Ending the year on a high note, Aspire Art Auctions is pleased to present the catalogue for the upcoming live auction of Modern & Contemporary Art and reveal highlights from the exciting boutique-style sale taking place on Tuesday, 30 November in Johannesburg.

Kate Gottgens, The Abstractor, 2018. Estimates: R 120,000 – 160,000


Comprised of a curated selection of some of the finest works by South African modern masters and leading contemporary artists, the auction features 77 lots that include works by Irma Stern, Edoardo Villa, George Pemba, Dumile Feni, Ephraim Ngatane, Vladmir Tretchikoff, William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Wim Botha, Zanele Muholi, Simon Stone, Kate Gottgens, Mohau Modisakeng, Blessing Ngobeni and Phillemon Hlungwani, among others.

A notable highlight is the inclusion of a selection of works from the collection of the Handspring Puppet Company. Founded in 1981, the company grew under the leadership of Artistic Director Adrian Kohler and Executive Producer Basil Jones for over 40 years. They’ve presented work in over 30 countries across the world and are widely recognised as South Africa’s pre-eminent puppet company. The works presented in the auction have been collected over more than 3 decades and map the company’s creative, personal and professional journey.

Taking place live at 6pm, the auction will see Aspire welcoming art lovers and collectors to their new office and gallery at 32 Bolton Road in Parkwood, Johannesburg.

The e-catalogue is online and can be downloaded here.

View the auction lots here.

Irma Stern, Still life with roses, blue bowl and the artist’s brushes in a pot, 1936. Estimates: R3,500,000 – R4,000,000


LEFT: Edoardo VillaThree Personages, 1976. Estimates: R1,200,000 – R1,500,000
RIGHT: Vladimir Tretchikoff, Race horses. Estimates: R 400,000 – 600,000

LEFT: George PembaXhosa woman dancing, 1944. Estimates: R 70,000 – 100,000
RIGHT: Ephraim NgataneThe Carlton Centre Under Construction, 1969. Estimates: R120,000 – 160,000




William KentridgeTriumph of Bacchus, 2016. Estimates: R 600,000 – 800,000


LEFT: Diane VictorThere’s Fire in the Thatch. Estimates: R280,000 – R350,000
RIGHT: Phillemon Hlungwani, Ntsako Wa Ti Endlela Wena Nwinyi, 2016. Estimates: R150,000 – R200,000


Simon Stone, A History of Bushfires. Estimates: R 100,000 – 150,000



Photo Credit: Pieter Hugo

Join Aspire Senior Art Specialist Sarah Sinisi in conversation with Handspring’s Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones about their approach to art collecting, inspiration to acquire particular pieces, the personal stories behind the works and how art has influenced Handspring’s creative output.

DATE: Wednesday, 24 November at 6pm

WEBINAR ID: 987 0566 6347

PASSWORD: 176806


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