Gerard Sekoto, Street Corner, c. 1942-45. Estimate: R 800 000 – 1,2 million

This Spring, Aspire presents an expertly curated collection of 20th Century & Contemporary art for auction in Cape Town on Wednesday 13 September.

For the discerning collector or curious investor, this sale brings together 69 significant artworks by 42 leading artists from South Africa and other parts of the continent. The diverse collection includes paintings, sculpture, photography and limited editioned graphic works. Each artwork was meticulously chosen by Aspire’s specialists for historical and cultural importance, rarity and collectability as well as investment appeal.


Leading the collection is an exceptionally rare painting by modern master Gerard Sekoto painted in c.1942/45 during the short time he spent in District Six, Cape Town. Titled Street Corner, this painting is one of the artist’s earliest urban subjects which rarely come to market.

Another notable work is a large-scale painting by Walter Battiss from 1977. Titled In the Winelands, the painting was originally commissioned by the KWV Wine Corporation in Paarl. Brightly coloured, this work is Battiss’ painted hymn to Joie de Vivre.


Walter Battiss, In the Winelands, 1977. Estimates: R 700 000 – 1 million

Erik Laubscher, Overberg in March, 2006. Estimate: R 300 000 – 400 000

The catalogue also features a unique selection of Cape-inspired landscape paintings with artworks by Robert Gwelo Goodman, Pieter Wenning, Erik Laubscher and Claude Bouscharain.

One of the most important works is a brilliant steel sculpture from 1990 by Edoardo Villa.


Pieter Wenning, Hout Bay. Estimate: R 350 000 – 450 000
Edoardo Villa,
Abstract Figure, 1990. Estimate: R 600 000 – 900 000

Internationally acclaimed William Kentridge is acknowledged as South Africa’s most celebrated and influential living artist and one of the most prominent and highly regarded contemporary artists today. Currently, Kentridge is ranked among the top-selling 100 artists with global auction sales in 2022 amounting to $4.7 million. (

William Kentridge, Traité D’Arithmétique, 2007. Estimate: R 280 000 – 350 000

Another important painting is by the famous Ivorian painter Aboudia. Working between his studios in Abidjan and New York, he is currently one of the most sought-after artists on the market with a resounding auction turnover above $15.6 million in 2022. (

Aboudia, Untitled. Estimate: R 600 000 – 800 000

Other contemporary works of note include desirable paintings by Robert Hodgins, and highly collectable photographs by the legendary David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo and Santu Mofokeng.

Also included are outstanding works by rising stars Nelson Makamo, the  2020 Standard Bank Young Artist Blessing Ngobeni, Helen Teede and Georgina Gratrix.

David Goldblatt, Girl in her new tutu on the stoep. 1980. Estimate: R 200 000 – 300 000
Pieter Hugo,
Mallam Galadima Ahmadu with Jamis, Nigeria, 2005. Estimate: R 200 000 – 300 00


For more information about the auction, the artworks on offer or how to add value to your art collection, visit

20th Century & Contemporary Art

Date: 13 September 2023
Time: 18:00
Address: 37A Somerset Road, De Waterkant, Cape Town.
Contact: 021 418 0765 / email:

4 – 13 September 2023
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2:00 pm 

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