Christie’s, a slightly wooden, semi-erotic fairy-tale painting of two lovers in the moonlight by Konstantin Somov brought a cheer from the crowd when it sold for 10 times over its estimate for £2.7 million – a record for any painting in a Russian sale.
Born in Johannesburg 1954, Grey Mundy-Castle traveled extensively around Africa before finding his spiritual home of Ghana. Kofi being the name of the day he was born and Ankobra the collaboration he formed with Ade Odus Fabunmi, soon became his signature after his partners death. A lifelong artist and son of psychologist Alistair Mundy-Castle, Kofi began painting the strange world he was surrounded by. After studying at several art colleges in West Africa and developing a strong visual sense he decided to become a professional artist. His work can be found all over the world in private collections in America, Spain, Ghana, Japan, Brazil and London.