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Strauss & Co, a force to be reckoned with

  22 May 2012     Archived

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

They work in tandem to source the most compelling works for their high-profile auctions and endeavour to deliver strong returns to sellers. Their hard work and passion have attracted buyers from South Africa and abroad to their sales and have resulted in record prices and historic sales. These include, amongst others, Two Arabs, by Irma Stern, which sold for R21 million in September last year and is the most expensive painting ever sold in South Africa. Two respected and well known faces from the South African art scene, Phillippa Duncan and Ruarc Peffers, have recently joined the company as Senior Paintings Specialists. They will be based in the Johannesburg office. (Ann Palmer, Cape Town Department Head and Emma Bedford, Senior Specialist, are based in the Cape Town office).

Duncan and Peffers bring with them a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise. Both Michaelis BA Fine Art graduates, and trained auctioneers, Peffers and Duncan headed the Paintings Department, during their time at Stephan Welz & Co. (the company founded by Stephan Welz and subsequently sold). Prior to joining Strauss & Co, Peffers, obtained an MSc in Curatorial Studies and Art Criticism from the University of Edinburgh, worked at the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) and more recently, represented Blank Projects, a Cape Town based project space at the Super Market Art Fair in Stockholm.

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