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Over R718 000 raised for art bursaries at Michaelis

  21 July 2011     Archived

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.

This was the first time that the school hosted an auction of this magnitude, with work generously donated by lecturers and former graduates. The generosity of the artists and the bidders together made for an extraordinary and exciting evening, with many lots achieving well above the catalogue.

The excitement in the room was palpable, especially when the top lots came up. Not surprisingly, Jane Alexander’s painted bronze sculpture fetched the top price but the room burst into applause when it was knocked down at R120 000, well beyond its estimates of R40 000 – 60 000. David Brown’s bronze achieved R70 000 and Marlene Dumas’s print, United Europe, R50 000.

Whilst collectors and buyers raised their paddles in aid of the scholarship fund, an enthusiastic crowd watched, enjoying the wine sponsored by Solms-Delta.

Stephen Inggs, Director of the School, commented on how gratifying it was that alumni had given so generously towards raising funds for bursaries and scholarships to benefit future generations of students. Strauss & Co. was congratulated for making the auction such a success, and for their willingness to donate their time and services to this worthy cause.

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Lot 48
Jane Alexander
It is far preferable to fly when your knees and elbows ache, 2011 Oil painted bronze
Series: 1/5
27.5 x 25.5 x 5.5 cm
R120 000

Lot 47
Jane Alexander
Attendant, 2011
Pigment print on cotton paper
Edition : 100 at 45 x 28cm, 10 at 90 x 56 cm, 45 x 28 cm
R34 000

Lot 67
David Brown
The Butcher from the series 11 Deadly Sinners, 2009
Bronze cast
Edition: 5/6
50 x 43 x 20 cm
R 70 000

Lot 26
Marlene Dumas
United Europe, 2005
Piezograph, printed by
B. Ruygrok, Amsterdam
Edition: this work 7/20 AP, total edition: 75, 37 x 28 cm
R 50 000

Lot 16
Penny Siopis
Siestog, 2003 Spitbite, sugarlift, aquatint, burnishing, scraping and monoprint
69 x 99 cm
R 30 000

Lot 49
Brendhan Dickerson
Zumazela, 2010 Bronze
40 x 98 x 20 cm
R 30 000

Lot 42
Mikhael Subotzky
Corridor, D2 Section, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, 2004
Pigment ink o n cotton rag paper
R 24 000

Lot 4
Jake Aikman
Cold Front (With Man ), 2011
Oil on canvas
47 x 47 cm
R 22 000

Lot 11
Christine Dixie
The Binding: Bind, 2009
Etching and collograph
Edition: 10
197 x 125 cm
R 22 000

Lot 24
Stephen Inggs
Fence I, 2005
Hand-painted silver gelatin emulsion on paper
120 x 107cm
R 22 000