R3,4 million buys you Love

Strauss & Co:



A painting by the celebrated South African artist Stanley Pinker set a new world record for the artist last night, when it sold for R3,4 million at Strauss & Co’s auction, having been hotly  contested between ten telephone bidders and buyers in the room.

Stanley Pinker, Love

The painting Love gripped the imagination of buyers at the auction that proved the South African art market continues to show great strength for works of quality and that are fresh to the market.

Other highlights were Irma Stern’s Dakar Woman which sold for R6.6 million, Alexis Preller’s Red Angel which sold for R2,8 million and  a Harvest Scene by Maggie Laubser that sold for just under R2,3 million.

The sale of paintings and furniture from the RB Stuttaford Will Trust and the Estate Late Mrs DE Stuttaford-Burton realised over R3.1 million and was characterised by competitive bidding throughout. Two of the paintings’ highlights include Robert Gwelo Goodman’s impressive View of Helderberg that and the lovely Cape Town Docks and Table Bay which sold for R522,928 and  R409 248 respectively.
The auction conducted by Strauss & Co in Cape Town totalled R40 million with a value sell-through rate of 88.49%.

Top 10 Lots by Value


Lot Description Hammer Premium VAT Total

696 Irma Stern; Dakar Woman R6,593,440

745 Stanley Faraday Pinker; Love R3,410,400

706 Alexis Preller; Red Angel R2,842,000

692 Maggie (Maria Magdalena) Laubser; A Harvest Scene at Oortmanspost Farm,
Malmesbury District

661 after Giovanni Paolo Pannini; A View of the Roman Forum R795,760

711 Alexis Preller; African Profile R625,240

666 Robert Gwelo Goodman; Helderberg R522,928

699 Wolf Kibel; Motherhood R 511,560

701 Irma Stern; Arab Man, Dakar R 511,560

685 Pieter Willem Frederick Wenning; An Eating House R477,456