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Record price for "kitchen boy" painting

  2 June 2015     Archived

A painting by the celebrated larger than life artist and chef, Braam Kruger, popularly known as "kitchen boy" depicting himself and his erstwhile girlfriend the actress Grethe Fox as Justice, as well as Adam and Eve after The Fall in the nude, last night was sold by Strauss & Co in Johannesburg for R204 624, setting a new record for the artist. Kruger, who died in 2008, for many years presented a popular cooking program on television.

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Braam J. Kruger - Altarpiece, comprising five panels

The sale totalled R48 million with five lots selling over R1 million and three lots over R3 million. The success of the sale once again proves the strength of the South African art market. The sell-through rate both by lot and by value exceeded 82% firmly establishing Strauss & Co as the most successful auction house for South African art.

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