben Enwonwu (Nigeria) -- The late sculptors work - seven wooden sculptures of figures holding newspapers - commissioned by the Daily Mirror sold for $456,375 in 2013 at London's Bonhams.