20 May 2013 Archived
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.
The work titled The Last Supper realised Strauss & Co’s hoped for dream this evening. The panels sold to a private collector who plans to make the work available to a public institution. The pre-sale estimate of R300 000 – 400 000 was overshot by the final price realised of R1 818 880. The work is to be sent to a conservator where it will be restored to its original glory before taking pride of place in the soon to be named museum. The proceeds from the sale are to go to an educational trust.
The auction which took place at Strauss & Co’s new auction venue at the Wanderers Club in Illovo realised just over R47 000 000 with the highest price of just below R6 000 000 for an extensive landscape by JH Pierneef.
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About Strauss & Co
Strauss & Co is South Africa’s leading fine art auction house and the global leader in the South African art market. With an average turnover per annum in excess of R155 million, Strauss & Co has sold 9, of the 10, most expensive paintings ever auctioned in South Africa. Strauss & Co also holds numerous artists’ records including Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Anton van Wouw, Walter Battiss, Wolf Kibel and Ezrom Legae, amongst others. Strauss & Co is a name and place that speaks of exceptional art, unequalled service and expertise, as well as prestige and glamour. Founded in 2009 by Captains of Industry, Elisabeth Bradley and Dr Conrad Strauss, and art doyen Stephan Welz, Strauss & Co has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions in South Africa and beyond, providing a popular showcase for the unique and the desirable. Strauss & Co holds four to five auctions annually encompassing all areas of fine art, decorative arts and jewellery. Estimates range from R2000 to over R20 million. Strauss & Co also handles private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on paintings. Strauss & Co has offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town in the prestigious suburbs of Houghton and Newlands respectively.