Single Owner Collection to be auctioned by Aspire Art Auctions end of October. 

Aspire Art Auctions is proud to announce Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya, a single owner auction of modern and contemporary art showcasing the cultivated taste and style of Nwabisa Xayiya.

Nicholas Hlobo, Intlambo yochulumanco, Estimate: ZAR 500 000 – 800 000

The live auction of 100 exclusive highlights from the collection takes place in Johannesburg on Sunday, 31 October. The remainder of the collection is included in an online only auction which will run from 20 October – 1 November.

The auction can now be viewed online on Aspire’s website. The fully illustrated catalogue is also available for download.

Nwabisa Xayiya was, over the past decade, a leading figure amongst Johannesburg’s most noteworthy art collectors, art industry influencers and socialites. She was an inspirational voice within a new generation of art collectors looking to transform and grow the contemporary art market by enlarging the space and growing the positive influence that collectors have in our society. Despite her public profile and visible support for the arts, the treasures and depth of Nwabisa Xayiya’s own private collection have remained, until now, largely unknown. Aspire Art Auctions’ exhibition and sale of the collection represents, for many, the first opportunity to appreciate the exceptional calibre and scope of the collection of a woman who, whether for art, design, or fashion, had ‘a keen eye and a sense of style.’

Comprising about 300 treasured examples of modern and contemporary art, the sale is underscored by a story of commitment and passion for art, and the companionship in collecting between Nwabisa and her husband Mikki Xayiya.

For enquiries contact:
Aspire Art Auctions in Johannesburg, 011 243 5243,

Art Specialists:

Ruarc Peffers:
Jacqui Carney:
Makgati Molebatsi:
Percy Mabandu:

Cape Town 
Emma Bedford:
Marelize van Zyl:
Sarah Sinisi:

Client Advisory
Kholisa Thomas:

Share This Story, Choose Your Platform!