The lockdown has affected many businesses in different ways and the fall out will still be felt for a long time to come. Fortunately online auctions are something that collectors have become accustomed to, so the switch from a live auction to an online version due to the lockdown was a relatively smooth transition.

Our last live Johannesburg sale which would have taken place at the end of March became an online auction which ran over a two week period ending at 9pm on Easter Sunday. The results were remarkable, with some fantastic prices achieved.

Perhaps it was because during lockdown more people are spending time browsing on the internet, perhaps it was because of what was on offer, we can speculate as to the reasons for the success of the sale, but R6.1m including buyer’s premium is the most successful online sale we have ever had in the short time Stephan Welz and Co have held online auctions.

Our Golden Thread competition elicited a number of entries with the prize going to Grant van Lelyveld in Johannesburg. We are particularly grateful to all who browsed, bid or entered the competition; we will be bringing another online auction before too long.

A few of the highlights are listed below, but we are still actively consigning for our upcoming Cape Town and Johannesburg auctions.

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Lot 331 Constance Stuart Larrabee (South African 1914 – 2000) TIMELESS JOURNEY – MINISTER AND HIS WIFE R 4 000 – R 6 000 SOLD R 19,056


Lot 426 Hennie Niemann Jnr (South African 1972 – ) PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN II R 60 000 – R 90 000 SOLD R 71,460


Lot 405 George Gregory (British 1849 – 1938) SONNING ON THAMES R 8 000 – R 12 000 SOLD R 17,865



Lot 432 William Joseph Kentridge (South African 1955 – ) UNTITLED (MAN WITH MEGAPHONE CLUSTER) R 50 000 – R 70 000 SOLD R 77,415


Lot 434 Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (South African 1886 – 1957) DIE EENSAME PAD (Nilant 69) R 10 000 – R 15 000 SOLD R 28,584


Lot 445 Penny Siopis (South African 1953 – ) THE BENCH, GRAHAMSTOWN LIBRARY R 100 000 – R 150 000 SOLD R 285,840


Lot 447 Nelson Makamo (South African 1982 – ) HOME SWEET HOME R 25 000 – R 35000 SOLD R 45,258


Lot 471 John Ndevasia Muafangejo (Namibian 1943 – 1987) A SHEPARD (Levinson 15) R 8 000 – R 12 000 SOLD R 20,247


Lot 633 A HARMONY GOLD COMRADES STATUE R500 000-600 000 SOLD R812 700