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The business weekly, Fortune has carried a front page news on art sale at the recent Sheraton Addis’s Art of Ethiopia exhibition. The paper in today’s issue disclosed the most prized sale of the exhibition, a work by Mezgebu Tessema, pictured on the top, that fetched 110,000 Br. The painting was secured by Sheraton Addis. However, the pricey painting displayed at the exhibition was by Afework Tekle, tagged with a price of over a million Birr. It was not sold, though. The painting depicting a beautiful young woman, pictured here in the right, was by Daniel Taye; it was bought by Dreje Yesusework (Jambi), a close confidant of Shiekh Mohammed Ali Al-Amoudi, for 35,000 Br, the paper disclosed.
The artists whose works have been sold have agreed to “contribute portion from the proceeds of their sales towards establishing the Sheraton Art Endowment Fund”, according to Jean Pierre Manigoff, general manger of the Sheraton Addis.

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  1. anek
    October 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    commerical art at its worst.

  2. selamawit W
    October 9, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Is it really 1 million Birr? As in money?

  3. simen
    October 12, 2009 at 11:02 am

    There is something that we have to appreciate here. This is unprecedented because a mainstream media has given such coverage for art on its front page.

  4. Ayele Bekerie
    October 17, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Dear Arefe,

    Are you okay? I miss your reporting, which is always fresh, incisive, informative, creative, inspiring, thoughtful, courageous, and responsible. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  5. October 21, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Unless things have stopped happening in Addis, you have no excuse to stop blogging arefe. So… beselam newu?

  6. October 23, 2009 at 8:51 am

    What’s up arefe!

  7. October 23, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Thanks all.
    It was just because of some work engagements. Otherwise I am safe and sound. I will keep on posting the usual stuff.

  8. yoni
    November 1, 2009 at 9:27 am

    The Fortune sucks!

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