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The star of the show at Strauss & Co’s winter sale held last night at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg was undoubtedly JH Pierneef, when a new all-time world record was set by his previously unseen painting, Farm Jonkershoek with Twin Peaks Beyond, Stellenbosch, which shattered its estimate of R6 000 000 – R8 000 000, by fetching a mammoth R20 462 400. This is the second highest price ever achieved for a painting sold at auction in South Africa.

The night also saw Strauss & Co top their own record of R73 million in sales achieved in March this year at their Cape Town auction, with a total of R89 million and an 87% sell-through rate by lot and value combined. Commenting on the success of the sale Strauss & Co’s Chairman, Frank Kilbourn, stated “Tonight proved conclusively that South Africa is the most appropriate place to sell high quality local artwork, be it historic or contemporary masterpieces. This merely reaffirms Strauss & Co’s position as the global leader for South African art”… Read more

Image: JH Pierneef’s previously unseen painting, ‘Farm Jonkershoek with Twin Peaks Beyond, Stellenbosch’. Courtesy of Strauss & Co