Ten days ago, the British government issued a directive stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public in order to slow the spread of coronavirus that currently stands at 34,000 infections and 3,000 deaths in the country.

Sotheby’s, the storied auction house in London had scheduled its latest Modern & Contemporary African Art sale to begin a few days after the prime minister’s directive so at the last minute was switched to an online-only sale for the first time in this category. It featured over 100 works from 58 artists across 21 African countries.

The auction ran from Mar. 27 to Mar. 31 and saw a stunning 46% jump in the number of bids from a year ago with sales closed up at $2.9 million.

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