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South African Art At Auction Locally and abroad !
Andries Loots -  Week of 18 Oct. 1999

I was privileged to attend the following auctions of South African art over the last two months.

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Friday 17 September 1999 saw an auction at Christie's London which included a significant section of South African Painting and Sculpture.

The auction, " Exploration and Travel "  included works by :

Frededick I'Ons ( 1802 - 1887 )
Thomas Baines ( 1820 -1875 )
J.H. Pierneef ( 1886 - 1957 )
Adolph Stephanus Jentsch ( 1888 - 1977 )
Gregoire Boonzaier ( 1909 - )
Maud Sumner ( 1902 - 1985 )
Maggie Laubser ( 1886 - 1973 )
Gerhard Sekoto ( 1913 - 1993 )
Willie Bester ( 1956 - )

There were about 50 people in the auction room when the sale commenced. Bidding was slow on the Bainses and a stunning I'Ons went for only 1725. At lot 138 ( J.H. Pierneef ) all 16 phones started ringing and bidding picked up.

Highlights :

pier1.jpg (3216 bytes) Lot 140, J.H. Pierneef,  In the Karoo,
Oil on Board,   13 x 19cm
3 220
pier2.jpg (3423 bytes) Lot 141, J.H. Pierneef, Simonsberg,
  Oil on Board, 55 x 66cm
25 300
jen.jpg (3238 bytes) Lot 142, Adloph Jentsch, Karakoelkraal,
oil on canvas, 69 x 100cm
25 300
greg.jpg (4139 bytes) Lot 144, G Boonzaier,  Genadendal, 
oil on canvas, 1940, 50 x 76cm
6 325

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Lot 148,  Sylvia Molloy,  Looking down town,
oil on canvas,  98 x 61cm
6 900

Christie's representative Nicholas Lambourn spoke about the auction afterwards and promised that his firm would like to include works of this nature in their upcoming,  April 2000 auction again.


STEPHAN WELZ & CO.

In Association With

SOTHEBY'S

On Monday 11 October 1999 I attended the Sotheby's end of the year sale in Cape Town. There was a huge crowd and interest was high. Quite a few collectors and dealers from Gauteng traveled to Cape Town to attend the auction and bidding was fierce.

Highlights :

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Lot 270,  Irma Stern,

Lot 280,  Maud Sumner,

Lot 306,  Vladimir Tretchikoff

Still life,  Oil on canvas,  55 x 49cm

Arum Lilies in a jug,  Oil on canvas,   58 x 48cm

Zulu Maiden,  Oil on canvas,  75 x 85cm

R 341 000

R 79 200

R 60 500

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