Times LIVE | Penwell Dlamini:

The painting had been expected to sell for between R5-million to R7-million at auction. The portrait‚ produced in 1943‚ is accompanied by the original Basotho hat (or mokorotlo) worn by the sitter. Its subject‚ Freda Feldman‚ was one of Stern’s most intimate and enduring friends. The pair met when Feldman (née Ginsburg) married prominent businessman and public intellectual Richard Feldman‚ who‚ along with respected photographer and art dealer Leon Levson‚ was part of an influential group of Jewish patrons who greatly aided Stern‚ particularly during her early career… Read unedited story here

Image: Irma Stern, Portrait of Freda Feldman in Basotho Hat  (detail shown here) accompanied by the Basuto hat worn by the sitter. Sold R5 115 600