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"Bad News" proves to be good news

  16 March 2010     Archived

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.


  • Anton van Wouw: R2 228 000
  • Bad News (Slegte Nuus)
  • signed and inscribed ‘SA Joh-burg 1907’ and ‘FOUNDRY G. MASSA. ROMA’
  • bronze, good brown patination
  • height: 32,5cm
    • Record for Anton van Wouw
    • Record for a South African Sculpture




  • Walter Battiss: R1 336 800
  • Bathers
  • signed, oil on canvas, 60 by 101
    • Record for Walter Battiss



  • Stanley Pinker: R946 900
  • Night
  • signed, inscribed on the reverse with the title, artist’s name and address, oil on canvas,
  • 151 by 92cm
    • Record for Stanley Pinker

  • Cecil Skotnes: R1 225 400
  • African still-life
  • signed, carved, painted and incised wood panel, 121,5 by 124cm
    • Record for Cecil Skotnes



  • Jane Alexander: R1 058 300
  • Racework – in the event of an earthquake
  • signed with artist’s initials and dated 99, fibreglass, acrylic paint, synthetic clay, found objects, cotton velvet, synthetic hair, clothing
    • Record for Jane Alexander

The sale totalled just over R33 million. Over 300 people attended the auction, reflecting the interest shown in this major fine art auction.