Rare Congolese royal stool sells for 5.4 million euros

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A rare royal stool from the Democratic Republic of Congo sold for 5.4 million euros (seven million dollars) at a Sotheby's auction here Wednesday, organisers said.

It was the second highest price for an African artwork after a piece that sold 5.9 million euros here in 2006.

The piece, representing a kneeling sculpted female figure, was bought by an anonymous collector and was estimated at between 3.5 and 4.5 million euros.

The sculpture is said to be the work of DR Congo's "Master of Buli", one of the first African traditional sculptors recognised as an artist.

Meanwhile a Baoule metal mask from Ivory Coast sold for 983,400 euros, a record for this type of mask, at a Christie's auction in Paris. It was bought by a European collector.

© 2010 AFP

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