Strauss&Co is coming to town

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SPECIALISTS from Strauss&Co will be visiting East London on Monday to conduct obligation-free valuations of paintings, sculpture, silver and Chinese porcelain.

They will be at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery from 9am to 3pm.

Strauss&Co, South Africa’s premier auction house, is currently sourcing consignments of art and antiques ahead of their October auction in Cape Town.

The auction house have sold nine of the 10 most expensive paintings ever sold at auction in South Africa and hold records for numerous South African artists.

Last year, Strauss&Co set 21 new artist records and boasts a sell-through rate – by lot and value combined – of more than 80%, the highest in the market.

Strauss & Co also holds records for Cape and English silver and Cape and Continental furniture.

There is great excitement when they discover rare and interesting pieces destined to achieve unexpectedly high prices at auction.

Fabulous finds by the “experts on the move” include:

  • Tretchikoff’s Sunflowers, discovered in Petermaritzburg in February, was sold for R1.7-million at the Strauss & Co Johannesburg Auction on May 23.
  • Penny Siopis’s Cake Tapers was discovered in KwaZulu-Natal and sold in June 2014 for R280000.
  • Anton van Wouw’s Bad News sold in 2010 for R2.2-million, setting a world record for the artist which was only broken last year by Strauss&Co when Miner with Hand Drill sold for R4.8-million.

Senior furniture and decorative arts specialist Vanessa Phillips and art specialists Kirsty Colledge and Alex Richards will be providing the valuations of paintings, sculpture, silver and Chinese porcelain. The cost is R20 per item, limited to a maximum of five items per person.

The proceeds raised during the valuation will be donated to Friends of the Ann Bryant Art Gallery.

Inquiries: Leon at the Ann Bryant on (043)722-4044 or dupreezleon234@gmail.com

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