Detail from Art Auction East Africa 2017 Lot 1 Peterson Kamwathi
Lot 1 Auction 2017. Detail of Peterson Kamwathi, Maximum Reforms from Constitutional Bull Series. Sold Ksh 763,100.

Modern & Contemporary East African Art Auctions

An annual Modern and Contemporary East African Art Auction was launched by Circle Art Agency in 2013 to considerable public and media attention, locally and internationally. This is the first and remains the only commercial art auction in the region and has been hugely successful. Rebranded – Art Auction East Africa – our next auction will be in early 2018 and we are currently looking for both Modern and Contemporary art to market.

Every year since its launch, the auction has been the most anticipated event in the Nairobi art calendar. The sale attracts both local and international art collectors with over 300 guests attending as well as telephone bidders from all over the world.

This regional auction has put East African art on the map and has fostered a growing local market.  Capitalising on the ever-increasing interest in collecting African art worldwide, Circle has helped raise awareness of the investment potential of East African art.

One of our most notable successes has been to re-introduce some of the largely forgotten modern artists from the 1960s onwards and to have single-handedly created a secondary market in the region. We present art from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan and occasionally from further afield.  Zimbabwe and Namibian artists, for example, have been represented in previous years.

Our auctioneer is Dendy Easton, a British auctioneer with over 40 years experience at Sotherby’s and Bonham’s auction houses in London, and Strauss and Co auction house in South Africa. He also presents on BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow.

If you are interested in consigning art for the 2018 auction, please send images and as many details as possible including size, medium, year and provenance to for further information on participation before 30 September 2017.