Times Live | Sean O’Toole:
Shortly after veteran auctioneer Stephan Welz recently knocked down the final lot at Strauss & Co’s day-long sale of collectable things at Cape Town’s Vineyard Hotel, senior art specialist Ruarc Peffers walked over to his colleague, Emma Bedford, and high-fived her.
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The pair had good reason to be upbeat.
The sale on March 16 grossed South Africa’ s leading auction house R50-million in sales as 84% of the 653 lots found buyers.
A treacly painting of a young Zulu woman wearing a ceremonial crown (isicholo) by Vladimir Tretchikoff fetched the sale’s highest price for a canvas work, selling for R3.1-million (including VAT and commission). But the 1956 painting, originally owned by Canadian mining baron Jack Hammell, was not the biggest ticket work…
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