French appetite for Aboriginal art grows

Aboriginal Art Directory | 17.09.07

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Several galleries now show Aboriginal works, including Yapa Gallery which opened last year and promotes Aboriginal song and dance as well as art.

And last June, auctioneers Gaia held a first-time sale it said was the biggest ever in Europe.

While prices were well below the $2.5 million paid last July at a Melbourne Sotheby's auction for a huge dot painting by the late Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, a work by Judy Watson Napangardi - Wititji-Hairstring Dreaming - fetched 22,200 euros ($36,980).

"People are beginning to collect," said Gaia's Nathalie Mangeot.

"Many of the buyers are people who love Australia, but there are a few real collectors now in Europe.

"It is too early to talk about speculation, but prices will go up," she said.

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Gallery: Galerie Yapa
Contact: Morteza Esamaili
Telephone: 01 42 96 24 45
Address: 18 Bis Rue Saint Roch Paris Paris 75001 Paris



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