East Africa art on rise as Kenya holds first commercial auction

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Circle auction organiser Rose Jepkorir displays a painting for the first commercial auction of east African art on November 4, 2013 in Nairobi, on the eve of the the auctionKenyan artist Boniface Maina, dreadlocks peeping out from a woolly hat, strolls round paintings and sculptures going under the hammer Tuesday in the first commercial auction of east African art. The auction in Kenya's capital Nairobi is a sign of the growing profile of the region's flourishing art scene. "It's a great step towards east African art becoming better known," Maina said, adding he hopes in the future to collect art as well as create it.