Buying & Selling
Strauss & Co is South Africa's premier fine art auction house specialising in South African art including paintings, watercolours, prints and sculpture. Four auctions are held a year, two in Johannesburg and two in Cape Town. Cape Town auctions also include furniture, silver, ceramics, glass and jewellery.
The Johannesburg auctions are held in The Aviary at the prestigious Country Club Johannesburg in Woodmead. The setting is spectacular, overlooking the luscious golf greens. In Cape Town, they are held at The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands which is in walking distance from the office at The Oval and from Cavendish.
Aspects of Buying and Selling at Strauss & Co auctions are found below.
Pre-sale estimates are based upon the current market prices achieved at auction for comparable property, condition, rarity and provenance. Any bid between the high and the low estimate will, in Strauss & Co’s opinion, stand a fair chance of success. Estimates are exclusive of Buyer’s Premium and VAT. Printed estimates in the catalogue may be altered and are subject to revision.
Lots may be subject to a reserve which is a confidential figure between Strauss & Co and the seller and below which a lot may not be sold. The reserve is generally calculated at a percentage below the low estimate but may not exceed the low estimate.
Strauss & Co charges a premium to the buyer on the final bid price calculated at 12% for lots selling over R10 000, and 15% for lots selling at and below R10 000. VAT is payable by all on the Premium at the applicable rate.
This is open to the public and free of charge. Strauss & Co’s specialists are available to give condition reports or advice at viewings or by appointment.
The auctioneer will accept bids from those present in the saleroom, by absentee written bids left in advance or from telephone bidders. The auctioneer may bid on behalf of the seller up to the amount of the reserve, by placing consecutive or responsive bids for a lot.
In person: Prior to the sale, bidders are required to complete a registration card in order to obtain a bidding number and to produce some form of identification, for example, ID document, driving licence, passport or proof of current address. The onus is on the bidder to ensure that the auctioneer is aware of the bid and that the correct lot number, bidder’s number and price are called out.
Absentee written bids: These are written instructions from prospective buyers instructing Strauss & Co to bid on their behalf up to a specific amount for each lot. Although bidders are advised to record the maximum limit to which they will bid they may well be successful in securing the lot at a lower figure, depending on the interest in the lot. In the event of an identical bid, the earliest received will take precedence. Telephoned Absentee bids must be confirmed before the sale in writing. Please ensure that Absentee bids are submitted at least 24 hours before the sale.
Telephone bids: Bidders who are unable to attend the auction may arrange to bid on the telephone. A telephone clerk will call you from the saleroom and bid on your behalf. To register, please contact the Bid Department. As the number of telephone lines is limited, it is advisable to book a telephone at least 24 hours before the sale. In the event of a breakdown in the telephone communications, it is advisable to leave a maximum bid as a safeguard. Telephone bids may be recorded.
All lots sold will be invoiced to the name and address that appear on the bidding forms. Successful bidders are required to make payment for their purchases immediately after the sale. Purchases will be released upon proof of payment.
Methods of Payment
Payment may be made by:
- Cheque (by prior arrangement)
- Electronic Transfer
- Credit cards acceptable to Strauss & Co (Mastercard and Visa)
- Direct Cash deposit into our Current Account
Strauss & Co
Standard Bank Killarney
Branch Code: 007205
Current Account No: 001670891
Swift Address: SBZA ZA JJ
All purchases must be removed by 12 noon on the day following the sale from the auction venue. After this time all purchased lots will be removed to Strauss & Co’s offices and may be subject to removal, handling and storage fees.
Johannesburg Office: 89 Central Street, Houghton
Cape Town Office: The Oval, First Floor, Colinton House, 1 Oakdale Road, Newlands
Large items of furniture may be sent to Elliott International, 8 Ferrule Street, Montague Garden at the purchaser’s expense.