Max Ernst’s Le Senegal is valued at $739,500

Le Senegal, a surrealist fresco by Max Ernst, could make £400,000-600,000 ($492,960-739,440) at Bonhams London on March 2.

Max Ernst Senegal

Max Ernst had just arrived back in Europe in 1953

The work was originally painted on the wall of a Senegalese restaurant in Paris in 1953.

German-born Ernst returned to Europe that year, after spending over a decade in exile in the US. He fled there at the outbreak of the second world war.

India Phillips, head of impressionist and modern art, said: "This extraordinary painting displays Ernst's wartime obsession with Native American art.

“An unusual and mysterious work, it was removed from the wall of a Parisian Bistro and remounted in around 1957."

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