Thursday 28 April 2022

How Irma Stern, Diarrassouba boosted maiden Artsplit online lease auction

One of the lots on lease titled 'A Still Life of Fruit with A Spanish City Beyond' (1962) by Irma Stern.

A debutant, ARTSPLIT, announced its success in what has been described as art tech platform, in the secondary market space. Held as online “Lease Auction” from Monday, 18-Friday 22, April 2022, the event had taken off with a preview a week ahead of the lease.

Among the pieces at the auction were 'A Still Life of Fruit with A Spanish City Beyond' (dated 1962) by the late South African modernist, Irma Stern; and Untitled” (dated 2014) by Abdoulaye ‘Aboudia’ Diarrassouba, an Ivorian contemporary artist.

Reported as the first of its kind auction and well received by diverse community of collectors, the format included a 6-months lease of two artworks by iconic African artists with their works going for $1,185.19 and $1,128.75, respectively. 

A press statement explained that The ARTSPLIT app allows its users to own fractions, also known as 'Splits,' of prominent African artworks and keep or trade them on the app if they win in the 'Split Auction.'  "These Splits enable multiple individuals to co-own a single iconic piece of art, which is not possible on any other art platform," the organisers stated. "ARTSPLIT also allows users to participate in a 'Lease Auction' on the app to win physical custody of these split artworks for a set period."

For the two artworks by Diarrassouba and Stern auctioned, it took a dramatic turn as flurry of late bids by enthusiastic users looking to outbid each other ensured an exciting finish to a competitive auction! For the excited winners, they have been assured that the lots will be delivered to them for the duration of the lease period.

Aboudia chronicles the street scene in his city of Abidjan. In his vibrant, large-scale mixed-media paintings and drawings, inspired from the aesthetics of graffiti and traditional African carvings. For Irma Stern, one of South Africa’s most outstanding artists. Africa was her “Paradise,” which inspired her artistic creativity.

The success of the lease auction is another inspiring milestone for ARTSPLIT. It demonstrates the importance of democratizing ownership of prestigious African artworks, with ARTSPLIT granting this access to a global community of art lovers. Another significance of the success of the auctions is proof of the impressive acceptance and adoption ARTSPLIT has garnered from the art community across regions and nationalities, driving the integration of African art into the global art landscape.

Hannatu Ageni-Yusuf, ARTSPLIT's Global Head of Marketing and Communications, stated, "It has been over a week since we began our soft launch, and the reception has exceeded our expectations." We are currently gathering feedback from our early users to improve the app's offerings. Collectors have so far been captivated by the catalogue feature, which allows major collectors to create a digital catalogue of their collection with a planned AI feature that will provide an indicative valuation of these works based on trade data."

The excitement does not stop here; there are still amazing artworks up for split and lease auctions on the platform. These auctions are always available and take place in real-time. 

You can download ARTSPLIT HERE on the Android Play Store or iOS app store, sign up and start buying and trading with as little as $10 and become a co-owner and gain physical custodianship of any of the artworks up for auction.

ARTSPLIT Limited is art trading technology company driven by one common goal: Raising African Art's global profile by building a diverse community of African art collectors and investors. We are on a mission to introduce art as a currency and make it more accessible to invest, trade and collect African art. 

The platform (ARTSPLIT mobile app) allows art lovers to own fractions (also known as Splits) of prestigious African artworks, which they can trade in real-time. ARTSPLIT also provides opportunities for owners of investment-grade African art to list their works and have them evaluated and sold to members of our community. 

ARTSPLIT also offers advisory and management services for art collectors which are personalized to requirements to manage art portfolios online fully and on offline platforms. 

To find out more about ARTSPLIT, send an email at or visit

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