Njideka Akunyili Crosby seems to have joined the leagues of influential artists in the US as one of her artworks sold for N1.2 billion ($3.4 million).
In a report by Wall Street Journal, the painting is a 2017 botanical piece named ‘Bush Babies,’ and is her highest selling artwork at the moment. It was initially valued at $80,000 by Sotheby, a New York based art dealership but ended up selling for $3.4 million.
Meanwhile, a few years ago, she had been selling her works for $3000 a piece. The value of Njideka’s work gradually began to rise after her 2010 painting titled “I Refuse To Be Invisible”, a painting of her dancing with her husband, sold for $5,000 at an auction. Shortly after, three of her works sold for $8,000 each at an auction in Fredericks & Freiser gallery in New York.
In 2016, an untitled 2011 work sold at the Sotheby’s New York Contemporary Curated sale for nearly $100 000 and was followed by the sale of “Drown,” an image of the artist reclining in an intimate embrace with her husband, for nearly $1.1 million. Then, “The Beautyful Ones,” a 2013 portrait of her eldest sister, sold for a whopping $3.1 million and recently her painting “Bush Babies,” sold for $3.4 million.
Like many of her paintings, Njideka’s “Bush Babies” was inspired by her heritage, and draws from her own experiences as a Nigerian woman living in America for work.