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An expensive cup of coffee

  8 March 2011     Archived

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

This was followed closely by a Cape silver sugar basket by the same silversmith which sold for R490 160. The two pieces realised over R1 million. These are the two most expensive pieces of Cape silver ever sold. Both pieces more than doubled the previous highest price paid for a piece of South African silver. They were sold on Monday night at an auction held in Cape Town by South Africa’s premier fine art auction house Strauss & Co. These pieces were held in the Du Plessis family for six generations, having been first acquired in the 1780s. Both pieces featured on South African postage stamps issued in November 1985.

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