>> This is Tutu, described as the Mona Lisa of African art. The portrait of a Nigerian princess painted by Ben Enwonwu was lost for more than 40 years. It was recently discovered in a flat in London and will now be sold at auction.>> Painted just after the end of the Nigerian Biafran Conflict.
She does symbol this moment of reconciliation and hope for the nation. I think the fact that she is also the most famous portrait by the nation's most famous artist is also incredibly significant. And the fact that she's been lost for all these years and finally discovered is truly an amazing thing.
>> The auction will be screened live in Lagos allowing Nigerian art lovers to make bids directly.>> I mean here at Bonham we receive an inquiry probably once a week, twice a week, saying we have Tutu, we found Tutu, come and value it for us. And it's always a print.
This painting is the same thing, we're thinking okay, well we have to investigate to make sure that we've done our due diligence and we went to this modest north London flat and we enter and there really is Tutu. It was an incredible moment, really historic for us.>> Tutu was painted in 1974 and appeared at an art show in Lagos the following year before disappearing until now.
The portrait will sold at Bonhams Auction House in London at the end of February and is expected to fetch between 275,000 and $400,000.