Important South African and International Art

23 May 2016

at The Wanderers Club Ballroom, 21 North Street, Illovo, Johannesburg

Millions achieved for South African Art at Strauss & Co

Strauss & Co’s auction in Johannesburg last night which achieved a total of almost R42 million, was characterised by a packed auction room and a busy bank of telephones. The top lot of the auction, Irma Stern’s Portrait of Freda Feldman with Basuto Hat, which sold on the telephone for over R5 million, was repatriated from Australia to be sold by Strauss & Co.

Works by JH Pierneef performed extremely well, the top lot being Winter Bosveld which sold for over R1,8 million. All 11 works on offer by Pierneef sold well over their estimates affirming the enduring strength of his market.

The biggest surprise of the evening was the frenzied bidding on Vladimir Tretchikoff’s Sunflowers which sold for over R1,7 million against a presale estimate of R400 000 – 600 000. This exceptional work, which has never been on the market before, was purchased directly from the artist in 1959, the year it was painted.

Contemporary art was snapped up by new and seasoned collectors alike. Artists such as William Kentridge, Norman Catherine, Willem Boshoff, Pieter Hugo, Kudzanai Chiurai and Cameron Platter performed exceptionally well.

Dendy Easton, international auctioneer, Antiques Road Show art expert and ex-Sotheby’s director UK, who took the Evening Session of the sale, complemented Strauss & Co on the exceptional results achieved – over 80% sold by lot and by value combined – and on the high standard of their catalogue, marketing and modus operandi.

Once again a thrilling auction reaffirms Strauss & Co’s position as the global market leader for South African art.

Important South African and International Art – 23 May 2015 – Top Ten Lots

Total: R41,5 million                              80% sold by lot and value combined

Lot 282 : Irma Stern, Portrait of Freda Feldman in BasutoHatR5 115 600
Lot 242: Jacob HendrikPierneef, Winter Bosveld


R1 818 880
Lot 294, Vladimir GriegorovichTretchikoff, Sunflowers


R1 705 200
Lot 259

Jacob HendrikPierneef

Umbrella Thorn


R1 079 960
Lot 235: Edward Seago (British 1910-1974), The Yellow SailR1 079 960
Lot 254: Irma Stern, Still Life with Mask


R1 023 120
Lot 311: Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes, Uranium


R932 176
Lot 243: Jacob HendrikPierneefLandscape with AcaciasR625 240
Lot 281: Gerard SekotoWoman Carrying Fruit


R568 400
Lot 315: Edoardo Daniele Villa, The Meeting, maquette


R568 400

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Image Caption: Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff, Sunflowers (detail shown here). Sold R1 705 200