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Ruga tops rankings

Ruga tops rankings

Paintings dominated the top 10 lots sold at Strauss & Co’s much-anticipated contemporary art sale in Cape Town, but Athi-Patra Ruga’s vibrant colour photograph of a balloon-clad figure astride a zebra ultimately topped the rankings when it sold for R1.707 million, six times more than its presale estimate.

The packed sale established 23 world records and six South African records, notably for painting and photography.

Stunned applause greeted the sale of Ruga’s large photograph The Knight of the Long Knives (2013).

The remarkable sale price not only set a new world record for the East London-raised artist, but also marked the first time a photograph has ever sold for more than R1 million at a local auction.

The top-selling lot after Ruga was an early student work by painter Marlene Dumas, a portrait of her lecturer Dimitri Fanourakis, which sold for R1.593 million, a new South African record for the Amsterdam-based artist.

A remarkable colourist landscape painted in 1997 by Robert Hodgins rounded off the top three, fetching R1.024 million. But it was younger painters and photographers working outside the conventions of documentary who really defined the narrative of the sale.

Strauss & Co established a world record for painter Mustafa Maluka when it sold his 2008 portrait titled You Say the Things You Think You Have to Say for R477 960.

Collector interest in Georgina Gratrix remains high, with two works by the young Cape Town painter placed in the top-ten lots sold: Bride Dressed as Cake, an energetic expressionist study of a smiling bride, sold for R261 740.

Ed with Bubbles, a portrait of artist Ed Young, fetched R250 360.

Other young painters who did well at the sale included Zander Blom, Mia Chaplin, Alexandra Karakashian, Banele Khoza, Simphiwe Ndzube and Pierre Vermuelen.

Strauss & Co’s 107-lot contemporary art sale grossed R12.8 million.

Specially for wine lovers

Specially for wine lovers

There will be once in a lifetime lots up for grabs at the American Express Cape Wine Barrel auction. The highly-anticipated Friday night precursor to the Cape Wine Auction is the chance for oenophiles and serious wine collectors to own truly one-of-a-kind wines while giving something back to the wine community. Once again this year… Continue Reading

Coveted warehouse in Jozi up for grabs

Coveted warehouse in Jozi up for grabs

With warehouse space in high demand across Gauteng, Park Village Auctions is bringing to market a centrally situated warehouse and office space right in the heart of Johannesburg’s central business district. The property in question, 32 Roper Street, New City, Johannesburg, will be auctioned on site on February 28 and is expected to attract the… Continue Reading

Get a rare Hodgins print

Get a rare Hodgins print

A rare Robert Hodgins print, Three Chandeliers, several shaped canvases by Sipho Ndlovu and a selection of Judith Mason prints are among the many highlights of a Strauss & Co online auction. The sale of South African and international art opens at 8am on Monday and closes at 8pm on March 4. It offers new,… Continue Reading

Wine and dine in the Cape

Wine and dine in the Cape

Constantia hosts The Cape Wine Auction this March with fabulous food to match SA’s finest wines. Constantia will be a hive of activity in March when The Cape Wine Auction returns to the valley. The last auction in the area was in 2016 when it took place at Klein Constantia. The American Express Cape Wine… Continue Reading

A real sport lover’s dream

A real sport lover’s dream

Some of the lots at this year’s Cape Wine Auction on Saturday, March 2 – sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth – will offer bidders the opportunity to be a VIP guest at some incredible, once-in-a-lifetime sporting events being held locally and abroad, including the Monaco Grand Prix and the Tour de France. This year’s lots… Continue Reading

Auctions are the best means of raising funds

Auctions are the best means of raising funds

Expansion plans need not always be funded by traditional means such as bank loans or other interest-attracting forms of financing, says Park Village Auctions CEO Roy Lazarus. “In many instances, part of, or all of, the funds needed may be raised through the sale of unused equipment, vehicles, furniture and properties,” he says. “In these… Continue Reading

Value your art

Value your art

Leading South African fine-art auction house Strauss & Co will be in Pretoria on Tuesday Feb – ruary 12 to give residents the opportunity to have their art evaluated in the current market. Taking place at the Pretoria Country Club in Sidney Street, Waterkloof, the valuation comes ahead of Strauss & Co’s upcoming April online… Continue Reading

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