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Top Ten Lots, 6 March 2017

6 March 2017

Important South African and International Art, Decorative Arts and Jewellery, 6 March 2017  Read More

Strauss & Co sets new SA record for single-auction turnover

6 March 2017

The big three – Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser and J.H. Pierneef – were central pillars of Strauss & Co’s monumental late-summer auction in Cape Town, which generated a record turnover of R70.6 million. The superb result, achieved on a solid 84% sell-through rate, surpassed the previous single-auction high of R66.8 million – set in Johannesburg in 2010 – by R3.8 million.  Read More

A feast of Irma Stern paintings head Strauss & Co’s March sale in Cape Town

24 February 2017

Painting remains the benchmark medium for South African art collectors, with quality works by Irma Stern, J.H. Pierneef, Alexis Preller, Walter Battiss and Robert Hodgins commanding reliably firm prices at Strauss & Co live auctions.  Read More

Looking back, looking ahead: Strauss & Co’s bumper harvest

20 February 2017

Strauss & Co posted a record turnover of R215 million in 2016, the highest combined income achieved by the company in a single year since its inception in 2009. While the narrative around individual sales matter, it was Strauss & Co’s capacity to achieve a sell-through rate of over 80% at its four live auctions in Johannesburg and Cape Town that contributed to its resounding performance.  Read More


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A year of consolidation and growth for Strauss & Co

22 November 2016

A year of robust auction sales at Strauss & Co has seen South Africa's leading auction house achieve a record turnover of R218 million (a 4% increase on 2015). Read More

Preller excels at Strauss & Co year end sale

7 November 2016

The sale of rare and important paintings by Alexis Preller, some held in major collections and unseen for decades, capped a day of vigorous bidding at Strauss & Co's summer auction in Johannesburg. This auction of important South African and international art, the last of Strauss & Co's four annual live sales, drew a full house to the city's illustrious Wanderers Club. Read More

Top Ten Lots, 7 November 2016

7 November 2016

Strauss & Co – Important South African and International Art – Johannesburg 7 November 2016 Read More

1970s hearthrob Tos Du Toit's Art Collection poised to go under the hammer

3 November 2016

Much loved Afrikaans actor, director, author, screenwriter and producer Tos Du Toit's collection of South African art will be sold at Strauss & Co on Monday 7 November in Johannesburg. Read More

Rarely seen Prellers form part of remarkable trove going under the hammer

25 October 2016

A career-spanning selection of paintings made by Alexis Preller between 1935 and 1975, some held in major collections and many unseen for decades, will go under the hammer at Strauss & Co's forthcoming auction in Johannesburg. "What an array of ways of working!" enthused Professor Karel Nel, a respected artist and noted Preller expert, during a recent lecture on Preller. The lecture, which was hosted by Strauss & Co, offered an insight into the biographical context and outstanding aesthetic attributes of the ten Preller lots on offer. Read More

Sale of Important Post-War Art Collection will Benefit Education

25 October 2016

Irma Stern's striking oil portrait from 1956, Lot 226, Woman with Blue Headscarf (estimate R2 000 000 - R3 000 000), is one of a number of remarkable works from the collection of Liselotte and Walter Hardebeck going under the hammer at Strauss & Co's upcoming 7 November sale in Johannesburg. Other notable works from this collection include Lot 223, Stern's Watussi Chief's Wife (with Head Dress), a charcoal drawing from 1946 (estimate R200 000 - 300 000), and a group of five little-seen works by Alexis Preller. Read More

Homecoming: Strauss & Co offers lost treasures of SA art

14 October 2016

A key work by painter Alexis Preller, for decades presumed lost, is among the standout lots on Strauss & Co’s forthcoming Johannesburg summer auction. The sale, scheduled to take place at the Wanderers Club on 7 November, includes a number of important works repatriated to this country from international collections, notably by Preller, Walter Battiss, Cecil Skotnes and Edoardo Villa. Read More

A Selection of Highlights, 7 November 2016

14 October 2016

Important South African and International Art - Johannesburg 7 November 2016 Read More

Red-hot sale on a cool Cape day

10 October 2016

A night of vigorous bidding at Strauss & Co’s s spring auction in Cape Town generated R58 million in sales, a record for the Cape Town office and the second highest individual sale result for South Africa’s leading auction house. The sale, which featured over 630 pieces, achieved an 82.5% sell-through rate, an achievement unmatched by rivals. Read More

Top Ten Lots, 10 October 2016

10 October 2016

Important South African and International Art, Decorative Arts and Jewellery - Cape Town, 10 October 2016 Read More

A haul of Modern Masters and Contemporary Pioneers

13 September 2016

Paintings dominate the offerings in Strauss & Co’s forthcoming October sale in Cape Town, but there is a noticeable contemporary attitude about this spring auction. Read More

Art Conversations: A Tribute to Stephan Welz at Welgemeend

20 July 2016

The illustrious Cape Town manor home of Welgemeend, an estate founded on the slopes of Table Valley in 1693 and declared a monument in 1944, will once again open its doors for a month-long winter exhibition of important South African art (5 August - 2 September 2016). Read More

StraussOnline's July auction now live

13 July 2016

There's something to tempt everyone on StraussOnline's July 2016 auction which opened on 8 July 2016. Featuring more than 450 lots, the auction house showcases its extensive offering of contemporary and 20th century artworks, silver, ceramics, furniture and books. Read More

Strauss & Co Bolstered by Heavyweights

29 June 2016

Strauss & Co is proud to announce important appointments to its Board and team of art specialists bolstering the rock solid legacy of founding managing director, Stephan Welz, who passed away at the end of last year. Read More

Strauss & Co - Results First Semester 2016

24 June 2016

Last year Strauss & Co achieved its highest turnover in its eight-year history, setting 21 new artists'' records and showing depth in the market with impressive sales across all departments. While 2015 ended with the untimely loss of Stephan Welz, the company''s founding Managing Director, Strauss & Co''s midyear results are testimony to the resilience of the company and the confidence that clients have in the expertise and integrity of its staff. Read More

Hermanus Fynarts Festival

10 June 2016

The Stephan Welz series of Fynarts Talks Read More

Strauss & Co Specialists on the Road

31 May 2016

Specialists from Strauss & Co will be visiting East London, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Knysna and Hermanus in June to conduct obligation-free valuations of paintings, sculpture, silver, and Chinese porcelain. Read More

Millions achieved for South African Art at Strauss & Co

23 May 2016

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. Read More

Top Ten, 23 May 2016

23 May 2016

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

Raise your hat as important Stern comes home

10 May 2016

Strauss & Co's upcoming auction will be headlined by a striking portrait, returning from Australia, of one of Irma Stern’s closest friends. It will go on auction on Monday 23 May at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. Read More

Hats Off to Strauss & Co

28 April 2016

High-quality artworks by top South African and international artists will feature at Strauss & Co's auction on 23 May at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg Read More

Hats off: an intimate view of Stern and her inner circle

25 April 2016

Strauss & Co is delighted to present a striking 1943 portrait by Irma Stern, the prolific South African expressionist painter who ranks alongside Georgia O'Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois as amongst the ten most expensive women artists sold at auction globally between 2005-15. The painting will be sold at auction on 23 May 2016 in Johannesburg. Read More

Bidding on Strauss Online Auction starts 8 April

7 April 2016

Strauss & Co’s next eagerly awaited Online auction, which will run from 8 to 18 April 2016, features some of South Africa’s favourite artists, at accessible prices and unrivalled convenience. Read More

Decorative Arts highlights for 8th April On Line auction

7 April 2016

Decorative Arts highlights for 8th April On Line auction Read More

Let Strauss & Co's specialists value your art

29 March 2016

Do you know what your art is worth? Strauss & Co specialists will provide free valuations at their Johannesburg premises on Tuesday 5 April 2016. Read More

Bad Man tops Great Sale

14 March 2016

At Strauss & Co's auction Monday in Cape Town, Robert Hodgins' roguish Bad Man with Great Threads sold for R2,4 million, more than three times the pre-sale estimates. Read More

Top Ten, 14 March 2016

14 March 2016

Important South African and International Art, Decorative Arts and Jewellery Read More

Own a piece of Cape heritage

7 March 2016

Treasures once part of the historic Vergelegen estate in Somerset West will be sold by Strauss & Co in their much anticipated auction on 14 March. Read More

Art valuations by visiting UK expert

6 March 2016

International art expert and auctioneer, Dendy Easton, will be in Cape Town this week to provide free valuations and participate in the Strauss & Co auction on March 14th. Read More

Picasso and Battiss Converse at Strauss Auction

3 March 2016

Strauss & Co’s 14 March auction offers art lovers insights into the art and ideas shared by Picasso and Battiss when they met in Paris in the 40s. Read More

Rare Tretchikoff painting found in Pietermaritzburg

26 February 2016

A Vladimir Tretchikoff painting, which had been sold by the artist after a chance meeting with a Pietermaritzburg couple in 1959, could earn its new pensioned owner over half a million when it goes on auction in May. Read More

A Strong Suit at Strauss & Co

18 February 2016

Look out for Strauss & Co’s eye-catching auction catalogue with its amusing cover, Bad Man in Great Threads (R700 000 – 900 000) by Robert Hodgins. Read More

Chagall and a Ritzy Restauranteur at Strauss & Co

18 February 2016

Marc Chagall’s Pour Gustave Zumsteg at Strauss & Co’s 14 March auction tells the great story of a restauranteur and the leading artists of the day. Read More

Strauss & Co Online Auction kicks off on 15 Feb

9 February 2016

Browse, bid or buy from the luxury of your own home on the latest Strauss & Co online auction from 15 - 22 February 2016 Read More

Charming Maggie Laubser Painting Tells Many a Tale at Strauss Auction

8 February 2016

Strauss & Co's upcoming auction on Monday 14 March at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town offers many exceptional works by major South African artists from JH Pierneef, Hugo Naudé, Walter Battiss, Gerard Sekoto, Gregoire Boonzaier and Erik Laubscher to Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Sue Williamson, Athi-Patra Ruga and Ian Grose. Amongst these, Birds and Boats (R700 000 - 900 000) by Maggie Laubser is one of the most charming paintings by this much-loved artist to appear at auction in recent years, according to Senior Art Specialist Emma Bedford. Read More

Strauss & Co Art Specialists Providing Free Valuations in Pretoria

27 January 2016

Specialists from South Africa’s premier auction house, Strauss & Co, will be visiting Pretoria on Tuesday 2 February 2016 to provide obligation-free valuations to anyone who is considering selling an artwork, or would merely like to discover its value. Read More

Big gains and a sad loss for Strauss & Co in 2015

19 January 2016

A month before he passed away on 25 December 2015, distinguished art expert and auctioneer Stephan Welz presided over yet another successful sale at Strauss & Co when, on 9 November, he knocked down painter Alexis Preller’s oil and gesso work The Creation of Adam I (1968) for R8.5 million in Johannesburg. The extraordinary sale result established a new South African record for this enigmatic painter. Read More

Stephan Welz speaks on the Jewish contribution to cultural life in South Africa

23 November 2015

Last month, in a packed lecture held at the offices of fine art auctioneers Strauss & Co, Stephan Welz, the longest practising fine art expert and auctioneer in South Africa, held the room rapt as he concentrated his attention on the phenomenal, and largely unsung, contribution made to local arts and culture by Jewish philanthropists. Read More

Gold miner shines in bronze

9 November 2015

A rare bronze sculpture of a miner by Anton van Wouw more than doubled its previous record set in 2013, selling for R4.8 million at Strauss and Co’s summer sale held at The Wanderers in Johannesburg last night. A striking number of the top lots at the auction house’s evening session achieved record prices, including important works by Anton van Wouw, Alexis Preller, Norman Catherine and Cecily Sash. Read More

Top Ten, 9 November 2015

9 November 2015

Important South African and International Art, Drawings, Watercolours, Paintings, Prints and Sculpture Read More

A Woman of Substance

3 November 2015

Caro Wiese is a lover of beautiful things. This understated collector, who recently joined the board of Strauss & Co, the largest fine art auction house in South Africa, talks of her enduring love for art and literature. Read More

Strauss Summer Auction headlined by rare and exemplary works by Preller, Stern, Kentridge, Pierneef and Van Wouw

16 October 2015

High-quality artworks representing a number of top South African and international artists at their best are among the pieces on auction at Strauss & Co's Summer auction on 9 November at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg Read More

Van Wouw Dagga Smoker won with ten cent raffle ticket among highlights at Strauss & Co's Johannesburg Auction on 9 November 2015

15 October 2015

Strauss & Co's summer auction on 9 November at the Wanderers Club will include among its highlights an Italian casting of Anton van Wouw's famous Dagga Smoker. The sculpture was donated by the artist as a raffle prize to raise funds for the Dutch Relief Fund during World War 2. Tickets cost one shilling (10 cents). At the time the sculpture was valued at 60 pounds. It is expected to fetch in excess of R350 000 on auction this November. Read More

R2 600 000 for chest of drawers

13 October 2015

Last night a chest of drawers sold for close on R2 600 000 at Strauss & Co's auction in Cape Town drawing gasps from the packed saleroom. This important 18th century chest of drawers, which was formerly part of the collection of Vergelegen, was hotly contested between two international buyers on the telephone. Read More

Top Ten, 12 October 2015

13 October 2015

Important South African and International Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts and Jewellery Read More

Randlord's furniture appears on market 65 years later

5 October 2015

Items which emerged from the sale in 1942 of The Contents of Vergelegen, the property of Sir Lionel and Lady Phillips will be offered for sale at Strauss & Co, in Cape Town, on 12 October 2015. These include two 18th century aquatints of Cape Town, originally purchased for 3 guineas each (R4 000 - 6 000), and an ornate George III giltwood cartel clock (Edward Clarke, London) inscribed on the reverse ''Mrs L Phillips'' (R25 000 - 30 000). Also with the same provenance is a George III style linen press which bears an inventory label for Sir Lionel Phillips Bart, Tylney Hall, his former home in England (R15 000 - 20 000). Read More

Property from the Rodwell House Collection

5 October 2015

Property from the Rodwell House Collection to be included in Strauss & Co's Auction of Important South African and International Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts and Jewellery, Cape Town 12 October 2015 Read More

Erik Laubscher: Toast of the Town

25 September 2015

By Sean O’Toole. Rejection can be motivating force in an artist’s life. Take the definitive “no” that prefaced the start of much-loved painter Erik Laubscher’s prodigious career. In 1946, Tulbagh-born Laubscher, whose work is now highly sought after, knocked on a door at the Michaelis School of Fine Art and enquired from a secretary about his application to study at this prestigious Cape Town art school. Read More

Strauss Spring Auction Set to Surprise and Delight

15 September 2015

Strauss & Co's Spring auction on 12 October at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands promises a veritable cornucopia of rare and beautiful South African and international art from Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Pieter Wenning, Jean Welz, Walter Battiss and Erik Laubscher to Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge and Penny Siopis. Younger artists include Georgina Gratrix, Athi-Patra Ruga, 2015 winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Performance Art, and Mohau Modisakeng. An early hand-coloured print by Colin Richards is likely to appeal to discerning collectors. International works range from seventeenth-century portrait paintings to works by Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and Diego Rivera. Read More

Rare Portrait of Childhood by Peter Clarke at Strauss Auction

10 September 2015

In a long career spanning 85 years, Peter Clarke produced remarkably few portraits of children making this Portrait of a Young Boy a rare find. Read More

Ten Cent raffle ticket wins half a million Rand artwork

4 September 2015

Draw breath for the one shilling Dagga Smoker set for a high of almost half a million Rand at Strauss & Co auction Read More

Strauss & Co launches new improved website

3 September 2015

Strauss & Co ensures art enthusiasts worldwide stay connected with new upgraded highly personalised mobile-friendly website Read More

Dolly commands millions

2 June 2015

A painting by the celebrated Dutch artist Kees van Dongen of his much loved daughter Dolly which was painted in 1909, was the most expensive painting sold by Strauss & Co at their auction in Johannesburg last night. The painting realised R5 684 000 which well exceeded the pre-sale estimate. Read More

Sculpture price soars to dizzy heights

2 June 2015

A rare sculpture by the South African born artist Ernest Mancoba who left South Africa in 1938 for Paris where he met and married the famous Dutch artist Sonja Verlov, last night astounded the South African art buying public when it sold for R613 872. Read More

Record price for "kitchen boy" painting

2 June 2015

A painting by the celebrated larger than life artist and chef, Braam Kruger, popularly known as "kitchen boy" depicting himself and his erstwhile girlfriend the actress Grethe Fox as Justice, as well as Adam and Eve after The Fall in the nude, last night was sold by Strauss & Co in Johannesburg for R204 624, setting a new record for the artist. Kruger, who died in 2008, for many years presented a popular cooking program on television. Read More

Athi-Patra Ruga - Dancing Figure

30 May 2015

Important South African and International Art, Johannesburg, 1 June 2015, Lot 175 Athi-Patra Ruga is as comfortable and thought-provoking expressing his ideas on sexuality, gender, consumerism, race and politics as he is in working through numerous mediums, whether video, photography, performance , interventions or textiles. Read More

Hello Dolly! Portrait of artist's daughter expected to fetch R4 million

28 May 2015

At Strauss & Co's auction of Important South African and International Art on Monday 1 June, artworks to the value of over R40 million are set to go under the hammer. Amongst the highlights is an arresting portrait by renowned Dutch artist, Kees Van Dongen, of his beloved daughter Dolly. Read More

Modern and contemporary art steals the show at Strauss & Co's June sale

20 May 2015

Strauss & Co's sale which takes place in Johannesburg on 1 June 2015 showcases many exciting works of art by South African and international artists of stature. These include Kees van Dongen, Alexander Calder, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, William Kentridge, Jane Alexander, Robert Hodgins, Penny Siopis, Deborah Bell, Walter Oltman and Athi-Patra Ruga. Read More

Half a Century of Robert Hodgins at Strauss & Co

16 May 2015

"Very few artists command the respect and admiration of their peers in the way Robert Hodgins does, a reverence often verging on cult status." Kendall Geers Strauss & Co's June 1 auction of Important South African and International Art in Johannesburg features a unique and unprecedented selection of paintings by Robert Hodgins, one of the most compelling of South African artists. These works span the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st century and track Hodgins’ rise from obscurity to stardom and his development from young, inquiring artist to mature painter. Though Hodgins only started his full-time painting career in earnest at the age of 63 when he retired from his lectureship at Wits, he was a prolific artist and produced paintings with varying degrees of regularity and intensity throughout his life. Strauss & Co holds the top 12 consecutive records for Hodgins, most recently R2,6 million which was achieved for the painting J'accuse. Read More

Alexander Calder - 'Spiral',

16 May 2015

Important South African and International Art, Johannesburg, 1 June 2015, Lot 208 Read More

William Kentridge - 'Shrouded Figure in a Landscape [Taking in the Landscape]'

16 May 2015

Important South African and International Art, Johannesburg, Lot 258 Read More

Walter Battiss - 'Untitled'

16 May 2015

Important South African and International Art, 1 June 2015 Read More

Jane Alexander - 'Serviceman'

16 May 2015

Important South African and International Art, Johannesburg, 1 June 2015, Lot 263 Read More

Kees van Dongen - 'Dolly au collier d'argent'

16 May 2015

Important South African and International Art, Johannesburg, 1 June 2015 Read More

Strauss & Co Art specialists to visit Kwazulu-Natal

1 April 2015

What is your art is worth? Have you ever had it valued? Are you thinking of selling? Highly regarded art specialists and auctioneers, Stephan Welz and Ruarc Peffers of Strauss & Co, will be visiting KwaZulu-Natal next week to offer obligation-free valuations in preparation for their next major auction of Important South African and International Art to be held in Johannesburg on 1 June 2015. They will be in Pietermaritzburg on 8 April and Durban on 9 April 2015 (see details below). Strauss & Co, South Africa's premier auction house for fine and decorative arts, is the global leader in the South African art market and holds records for most major South African artists including Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Anton van Wouw, Wolf Kibel, Walter Battiss, Stanley Pinker, Robert Hodgins, Penny Siopis et al. Read More

Tutu sculpture sells for over R850 000 at Strauss & Co auction

20 March 2015

Prices for South African and international art soared at Strauss & Co's auction held Monday night in Cape Town. The sale achieved a total of R50 million with a value sell-through rate of over 84%, once again the highest in the current market. Read More

Strauss & Co reaffirms its global supremacy in the South African art market

20 March 2015

Prices for high quality South African and international art soared at Strauss & Co's auction held this week in Cape Town. The sale achieved a total of R50 million and a value sell-through rate of over 84%, once again the highest in the current market, reaffirming Strauss & Co's position as global leader for South African art. The packed saleroom, a regular feature of Strauss & Co's evening sales, was marked by competitive bidding and many exciting surprises ensued. Read More

Strauss & Co Top 10 Results for 16 March 2015 Auction

18 March 2015

Phenomenal results achieved at Strauss & Co's Cape Town 16 March Auction - over R50 million sold. Here a list of the top ten lots by value with images of the top three. Read More

JH Pierneef - Master of the Medium

11 March 2015

Modestly scaled and less architectonic than his oils, JH Pierneef's casein paintings are widely regarded as amongst his most lyrical works. The artist is said to have produced upwards of 50 landscape studies using casein, a milk-based binding agent that Pierneef obtained from a Dusseldorf-based supplier. Characterised by their notational brushstrokes and impressionistic use of colour, Pierneef's casein works are a benchmark of his intuition and assuredness as a painter. Read More

Artist and Son Reunited

10 March 2015

Born in a shtetl outside Warsaw, Kibel left Poland in 1923 to avoid conscription. He initially settled in Vienna, but in 1925 relocated to Jerusalem, later moving to Tel Aviv, where he met Frieda. Dogged by financial hardship, Kibel immigrated to South Africa in 1929. He arrived alone, his pregnant wife despatched to Warsaw due to visa problems. Kibel's arrival date in Cape Town coincided with the birth of Joseph, who would only come to South Africa three and a half years later with his mother. Read More

Hodgins' Favourite Scheduled for Strauss & Co Auction

10 March 2015

This was Hodgins' favourite painting. It was borrowed from the owner for Hodgins to enjoy and display in his home until his death when it was returned to the owner. Read More

Harvey Collection Celebrates South African History

9 March 2015

On Monday afternoon, at 4pm, 16 March, an impressive collection of Africana will be offered on auction at Strauss & Co in Cape Town. Items include historic documents, books, sketches and diaries by Sir William Warre, William Daniell, William John Burchell, John Barrow, William Cornwallis Harris, Reverend Latrobe, and Mortimer Menpes. Read More

Top Notch Tretchi Shines at Strauss & Co Auction

9 March 2015

In 1982 Stephan Welz sold Tretchikoff's 'Zulu Maiden' at auction for R1700. On 16 March Strauss & Co, under direction of Stephan Welz, the work will once again see the saleroom, this time at an estimate of R1 900 000 - 2 200 000. Read More

Mapogga Blissful Nuptials at Strauss & Co Auction

9 March 2015

Mapogga Wedding (1952) finds Alexis Preller on the cusp between a relatively naturalistic depiction of his African subject and the investiture of that subject with mystical and hieratic properties and overtones. Read More

Kimberley Diamond Rush Brooch to benefit Save the Children Fund

6 March 2015

A historic diamond brooch, belonging to Colonel Sir David Harris, pioneer of the South African diamond industry, director of de Beers, Barney Barnato's first cousin and close friend of Cecil John Rhodes, will go under the hammer in Cape Town on Monday 16 March at Strauss & Co's auction. Originally a gift from Colonel Sir David Harris to his wife, Rosa Gabriel of Pomerania (Prussia), whom he married in 1873, it is estimated to fetch R400 000 - 450 000. Read More

Art with Global Appeal at Strauss Auction

6 March 2015

Some of the very best in South African and international art is on offer at Strauss & Co's upcoming auction on 16 March in Cape Town. These include key contemporary works by globally recognised artists such as Berlinde De Bruyckere, Nam June Paik, Huang Gang, Yayoi Kusama, William Kentridge and Penny Siopis. Read More

The Arch Flies Again

6 March 2015

Ed Young's 'Arch' is flying high in the foyer of the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. It will feature amongst some of the very best in South African and international art when it comes up for sale at an estimated R450 000 â?? 550 000 at Strauss & Co's next auction. Read More

Pierneef Painting that Launched Cultural Movement Headlines Strauss Auction

6 March 2015

Jacob Hendrik Pierneef's painting of 'The Maluti Mountains' (1 200 000 â?? 1 600 000) at Strauss & Co's upcoming auction on 16 March 2015 at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands in Cape Town, tells a fascinating South African story. Not only is it a extraordinary painting from the period which Esmé Berman described as one of "discovery and mastery" but it was purchased by a remarkable man instrumental in developing South Africa's educational and cultural institutions. Read More

Chairman's Report, 2014

3 February 2015

It is impossible to predict what will happen in the future, but the last six years have been remarkable in the history of the South African art market and Strauss & Co has undoubtedly played a significant role. Read More

Modern and Contemporary Art Headlines Strauss Auction

21 January 2015

Some of the very best in South African and international modern and contemporary art is on offer at Strauss & Co's upcoming auction scheduled for 16 March 2014 at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands in Cape Town, including key contemporary works by globally recognised artists such as Berlinde De Bruyckere, Nam June Paik, Huang Gang, William Kentridge and Penny Siopis. Read More

R60 million for record-breaking South African art

11 November 2014

The Strauss & Co summer auction conducted in Johannesburg last night totalled R60 million, making this the most successful sale of South African art for many years. Read More

Chemist dispenses groundbreaking art collection

5 November 2014

Strauss & Co is proud to announce the sale of the illustrious Harry Lits Collection of Works by the Amadlozi Group - a highlight of the 10 November auction of Important South African and International Art to be held at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. Read More

Seminal Painting by Irma Stern heads Strauss & Co Auction

19 September 2014

Tiger Lilies was painted in 1932, shortly after Irma Stern's return to Cape Town following successful exhibitions in Europe. Marking a significant break with European influence, and Stern's determination to establish her own artistic identity and distinctive South African style, the painting is seminal in her oeuvre. Read More

Pinker Delights at Strauss & Co's Spring Auction

16 September 2014

The rising interest in Stanley Pinker's art is sure to attract buyers and viewers alike to Strauss & Co's upcoming auction scheduled for 13 October 2014 at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands in Cape Town when the artist's OH AHA (R1,000,000 - 1,500,000) comes under the hammer. Read More

South Africa joins booming global market as Strauss Online's next auction opens

9 April 2014

South Africa is now unequivocally a part of the booming global online art auction market with the opening of Strauss Onlines second online auction this week. Read More

R3,4 million buys you "Love"

18 March 2014

A rare and undocumented painting by the celebrated South African artist Stanley Pinker last night set a new world record for the artist when it sold for R3,4 million at Strauss & Co's auction having been hotly contested between ten telephone bidders and buyers in the packed auction room. Read More

The Cape Town Art Fair - A celebration of South African Art

26 February 2014

Strauss & Co, Cond Nast House & Garden and Delaire Graff Estate have joined forces to celebrate Cape Town's second annual Art Fair and show some of the most highly valued art that South Africa has produced, to date. Read More

A Groovy Kind of Love at Strauss & Co

3 February 2014

All eyes are on Strauss & Co's upcoming auction scheduled for 17 March 2014 at The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands in Cape Town. Whether your interests lie in South African or international fine arts, decorative arts or jewellery, there's plenty to tempt the senses. Read More

Top artists and the art of dealing celebrated at Strauss & Co

22 January 2014

All eyes are on Strauss & Co's upcoming auction scheduled for 17 March 2014 at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands in Cape Town. Whether your interests lie in South African or international fine arts, decorative arts or jewellery, there is plenty to tempt the senses. Read More

Chairman's Report 2013

1 January 2014

As South Africa's leading auction house of fine and decorative arts, our goal is to offer for sale at auction high quality, unique and fresh to the market pieces at responsible estimates and with impeccable provenance. Our sustained commitment to provide our clients, both buyers and sellers, with the best possible service is of paramount importance and we are grateful to have been rewarded by their continued support. Read More

Jane Alexander's "Untitled" sets a stream of new records

14 November 2013

record for South African sculpture record for Jane Alexander record for contemporary art in South Africa Johannesburg: History was made at Strauss & Cos auction yesterday evening when Jane Alexanders important sculpture, Untitled, sold for an impressive R5,5 million setting a new record for a South African sculpture, a record for Jane Alexander and a record for contemporary art in South Africa. Read More

Seminal works from Jane Alexander's masters show destined for auction

30 October 2013

The November 11th 2013 Strauss & Co Evening Sale of South African and International Art promises to be a landmark moment for contemporary art in the context of a South African auction. Read More

As Large as Life The Ceramics of Irma Stern

30 October 2013

In 1971 the University of Cape Town opened the doors of the Irma Stern Museum to the public for the first time. Read More

Through The Eyes Of An Artist - Romantic Accounts Of Africa

30 October 2013

A keen traveller, Irma Stern was also fortunate to have the financial means with which to do so. Her trips also provided her with an abundance of new sights from which she could draw inspiration for her insatiable artistic output. Read More

Staging a moment in art - William Kentridge and Opera

30 October 2013

At a recent Strauss & Company auction in Cape Town, an original drawing from the opera The Magic Flute sold for R1 591 520. Read More

Pocket Money to Millions A students keen eye for art admirably rewarded

20 October 2013

A seminal work, Untitled 1985/6, by the eminent South African sculptor, Jane Alexander, will be sold by Strauss & Co in Johannesburg on 11 November 2013 and is expected to fetch over R2million. Read More

Strauss Online: Time-limited auction sales exclusively online

14 October 2013

With the exponential growth in online transactions, virtual shopping has become increasingly prevalent in contemporary society. The inevitable development of online auctions has consequently followed suit. Not to be confused with online bidding (which simply refers to placing bids on lots during live, physical auctions via the internet), online-only auctions are virtual auction sales conducted exclusively on the internet. Read More

Millions raised at WWF Art Auction

18 September 2013

The World Wildlife Fund Art Auction, presented by Strauss & Co and Everard Read, raised close on R5 million last night at the CIRCA gallery, in Johannesburg. Read More

Humanist's Vision of Early Cape Town

7 September 2013

Gregoire Boonzaier was, according to Dr Albert Werth, esteemed former director of the Pretoria Art Museum, the painter of Cape Town who was able, with his characteristic signature, to capture the city in all its changing beauty.1 That signature changed over time, making this early vision remarkable not only for what it reveals historically of the city in the 1940s but for its evidence of the artist's early style. Read More

Hot Stuff from Goodman

7 September 2013

The presence of these two impressive paintings by Robert Gwelo Goodman on one sale provides the rare opportunity of seeing some of the artists finest works and assessing how his French training and exposure to the international art world impacted on the development of his style. In 1895 he studied at Pariss famed Acadmie Julian where Henri Matisse was a fellow pupil. Following success in London when three landscape paintings were accepted at The Royal Academy in 1898 and a painting tour of India in 1903/4, he re-settled in South Africa in 1911. Read More

Hodgins for the brave

7 September 2013

An artist of uncompromising vision and brilliance..... Read More

Kentridge's Queen of the Night

7 September 2013

William Kentridge was commissioned to create 'The Magic Flute' by La Monnaie in Brussels where it opened in April 2005. Used in creating the animation sequences for his production, this drawing evokes the famous scene from the 1816 production with Karl Schinkels set designs in which the Queen of the Night appears beneath a star-studded vault. Read More

Discovery of Double-sided Laubser Painting Delights at Strauss Spring Auction

7 September 2013

An extraordinary discovery was made when the owners of a beautiful Maggie Laubser painting decided to reframe it. To their surprise, they found an equally good painting on the back. According to Stephan Welz, South Africa's top modern art expert and auctioneer, this remarkable double-sided painting, which is to be offered at Strauss & Co's 21 October auction at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, also has an impeccable provenance and interesting history. Read More

Pierneef on a Grand Scale

7 September 2013

The 1920s represented a period of experimentation and innovation for Jacob Hendrik Pierneef. Read More

Preller's Exotic Explorations

7 September 2013

Between 1948 and 1949 Alexis Preller enjoyed a sojourn in the Seychelles and whether this sensual still life was painted there or shortly afterwards, it was no doubt inspired by his experiences of the place and its people. Read More

Stern Scintillates at Strauss & Co's October Auction

7 September 2013

A selection of paintings establishing Irma Stern as a leading Modernist painter and, furthermore, as an intrepid collector of top quality African art, will be offered at Strauss & Co's 21 October 2013 auction at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town. Read More

WWF Art Auction Poised to Raise Record Funds

7 September 2013

Some of the oldest recorded works of art can be traced to archaeological sites from across southern Africa. Recent research suggests that this ancient art is synonymous with the very essence of being human that the development of cognition allowed our ancestors to think differently and to express unique human traits through language, art and religion. Read More

Kruger on the Station

7 September 2013

According to tradition this is a representation of the old President as he witnessed the departure of the first Boer commandos from Pretoria station to the front in Natal. ... Read More

The Pleasures of Food, Friends and Art

7 September 2013

Still life paintings are far more than just conglomerations of objects. On the contrary, the choice of objects reveals much about the artists lifestyles, the cultural milieu in which they operate and the values of their time. In addition, with less pressure to produce a likeness, the artist is free to explore new material and new approaches to picture-making. Read More

Stern's Island Reveries

7 September 2013

Irma Stern is known to have visited Madeira on several occasions, sometimes on extended stays of a few months and at other times probably for a day or two as the Portuguese archipelago that lies about 500 kilometres west of Morocco, was a frequent port of call for ships sailing between Africa and Europe. In 1955 Stern visited Europe to exhibit in Germany once more and also travelled to Turkey. Its likely that she would have called in at Madeira en route. Read More

Private donation of iconic Chris Levin designs to boost Iziko Collection

24 May 2013

Last Thursday evening a glamorous occasion took place in the Wanderers Club Ballroom Johannesburg, during which 50 magnificent garments of vintage couture from the private collection of South African fashion legend Chris Levin, went under the hammer. Read More

R1 818 880 for "Last Supper"

20 May 2013

Strauss & Co, Johannesburg: The much disputed decision by the Institute for Catholic Education to sell the Cecil Skotnes triptych removed from the Santa Sophia Chapel in Pretoria has had an astounding result. Read More

Strauss & Co to sell one of the world's most reproduced paintings

15 May 2013

Johannesburg: Frans Oerder's still life, Blossom Time, will be sold at Strauss & Co's much anticipated Evening Sale on Monday 20 May 2013 in the Wanderers Club Ballroom. Read More

Tretchi fever heats up

15 May 2013

Controversial Russian born artist Vladimir Tretchikoff, nicknamed King of Kitsch, is top of the pops as auction prices for his paintings continue to soar, seemingly eclipsing the two long-time market leaders Pierneef and Stern. Read More

You only live twice.....

10 May 2013

Strauss & Co's autumn auction of important South African & International Art to be held at The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on Monday, 20 May, features two sleek and stylish items of office furniture designed by the celebrated Danish architect and designer, Bodil Kjaer. Read More

Vladimir Tretchikoff's unique rendition of Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Alicia Markova

10 May 2013

Johannesburg: Dying Swan by Vladimir Tretchikoff, one of the most commercially successful artists of our time, will be sold by leading auction house, Strauss & Co, on 20 May 2013 Read More

Strauss & Co goes Vintage with South African Haute Couture Legend, Chris Levin

29 April 2013

Strauss & Co, in conjunction with the charity Vintage, with Love, are staging an auction of vintage couture from the personal archives of the legendary South African couturier, Chris Levin. Read More

Iconic South African artworks spanning 160 years set to go under the hammer in May

24 April 2013

A striking number of iconic artworks by South Africas foremost artists will lead Strauss & Cos South African and International Art sale at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg on 20 May 2013. Read More

Stern and Kibel confirm the strength of the South African art market

5 February 2013

Strauss & Co realised a staggering R46 million at last nights Cape Town auction. Read More

Chairman's Report 2012

14 January 2013

Our fourth year in operation is now behind us and it gives me great pleasure to announce that we continue to do very well. Read More

Contemporary Jewellery by Design Maestro Erich Frey For Sale At Strauss & Co

10 January 2013

Contemporary jewellery is very much in vogue as traditions are being challenged.More than ever, jewellers, designers and collectors are coming together to create interesting pieces through a combination of craftsmanship, creativity and patronage. Highlighting the jewellery session of Strauss & Cos forthcoming auction which takes place in Cape Town on the 4 February 2013, are 44 lots from the personal collection of Pretoria-based German Jeweller, the late Erich Frey. Read More

Cape Furniture From The Collection Of Dr Bothma Buitendag, For Sale At Strauss & Co

3 January 2013

Strauss & Co is privileged to have been entrusted with the sale of Cape Furniture from the Collection of Dr Bothma Buitendag which will go under the hammer in Cape Town on Monday 4 February 2013. Read More

Impact of Modernism Demonstrated in Seminal Painting

3 January 2013

This exceptional painting by one of South Africas most sought-after artists is made all the more rare by the fact that Wolf Kibels career was cut short in 1938 due to ill health. Like Pinkers "Castagniers", estimated at R30 000 40 000 and finally sold for R105 830 after fierce bidding at Strauss & Cos October 2010 sale, this is a key work in South African art history and belongs in a major public or serious private collection. Read More

Large Battiss Combines Sensuality and Virtuosity

1 January 2013

Walter Battiss is increasingly garnering positive critical acclaim as South Africans become aware of the extent of his practise and influence. While he mastered many media from print-making to performance, his paintings are generally of a modest scale. Read More

Rare Siopis at Auction

1 January 2013

"Africana" is related in content and structure to two important works also created in 1990 and now in major public collections. Read More

Early Naude' Captures Charms of a Bygone Era at the Cape

1 January 2013

Cape Kitchen Interior is a delightful painting extolling the charms of simple domestic life in the Cape during the late nineteenth century. Its subject and style are derived from Dutch seventeenth-century genre paintings via the noted painter Franz von Lenbach, under whom Naud studied in Munich from 1890 to 1894 and whose style was influenced by Rembrandt Read More

Van Wouw Skill Shines in Early Italian cast

1 January 2013

Anton van Wouws Miner with a Hand Drill, dated 1911, is a rare and remarkable example of his best sculpture. Few castings exist of this large bronze measuring 60 centimetres in height as, even in Van Wouws lifetime, its price was exceptionally high, according to Professor Dr Alexander Duffey.(i) No other bronze by Van Wouw has excited so much interest at auction since Strauss & Co achieved R2 228 000 in March 2010 for the sculptors Bad News cast at the G. Massa Foundry in Rome. Read More

Gem of a Painting evokes Malay Quarter

1 January 2013

We know that Wenning painted this charming scene between 16th and 28th July 1917. In correspondence between the artist and D C Boonzaier dated 28 July 1917, the latter indicated that since Wenning had moved into his new room in the city twelve days previously, he had produced two small paintings of the Malay quarter of which this is one. (i) Read More

One of Stern's Most Compelling Portraits

1 January 2013

Malay Girl is a superb painting, confirming Irma Sterns unparalleled stature as an artist. The South African auction world has seen no comparable portrait since Strauss & Co sold Sterns Arab in June 2012 for R17 267 000. Painted in 1938, Malay Girl contains all the elements of her finest works. Read More

"Dis 'n genot van die hart" se Laubser

1 January 2013

"Portrait of a Girl with Geese" is one of the loveliest paintings by Maggie Laubser to have come onto the market in many years. Not only is it an excellent example of her early and much sought-after works but it has an impeccable provenance. It was acquired by Professor Pieter van Braam, Professor of Classics at Stellenbosch University, from the 1930 exhibition organised by the Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurverenigings in Stellenbosch and has been in the same family for several generations. Read More

Millions for minors, miners and minions on Strauss Summer Auction

3 December 2012

One of Irma Sterns most compelling portraits ever to come to the market will be offered at Strauss & Cos upcoming auction to be held on 4 February at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands. Malay Girl, painted in 1938 and estimated to fetch between R10 000 000 15 000 000, provides extraordinary insights into the curious life of a child. The girl looks directly at the viewer, engaging us in a way that is neither challenging nor retiring. She meets the viewers gaze on equal terms. Rather than infantilising the child, the artist has provided a portrait of a thoughtful individual. Read More

Whether stealing or selling SA, Art spells out millions

12 November 2012

The South African public has been left aghast at the value of work stolen from the Pretoria Art Museum only to be followed the next day by record prices paid for paintings by Alexis Preller and Walter Battiss amongst others which ran into millions of rands at a Strauss & Cos auction in Johannesburg. Read More

Rare Early Maggie Laubser Paintings found for Strauss Summer Auction

12 November 2012

The discovery of two exceptional paintings by Maggie Laubser, one out of the public eye for 80 years, is creating great interest amongst art lovers and collectors in anticipation of Strauss & Cos upcoming auction to be held at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, on 4 February 2013. Read More

Strauss & Co's Keerweder triumph

25 October 2012

The entire contents of Keerweder, regarded as one of the finest monuments in the entire Franschhoek Valley by acclaimed author and art historian Dr Hans Fransen, went under the hammer on Monday evening, 22 October. Read More

Pricey Prellers prevail

24 October 2012

The timelessness of Alexis Prellers iconography has been unequivocally demonstrated through the prices in excess of two million rand achieved by Strauss & Co in 2010. To the delight of collectors of top quality South African art, a feast of Alexis Preller works are being offered at the companys forthcoming auction in Johannesburg which takes place on Monday 12 November 2012. Read More

Museum quality works for sale at Strauss & Co

24 October 2012

The final sale of Strauss & Companys 2012 auction calendar is set for 12 November 2012. Comprising 237 items across the full spectrum of South African art there promises to be something for everyone, it is however the number of museum quality works that is sure to draw the buyers in. Read More

Pieter Hugo - A personal vision of the pioneering spirit of man

24 October 2012

For the first time in South African auction history a seminal work by well-known South African photographer Pieter Hugo is coming under the hammer at Strauss & Companys 12 November auction at the Johannesburg Country Club in Woodmead. Read More

Lucas Sithole's 'Young Girl'

24 October 2012

Lucas Sithole has proven highly collectable at recent auctions. A record result just shy of a million rand was achieved for Strauss & Companys 5 May 2011 auction in Johannesburg subsequent auctions have built on this result and pieces coming up at auctions have been eagerly snapped up by local collectors. Read More

Robert Hodgins - People Watcher with a wicked sense of humour

24 October 2012

Following the world record set in June, Strauss & Company are delighted to be offering a number of works by Robert Hodgins in the November auction. Read More

Rock Art and its lasting influence on JH Pierneef and Walter Battiss

24 October 2012

Studies of San rock art has had a profound and lasting effect on many South Africas artists not the least of which were JH Pierneef and Walter Battiss. Read More

The allure of the landscape - Adolph Jentsch and the panoramas of Namibia

24 October 2012

Strauss & Co will be offering two rare oils by acclaimed Namibian landscape painter, Adolph Jentsch, in the 12 November auction in Johannesburg. Read More

Museum quality artwork in Strauss & Co's November auction

11 October 2012

The final sale of Strauss & Companys 2012 auction calendar is set for 12 November 2012. Comprising 237 items across the full spectrum of South African art there promises to be something for everyone, it is however the number of museum quality works that is sure to draw the buyers in. Read More

Keerweder - A Whale of a Sale, by Patrick Chapman

9 October 2012

If you are looking for an excuse for a lovely day in the country in this case, Franschhoek and a chance to see a magnificent house with the contents arranged as though the owners have just popped out for a minute, go to Keerweder on Friday 19 October or the following two days. You can park in the area just round the corner from the Huguenot museum, whence a Citi Hopper will whisk you to the homestead itself. Viewing is 10am to 5pm each day and the sale, conducted by Strauss & Company, (tel. 021 683 6500) is on Monday 22nd. Read More

Art session proves no recession

6 October 2012

Strauss & Co: At yesterdays Strauss & Co auction which took place at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, the extraordinary results totalling in excess of R37 million proved that the best art, decorative arts and jewellery are in great demand. Bidders competed actively for desirable items which were from private collections, fresh to the market and rarely seen at auction. Read More

Surprisingly good value at Strauss & Cos Cape Town auction

22 September 2012

A wide range of fine and decorative arts, furniture and jewellery will have punters spoilt for choice at Strauss & Cos upcoming auction to be held at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, on 8 October 2012. Read More

House Sale in Franschhoek, The Contents of Keerweder:Own a piece of history

15 September 2012

Strauss & Co is delighted to have been entrusted with the sale of the contents of Keerweder the handsome Cape Dutch homestead on one of the oldest farms in Franschhoek, situated at the foot of the Franschhoek mountains against a backdrop of orchards, rolling vines and English rose gardens. Read More

Fusing British and South African Landscape Traditions

15 September 2012

Stanley Pinker lived between London and Nice from 1952 until 1964 when he returned to Cape Town. 'The Dam at Eenzaamheid', Longkloof would have been produced relatively soon after his return. Interestingly it bears a strong resemblance to the Romantic landscapes favoured by early twentieth-century British landscape painters such as Graham Sutherland, John Piper and Paul Nash with their predilection for autumnal tones, organic forms, scarred earth and occasional architectural ruins, employing Surrealist overtones or Gothic drama to evoke post-war experiences. Read More

Distinctive Kentridge Drawing

6 September 2012

William Kentridge is one of South Africas most globally renowned artists but unique works such as this seldom come up at auction. Its bold colour, its powerful form and its substantial size give this early mixed media work its great impact. Within the drawn contours of a supine head, a map of Africa in a coral colour appears to be riven with golden seams where the paper has been carefully torn. Read More

Kentridge's Sleeper a unique working proof

6 September 2012

This large reclining male figure has its origin in Ubu Tells the Truth, a portfolio of 8 etchings produced in 1996-7 and the theatre production Ubu & the Truth Commission, which premiered in Weimar, Germany, launching an international tour that culminated in 1998 at Spier in Stellenbosch. Read More

Sparkling Singer's jewellery to be auctioned

6 September 2012

Born to a Jewish family in Durban, Vivienne Linder, nee Adley was educated at the Maris Stella Convent before continuing her singing and drama training at the University of Natal Durban, where she spent the next three years under the watchful eye of Elizabeth Sneddon. In 1957, having completed her degree, she continued at the Webber-Douglas School of Singing and Dramatic Art in London, where she was one of the debutantes presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace in the summer of 1958. Read More

Parisian painting brings the fifties to life

6 September 2012

Erik Laubscher studied under Maurice van Essche at the Continental School of Art in Cape Town in 1946 and 1947. His studies at the Anglo-French Art Centre in London in the following two years exposed him to respected artists who were pushing the boundaries of modernist art, but it was the period he spent in Paris at the Acadmie Montmartre, from 1950 to 1951 under Fernand Lger, which had the greatest impact on the development of his painting style. Both favoured bright primary colours and strong lines that defined forms or even operated quite independently of form. Read More

The Golden Age of Maria van Riebeeck

6 August 2012

"Dreams and Nightmares of M. de la Q., #2", is one of a series of four paintings which Helmut Starcke dedicated to the woman behind the Governor of the Cape, Maria van Riebeeck, ne De la Quellerie. It forms part of a larger body of work in which the artists stated intention was to reclaim something of the drama of the confluence of art and history in the seventeenth century by contrasting the opulence of the Golden Age of Dutch art with the paucity of the colonial visual record of life at the Cape. It will be offered for sale on Monday 22 October 2012,at Keerweder, in Franschhoek. Read More

Seminal painting links African and Western traditions

5 August 2012

An important part of the art of Walter Battiss is a confluence of specific African and Western pictorial traditions. The Western bequest was passed on to him by local art institutions modelled on European establishments. His African heritage is the bounty of his own research.1 Read More

Pick of the crop

1 July 2012

Irma Stern produced a number of paintings of harvest scenes in the 1960s which Neville Dubow has described as lyrical figures-in-landscape compositions, loosely knit yet held together by sweeping rhythms that bind earth, workers and sky.(1) We know that she visited Europe in 1961 and painted in Spain. Its quite possible that Tomato Pickers was painted there as the harvesters wear the same loose-robed dresses and yellow sun hats as seen in Siesta, also painted in 1961. (2) Read More

SA Art Rocks

11 June 2012

Johannesburg: At Strauss & Co's Important South African Paintings auction held this evening at the Country Club in Woodmead, a major portrait by celebrated artist Irma Stern sold for a startling R17 267 000, the second highest price ever achieved for a painting sold at auction in South Africa (the highest price was achieved last year when Strauss & Co sold Two Arabs also by Stern for R21 166 000). Read More

Portrait reflects Sterns joy at discovering new worlds

29 May 2012

Irma Stern has captured the attention of art lovers and serious buyers alike with her paintings achieving phenomenal prices, including the highest price ever paid for any work of art at auction in South Africa when the painting, Two Arabs, was sold by Strauss & Co for R21 166 000 in September 2011. Arab, also painted in 1939, comes up at Strauss & Cos 11 June 2012 auction in Johannesburg. Read More

Strauss & Co, a force to be reckoned with

22 May 2012

Strauss & Cos Paintings Department, headed by leading art expert and auctioneer Stephan Welz, features handpicked professionals, whose tenure and experience is difficult to match. Read More

'Stern's Arab Spring' at Strauss & Co Continues

20 April 2012

Irma Sterns studies of Arabs have caused so much of an uproar in the South African art market that they can be likened to an Arab Spring with Strauss & Co playing no small role in this. Irma Sterns Arab (R7 000 000 9 000 000), painted on the artists first visit to Zanzibar in 1939, is attracting considerable interest given Strauss & Cos record-breaking sale last year of Irma Sterns Two Arabs for R21 166 000, the highest price ever achieved for any painting at auction in South Africa. Read More

The most distinguished Arab at Strauss & Co's June auction

22 March 2012

Following the record-breaking sale last year of Irma Sterns Two Arabs for R21 166 000, the highest price ever achieved for a painting in South Africa, Strauss & Cos 11 June auction in Johannesburg will feature another extraordinary painting from this celebrated artist. Read More

Strauss & Co's distinguished Zanzibari Arab

9 March 2012

Following the record breaking sale last year of Irma Stern's Two Arabs, Strauss & Co previews its June sale of South African and International Art by announcing this star lot by Irma Stern from her celebrated Zanzibari series. Read More

Free valuations at Strauss & Co, Johannesburg

22 February 2012

Strauss & Co, the global leader in the South African art auction market, is offering valuations on works of art. Senior Art Specialist, Emma Bedford, will be in Strauss & Cos Houghton offices on 6 and 7 March to provide valuations and advice to collectors and source works of art for upcoming auctions. Read More

Suited for Power at Strauss & Co

22 February 2012

All eyes are on Robert Hodgins A Gentleman from Mexico coming up at Strauss & Cos next auction of important South African and international art to be held at the Country Club Johannesburg at Woodmead on 11 June 2012. Read More

Heart surgeon's collection steals collectors' hearts

9 February 2012

Strauss & Co, Cape Town, 6 February 2012: the celebrated collection of glass, Chinese works of art, ceramics and Japanese Cloisonne' assembled by the late Professor Walter Beck sold this week by leading auction house Strauss & Co for R1,5 million, 50% more than anticipated. Read More

Girl in sunglasses reveals herself!

31 January 2012

Stanley Pinkers Girl in Sunglasses, estimated at R300 000 500 000, on Strauss & Cos upcoming auction to be held at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, on 6 February 2012, has been revealed as Anna Starcke, prize-winning journalist, author, publisher and political risk and transformation consultant to business leaders over the past 30 years Read More

Chairman's Report 2011

1 December 2011

Strauss & Co, the worldwide market leader for South African art: We celebrate the closure of the year with an annual total of R170 million, over 90% of the total achieved in 2010 - which was a boom year for the art market - and double the total achieved in 2009. Read More

Art and Glass Sparkle at Strauss & Cos Cape Town Auction in February

1 December 2011

A dazzling array of art and glass are offered at Strauss & Cos upcoming auction to be held at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, on 6 February 2012. Read More

South African art records continue to be broken

7 November 2011

At an auction by Strauss & Co last night several new South African art auction records were established despite the weaker art market. Read More

Gerard Sekoto at the Pinnacle of his Career

15 October 2011

Three major works by Gerard Sekoto feature on Strauss & Co's upcoming auction on 7 November 2011 at the Country Club Johannesburg in Woodmead. Sekoto's international status as a major African artist is affirmed by Dr Christine Mullen Kreamer, Deputy Director & Chief Curator, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution: Gerard Sekoto is a very important figure in the art history of African modernism. He sensitively portrays the dignity of daily life in black communities in paintings rich with color and infused with a light that seems to glow from within. His works suggest a sense of calm, despite the challenges that this artist must have endured under apartheid. His international reputation was hard-fought and justly earned. Read More

Will tallest Sithole break new auction records?

14 October 2011

Lucas Sithole's Charging Afrikander set the auction room alight at Strauss & Co's May sale when fierce bidding drove the price way above the estimates of R300 000 – 500 000 to achieve a record of R946 900. Read More

Strauss continues to set new South African art records

26 September 2011

Strauss & Co, Cape Town: An Irma Stern of Two Arabs last night set a new record for a work of art in South Africa when it sold in Cape Town for R21 166 000. The sale which totalled over R50 million set several new South African art auction records. Read More

Stunning Stern comes to the market

29 August 2011

The star of the show in Strauss & Co's September 2011 auction in Cape Town is Two Arabs by Irma Stern. This painting is one of the highlights from a group of works painted by Irma Stern in Zanzibar in 1939 where she spent four months. It ranks equally with two major Sterns recently sold at auction, Arab Priest, which achieved R33 411 915 and Bahora Girl, which sold for R26 062 159. Read More

Stunning Stern leads the field at Strauss & Co's Cape Town auction in September

23 August 2011

Irma Stern's Two Arabs (R20 000 000 – 25 000 000) is certainly the most important painting to be offered at auction in South Africa over the past decade and will no doubt create a great deal of excitement amongst collectors at Strauss & Co's upcoming auction to be held at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, on 26 September 2011. Read More

Over R718 000 raised for art bursaries at Michaelis

21 July 2011

Cape Town: This week the Michaelis School of Fine Art hosted its much anticipated Alumni and Staff Auction in aid of bursaries and scholarships at the school. Stephan Welz, Managing Director of Strauss & Co. and his team auctioned ninety lots of work by prestigious and emerging artists, raising a substantial sum which the school will use to establish a fund to support talented and needy students with their studies. Read More

ALUMNI AND STAFF EXHIBITION and AUCTION Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town

5 July 2011

An exhibition and auction of artworks by prominent alumni from the Michaelis School of Fine Art - in aid of bursaries and scholarships at the school - From the 12 to 20 July 2011 the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, will host a fundraising exhibition and auction of work of its prestigious alumni and staff, in aid of bursaries and scholarships at the school, Hiddingh Campus, 37 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town. Read More

Greater Strength and Variety in the Art Market

20 May 2011

JOHANNESBURG: Strauss & Co's auction held on Monday 16 May reinforced the strength of the current art market when a capacity audience bid enthusiastically on key art pieces realising a total of R37 902 555. Read More

Lost painting by Stern recalls one of South Africa's greatest musicians

10 May 2011

The publicity we have put out for this remarkable painting by Irma Stern has elicited response enabling us to identify the sitter – a distinguished, if not one of the greatest South African musicians ever. Read More

Good Value in Quality Art at Strauss & Co

14 April 2011

Strauss & Co's upcoming auction at the Johannesburg Country Club, Woodmead, on 16 May has many highlights and some surprises. Reflecting on recent trends, Stephan Welz, Strauss & Co's esteemed auctioneer, anticipates an impending and necessary shift of emphasis in the South African art market. Read More

Pieter Wenning, an underrated artist

13 April 2011

The paintings of Pieter Wenning, a grossly underrated artist in the opinion of Stephan Welz, are exciting much interest amongst art collectors with At Claremont, CP having sold for R1 782 400 at Strauss & Co's March 2011 sale in Cape Town, establishing a new record for the artist. Read More

Flower name raises over half a million

1 April 2011

The Mount Nelson, Cape Town: Last night at a charity auction conducted by Stephan Welz, Managing Director of Strauss & Co on behalf of WWF, the opportunity of naming a new found species of iris raised R550 000. Read More

Art beats JSE Index

16 March 2011

Cape Town: At Strauss & Co's first auction of the year held last week, showcasing some of the best that South African art has to offer, a total of R50 815 000 was achieved, the second highest total in the company's third year of operation. Three new records were secured: JH Pierneef, Pieter Wenning and Cape silver. Read More

An expensive cup of coffee

8 March 2011

A Cape Silver coffee pot by an unknown 18th century Cape silversmith with the initials HNS last night sold for R512 400. Read More

Two Early Cape Paintings

3 February 2011

Two remarkable paintings by Pieter Wenning (1873-1921) coming up at Strauss & Co's next auction on 7 March, offer intriguing views of early Cape Town. Read More

Two milestones in South African Art back under the hammer

28 January 2011

Two paintings which previously shook the South African art market are to be offered for sale at auction again in March. Read More

Collectors spoilt for choice at Strauss & Co's Cape Town auction in March

21 January 2011

While Irma Stern still holds the record for the highest price ever paid for a South African painting on home soil, achieved when her Gladioli sold for R13 368 000 at Strauss & Co's October 2010 auction, two paintings are competing for the top honours at Strauss & Co's March 2011 auction. Read More

Alexis Preller's Gold Kouros Shines at Strauss & Co

7 January 2011

Strauss & Co, Cape Town: On 7 March 2011 a fine example of a Gold Kouros by Alexis Preller from the Collection of Coba and Hennie Diedericks will be offered for sale at auction along with a selection of highly important works by celebrated South African artists including Irma Stern and Maggie Laubser Read More

Pick of the crop

9 December 2010

Lemon Pickers is one of the most exciting Irma Stern paintings to come to the market in recent years. Of exceptional quality, it is a very early work, painted in 1928, confirming Stern as a unique and pioneering artist amongst her peers. Read More

Chairman's Review 2010

1 December 2010

Our quest for good service and excellence has remained a daily commitment, which requires hard work and dedication on the part of our team headed by Stephan Welz. The result has been that 2010 has exceeded all expectations in terms of turnover, records achieved and the quality of consignments which we have had the privilege of handling. Read More

Voorsitters Oorsig

1 December 2010

Ons strewe na goeie diens en uitnemendheid bly 'n daaglikse verbintenis wat harde werk en toewyding verg van ons span onder leiding van Stephan Welz. Die gevolg is dat die jaar 2010 alle verwagtinge oortref het ten opsigte van omset, die behaling van rekords en die gehalte van besendings wat ons bevoorreg was om te hanteer. Read More

A sparkling array

12 November 2010

Strauss & Co is holding its first dedicated jewellery sale on 22 November 2010 at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands. The sale includes pieces by illustrious names in the world of jewellery including Cartier, Carlo Giuliano, van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston and Bulgari, together with watches by Patek Philippe, Rolex and Jaeger-Le Coultre. Read More

Art market grabs investor's imagination and opens pockets at Strauss & Co Auction

1 November 2010

Over R66 million, the highest total of the year for any South African art auction anywhere in the world, was realised in Johannesburg on 1 November 2010, proving that South African art sells best on home turf. The record total was all the more remarkable given that Strauss & Co charge considerably lower commission, buyer's premium and VAT than their main competitors. Read More

Millions for South African Paintings

19 October 2010

Strauss & Co, the top specialist auction house for South African Fine Art, offers its highest value sale to date with a stellar array of top quality paintings by many of South Africa's most sought-after artists on its 1 November auction at the Johannesburg Country Club, Woodmead. Read More

Strauss & Co set a new record for South African art

18 October 2010

A still life by celebrated artist Irma Stern sold this week for R13 368 000, setting a new record price for a South African painting at auction. The auction conducted by Strauss & Co featured several works which sold for well in excess of R1 million rand each. The sale totalled over R43 million bringing Strauss & Co's total for the year thus far to over R120 million rand confirming the strength of the local art market and Strauss's leading position as auctioneers of South African art. Read More

New record for South African art

11 October 2010

Strauss & Co: Still life by celebrated artist Irma Stern last night sold for R13 368 000, setting a new record price for a South African painting at auction. Read More

Top South African Paintings at Strauss & Co's October Auction

23 September 2010

The top lots coming up on Strauss & Co's 11 October sale at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands are attracting keen attention from prospective buyers. Amongst these, punters are keeping a close watch on Irma Stern's Gladioli (lot 163, R5 000 000 to R7 000 000) after a still life painting by the artist fetched R7 575 200 on the company's Johannesburg auction earlier this year, breaking the record for the highest price achieved at auction for a South African still life. Read More

Pierneef attracts wide interest

31 August 2010

Strauss & Co's spring auctions, on 11th October at the Vineyard Hotel and on 1st November at the Country Club Johannesburg in Woodmead respectively, are set to showcase some of the most exciting examples of top South African art ever to come to auction. Amongst these, are a number of key works by Jacob Hendrik Pierneef that have been treausured in private collections and not been seen publically. Read More

Ruth First and Lilian Ngoyi Celebrated in Artwork at Auction

30 August 2010

Inspirational women activists, Ruth First and Lilian Ngoyi, are immortalised in a fine lithograph by renowned artist Dumile Feni, which is coming up at Strauss & Co's auction to be held at The Country Club Johannesburg in Woodmead on 1 November 2010. Read More

Jewellery Week at Strauss & Co

3 August 2010

Strauss & Co is delighted to host valuation days, lectures and exclusive jewellery appreciation courses in Johannesburg and Cape Town to be conducted by internationally acclaimed jewellery expert, Joanna Hardy. Read More

Another Irma Stern Still Life Poised to Break Auction Records

23 July 2010

Following Strauss and Co's extraordinary success in selling Irma Stern's Still Life with Gladioli and Fruit for R7 575 200, another still life with Gladioli by Stern has come to the market. Painted in 1939, five years after Stern produced the painting that excited so much heated bidding at the Johannesburg auction on 24 May earlier this year, this painting with estimates of R5 000 000 to R7 000 000 is sure to rouse wide interest at Strauss & Co's 11 October sale at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands. Read More

Valuation Day at The Marine, Hermanus

23 July 2010

Stephen Welz, South Africa's leading fine art auctioneer and expert, and Vanessa Phillips, senior furniture, silver and ceramics expert will be in Hermanus at the Marine Hotel on Friday, 30 July from 10:30 to 15:30 to provide confidentail valuations with a view to sell at Strauss & Co. Read More

Stanley Pinker's, The Wheel of Life, 1974, to be offered for sale in Cape Town on 11 October 2010

26 June 2010

The Wheel of Life, a key work by acclaimed South African painter, Stanley Pinker, displays all the signature elements of the artist's vocabulary. Drawing on a profound understanding of art history and engaging with the contradictions of the South African political and environmental landscape, Pinker forges these elements into a witty and eloquent commentary on this country. Read More

Forthcoming Cape Town Auction

25 June 2010

Strauss & Co is gearing up for yet another spectacular sale on 11 October 2010 at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands. Managing Director Stephan Welz's recent visit to Cape Town drew phenomenal responses from eager collectors seeking valuations and wanting to consign valuable items to the next auction. The turnout netted a cache of top works by Irma Stern, J H Pierneef, Maggie Laubser, Stanley Pinker, Cecil Skotnes, Lucky Sibiya, William Kentridge and many more. Read More

Rhodes statue led Welz to success

30 May 2010

Auctioneer Stephan Welz, the head of art auctioneers Strauss & Co, owes his success largely to a visit to Cape Town, where it seemed as if the statue of Cecil John Rhodes in The Gardens, next to the National Gallery, had a message for him: Read More

Four South African Still Lifes sell for R22 million

25 May 2010

Johannesburg: Strauss & Co, South Africa's leading fine art auctioneers, set a new world record for a still life by a South African artist, improving on their own record set last March. (R7 241 000 for Irma Stern's, Magnolias in an Earthenware Pot ). Irma Stern's Still Life with Gladioli and Fruit sold for R7 575 million in Johannesburg last night. This is also a record for a still life by Stern. Read More

Auction of Important South African, British and Continental Paintings and Sculpture

18 May 2010

Strauss & Co, South Africa's premier auction house with Stephan Welz, leading auctioneer and expert at its helm, announces yet another spectacular auction which takes place at the Johannesburg Country Club, Woodmead on 24 May 2010. Read More

Maud Sumner – "a sound investment"

10 May 2010

Maud Sumner, one of South Africa's most underrated artists, makes a fine showing at the forthcoming Strauss & Co auction of Important British, Continental and South African Paintings and Sculpture which takes place on 24 May in Johannesburg. According to Stephan Welz, Managing Director of Strauss & Co, South Africa's leading fine art auction house, "Maud Sumner is an underpriced South African artist whose work makes a sound investment". Read More

Important work by Deborah Bell on auction at Strauss & Co, Johannesburg, 24 May 2010

3 May 2010

Long-time friend and artistic collaborator with Robert Hodgins and William Kentridge on a number of print and film projects, Deborah Bell has developed her own distinctive style that explores the entanglements of histories and cultures by drawing on a diversity of imagery that includes African, Asian, Middle Eastern and European sources. Her approach is less academic than intuitive and imaginative Read More

Artists with a passion for Africa

2 May 2010

A significant number of works by Edoardo Villa, Cecil Skotnes, Sydney Kumalo, Giuseppe Cattaneo and Ezrom Legae have been gathered together for Strauss & Co's 24 May auction in Johannesburg. According to Stephan Welz, South Africa's most reputable fine art auctioneer, "visitors to the preview at The Country Club at Woodmead, will have a rare opportunity to see the works of these artists who as a group and as individuals, have had a marked influence on the development of South African art". Read More

Irma Stern - Still Life with Dahlias and Fruit

25 March 2010

A magnificent Irma Stern painting entitled Still Life with Dahlias and Fruit is one of the many impressive works coming up for auction at Strauss & Co's Johannesburg sale on 24 May 2010. Read More

"Bad News" proves to be good news

16 March 2010

Top South African art continues to boom Cape Town: Strauss & Co, South Africa's leading auction house, last night once again proved the strong demand for premier South African art works setting another six significant new auction records. Read More

Anton Van Wouw - Bad News

8 February 2010

The impact of the South African war, or more specifically, the second Anglo-Boer war (1899 – 1902) was deeply felt amongst South Africans when Van Wouw produced this bronze in 1907. Read More

Jane Alexander - Racework

8 February 2010

Racework – in the event of an earthquake, one of Jane Alexander's most appealing and affecting sculptures, was made in response to Alexander's visit to Tokyo, where she was invited to show the Bom Boys on the exhibition, Africa Africa at the Tobu Museum of Art in late 1998. Identical to each other, the Racework figures make reference to preconceived ideas about difference, exoticism, and stereotypes based on visual markers, and with that, assumptions, discrimination and prejudice based on appearance. Read More

Edith Dodo Estate Collection

1 February 2010

Edith Dodo 1923 – 2009 Edith Dodo, née Azgour, was born in Cairo where her father was a perfumier. They relocated to Paris where Edith went to school and was introduced to a world of art, design and fashion that was to leave a lasting impression on her. When Edith was fifteen the family immigrated to South Africa and settled in Johannesburg where she completed her schooling before going on to the Johannesburg Art School. Read More

The Icon Project

5 December 2009

Forthcoming Auction in Cape Town: Monday 15 March 2010 Important South African Paintings, Furniture, Silver, Ceramics and Jewellery INCLUDING A COLLECTION OF WORKS BY WILLIAM TIMLIN AND THE EDITH DODO COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS Read More

Strauss & Co. breaks R 100 million – now South Africa's leading art auction house

2 December 2009

Following statistics released recently by Art Vault, Strauss & Co, South Africa's premier art auction house under Stephan Welz's leadership, is at the helm of the South African paintings auction market ahead of the London auction house Bonhams and Welz's previous company Swelco. Read More

Blue chip art auction house at the helm of the market in its first year of operation.

13 October 2009

Strauss & Co's Cape Town inaugural auction of Highly Important Paintings, Furniture, Silver and Ceramics including the Leslie Milner Collection held on 8 October 2009 at the prestigious Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, realised a remarkable R39 million, bringing the turnover for the auction house in its first year of operation to more than R100 million and thereby placing Strauss & Co. firmly at the helm of the South African art market. The Leslie Milner Collection of South African Paintings alone totalled R4.5 million. With an 89.63% sold rate, several new world records were also achieved for works by Wolf Kibel, Stanley Pinker, Johannes Meintjes, Fanie Eloff, Gerard de Leeuw, May Hillhouse and Jean Welz, amongst others. Read More

Millions paid for South African Art & Antiques

8 October 2009

If the price of art and antiques is anything to go by, South Africa is fast coming out of it's recession. Read More

Internationally acknowledged art expert joins South Africa's leading Fine Art Auction House

1 October 2009

Strauss & Co is extremely proud to announce the appointment of Emma Bedford as Paintings Specialist starting from 1 November 2009. Although she will be based in the Cape Town office, she will liaise on a regular basis between Johannesburg and Cape Town. According to Stephan Welz, Managing Director of Strauss & Co, it is not often that someone of Bedford's calibre becomes available. Highly regarded both locally and internationally, Bedford played an unequalled role as a Curator at Iziko South African National Gallery and as Director of Goodman Gallery Cape. She is an acknowledged expert in modern and contemporary art with particular reference to South African art, has extensive experience in curating exhibitions and collections management, has written and edited many publications and is a popular public speaker. Read More

South African Auction confirms strengths in the art market

11 September 2009

Johannesburg: Strauss & Co's auction held this week at the Johannesburg Country Club in Woodmead confirms certain strengths in the art market and that South Africa is the place to buy South African art. Read More

Arresting 18th century Cape Buffet, a welcome surprise for collectors

10 September 2009

A highly important mid-18th century Cape coromandel buffet with silver mounts by Johannes Casparus Lotter is to be offered for sale by Strauss & Co. in their inaugural Cape Town auction on 8 October 2009. Read More

Powerful study of an Athleteby Fanie Eloff

10 September 2009

In Strauss & Co's upcoming inaugural Cape Town auction which takes place on 8 October 2009, a powerful study of an athlete balancing on his hands by Fanie Eloff is featured. Read More

Important British, Continental and South African Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture - Edoardo Villa

15 August 2009

Edoardo Villa is one of South Africa's most enigmatic sculptors who, in both in style and personality, indelibly stamped his African Vision onto his works and into our consciousness over a period of more than 50 years. The thirteen Villas in the Strauss & Co. upcoming sale are remarkable in that they represent a range of stylistic diversity and evolution not usually seen except in a specifically curated exhibition. Read More

Strauss & Co. presents a bigger all embracing auction of South African Art

15 August 2009

Spring Auction in Johannesburg, Monday 7 September 2009, Important British, Continental and South African Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture, Country Club, Johannesburg, Woodmead Read More

Post Sale Press Release - Inaugural Auction of Important South African Paintings Watercolours and Sculpture

9 March 2009

The old adage that "a work of art sells best in its country of origin" was proved at the first auction of Important South African Paintings, Watercolours and Sculpture conducted by Strauss & Co in Johannesburg last night. Read More

South Africa's best-known painting to be auctioned

24 February 2009

Probably the best-known South African painting in the world, Frans Oerder's still-life Magnolias, is to be auctioned in Johannesburg on the 9th of March by South Africa's dynamic new auction house – Strauss & Co. Read More