A missing Nigerian masterpiece has been found in a “modest north London flat”.
Ben Enwonwu’s 1974 painting of the Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi, known as Tutu, became a symbol of reconciliation after the Nigerian-Biafran conflict.
The painting is expected to sell for £300,000 ($415,000) at auction – a record for a modern Nigerian artist.
Booker Prize winning novelist Ben Okri called it “the most significant discovery in contemporary African art in over 50 years”.
“It is a cause for celebration, a potentially transforming moment in the world of art,” he added.
Mr Enwonwu, considered the father of Nigerian modernism, painted three versions of Tutu.
All three went missing after his death in 1994. The whereabouts of the other Tutu paintings remain a mystery.