- Dec 01. Chairman's Review 2010
- Dec 01. Voorsitters Oorsig
- Nov 12. A sparkling array
- Nov 01. Art market grabs investor's imagination and opens pockets at Strauss & Co Auction
- Oct 19. Millions for South African Paintings
- Oct 18. Strauss & Co set a new record for South African art
- Oct 11. New record for South African art
- Sep 23. Top South African Paintings at Strauss & Co's October Auction
- Aug 31. Pierneef attracts wide interest
- Aug 30. Ruth First and Lilian Ngoyi Celebrated in Artwork at Auction
- Aug 03. Jewellery Week at Strauss & Co
- Jul 23. Another Irma Stern Still Life Poised to Break Auction Records
- Jul 23. Valuation Day at The Marine, Hermanus
- Jun 26. Stanley Pinker's, The Wheel of Life, 1974, to be offered for sale in Cape Town on 11 October 2010
- Jun 25. Forthcoming Cape Town Auction
- May 30. Rhodes statue led Welz to success
- May 25. Four South African Still Lifes sell for R22 million
- May 18. Auction of Important South African, British and Continental Paintings and Sculpture
- May 10. Maud Sumner – "a sound investment"
- May 03. Important work by Deborah Bell on auction at Strauss & Co, Johannesburg, 24 May 2010
- May 02. Artists with a passion for Africa
- Mar 25. Irma Stern - Still Life with Dahlias and Fruit
- Mar 16. "Bad News" proves to be good news
- Feb 08. Anton Van Wouw - Bad News
- Feb 08. Jane Alexander - Racework
- Feb 01. Edith Dodo Estate Collection
Polish your knowledge of jewellery
August 15, 2010 [ Archived ]
Have you ever wondered whether all the people at auctions really know the value of whatever they're bidding on, or whether they're going with the flow and basing their bids on those of others who do know the value of the item? Just as important, do they know when to stop bidding?
Chances are that a significant number fall into the latter category. The problem is that if their bids are successful and they find out later that they overpaid, they won't blame their own ignorance, but will blame the auctioning.
These people must be taught what auctioning is all about and how to estimate the value of whatever they're bidding on, in particular, collectors just starting out who believe they know it all.
Strauss & Co has identified the need in one area, jewellery, so it is bringing a Sotheby's expert, Joanna Hardy, to South Africa to conduct two day-long master classes. She will teach jewellery appreciation, what to look for, how to use a loupe and how to be discerning. Hardy, who has been with Sotheby's for 14 years and runs the Jewellery School of Excellence in London, will also try to teach people how to value jewellery.
She will hold a Johannesburg master class on August 19 and one in Cape Town on August 25. They are limited to 12 per class.
Among the reasons for bringing her out, says Strauss & Co's Debbie Watson, is that most people don't know whether a diamond is genuine or fake.
Another reason is to get stock to sell at and promote Strauss & Co's first dedicated jewellery sale on November 22 at Cape Town's Vineyard Hotel.
To do that, she will also give confidential valuations to those who intend to put items up for auction.
The Johannesburg valuation will be from 9am to 4pm on August 20 at Strauss & Co's offices at 89 Central Street, Houghton. At 5.30pm, Hardy will give a lecture entitled "Jewels that catch an expert's eye" .
The Cape Town valuation will be between 9am and 4pm on August 24 in Strauss & Co's offices in Newlands. It will also be followed by a lecture in Muizenberg.
Much of the knowledge people display at auctions has been learnt the hard way - by being chastised years ago for their ignorance by old-fashioned auctioneers who called a shovel a shovel, not a spade.
Who can forget the gravel-voiced Abe Barnett of Barnett Auctioneers lambasting anyone who quoted more for an item he could buy for less at retail level? It happened to me when I bid more for a carpet than I could have bought it for at a nearby shop. In front of the assembled audience, Barnett told me, "You can get it around the ****ing corner for ****ing less than your ****ing bid."
I leave it to your imagination what he said to a hardware store owner who, a few days later, bid more for hammers than he was selling them for in his own shop.