The Oliver Powell and Timely Investments Trust Collection

Live Virtual Auction, 20 September 2022

The Oliver Powell and Timely Investments Trust Collection
About the Session

Strauss & Co is pleased to present this extraordinary collection as the featured session this September Live Virtual Auction. An established insolvency practitioner with a passion for the arts, Oliver Powell's principal focus has been collecting South African painting, sculpture and works on paper made since 1950. Colour, graphic ingenuity and emotional weight are all attributes in an artwork that Powell is drawn to. Powell also emphasises the importance of his many encounters with artists. “There is so much value in meeting an artist,” says Powell. “Aspects and details of their life are reflected in what and how they paint.”

Sold for

ZAR 18 760
Lot 8
  • Deborah Bell; Vanity Notebook
  • Deborah Bell; Vanity Notebook
  • Deborah Bell; Vanity Notebook

Lot Estimate
ZAR 16 000 - 20 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 18 760

About this Item

South African 1957-
Vanity Notebook

signed, dated 06, numbered 22/30, inscribed with the title in pencil and embossed with the David Krut and Tim Foulds chopmark in the margin

two plates drypoint and chine collé on paper
image size: 41,5 by 59,5cm; sheet size: 55,5 by 77cm; 63,5 by 85 by 3,5cm including frame


“I have a sense of having lived many,
many times on this earth.
I have fleeting memories and visions of
landscapes and cities.
When I walk through museums, I am
drawn to this greater memory of Self
which extends far beyond human
When I work on my sculptures, they
reveal themselves to me.
I don’t feel that I consciously make them,
yet I know exactly how to make them.
It is as if I made them before, as if I had
been them before.
I am the lovers walking in the desert. I am
the solitary figure of Ulysses.
I am the floating Magdel spoons. I am the
Horse and Rider.
I am the Unearthed and the Sentinels
holding my world in focus.
All these people are on a journey and it is
my journey.
I cannot create anything that is not
I cannot experience what I have not owned.
Male or female, I am all.”

—Deborah Bell1

1. Deborah Bell in Pippa Stein (2004) Taxi-010 Deborah Bell, Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing, page 39.


David Krut, Johannesburg, 2008.

The Oliver Powell and Timely Investments Trust Collection.


Juliet White (2010) Deborah Bell's Alchemy, Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing, illustrated on page 51.

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