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Sotheby's Auction Johannesburg 
31 May 2004

by Andries Loots

STEPHAN WELZ & CO.
In Association With
SOTHEBY'S

The first Johannesburg Sotheby's Fine Art sale, comprising of 621 lots,  took place on the 31st May 2004.

During the recent Cape Town Auction in April 2004 there was a marked shift in the demand for the work by certain artists whose work usually fetch high prices. Works by artists like Battiss, Rose-Innes and Adriaan Boshoff, George Pemba and contemporary works by Norman Catherine and Willie Bester were in high demand resulting in high prices.

After a disappointing first session, mainly due to lower quality works and an inexperienced auctioneer, the second session more than made up with record attendance and prices. Fine examples of work by 
Preller, Pierneef, Boshoff, Battiss, Oerder, McCaw, Rose-Innes, Pemba and Gregoire Boonzaier as well as contemporary work by William Kentridge, Norman Catherine, Robert Hodgins, Karl Nel and Willie Bester sold for record prices.

A few South African painting highlights :

Lot 481
J.H. Pierneef
estimate R 80 000-120 000
Hammer R160 000
Lot 517
William Kentridge
estimate R 60 000-80 000
Hammer R180 000
   

Lot 518
Irma Stern
estimate R 750 000-950 000
not sold

Lot 520
Simon Lekgetho
estimate R 6 000-8 000
Hammer R40 000

    
Lot 524
Alexis Preller
estimate R 90 000-120 000
Hammer R150 000
Lot 545
Adriaan Boshoff
estimate R 25 000-35 000
Hammer R45 000
    
Lot 551
Rose-Innes
estimate R 30 000-40 000 
Hammer R95 000
Lot 552
Karel Nel
estimate R 50 000-70 000 
Hammer R110 000
   
Lot 592
Norman Catherine
estimate R 25 000-35 000 
Hammer R30 000
Lot 596
Robert Hodgins
estimate R 50 000-80 000
Hammer R80 000
   
Lot 597
George Pemba
estimate R 40 000-60 000 
Hammer R110 000
Lot 602
Frans Oerder
estimate R 50 000-70 000 
Hammer R320 000
 
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