Art auction houses: Reaching a wider audience

financial mail | Graham Wood:

The headline-grabbing sales at the recent end-of-year art auctions at Strauss & Co and newcomer Aspire Art Auctions were certainly the Alexis Prellers. Strauss & Co sold two Preller works for more than R6.5m each at its November 7 auction in Johannesburg. At the inaugural Aspire auction in Johannesburg on October 31, a Preller painting, Profile Figures (Mirrored Image), fetched just over R7m. In their wake, several more Prellers, Irma Sterns, Pierneefs, Battisses, Kentridges and Hodginses sold for between R1m and R2m… Read more

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