Irma Stern’s Young Arab. Picture: STRAUSS & CO
Irma Stern’s Young Arab. Picture: STRAUSS & CO

Strauss & Co broke its turnover record for a single auction, generating more than R70m on Monday.

And again, an Irma Stern painting, Young Arab was the star of the night, selling for R13.6m.

Bina Genovese, Strauss & Co’s joint MD, says the auction figures show that there is strong confidence in SA’s art market, especially for contemporary works.

Strauss & Co also holds the record for a Stern: Two Arabs sold for R21.5m in 2011.

Young Arab, a gestural portrait, was painted during Stern’s visit to the Congo in 1942 and was bought for £40.

It was sold and bought by private collectors on Monday night.

Maggie Laubser’s Shepherd Seated with his Flock sold for R3.97m and JH Pierneef’s late-career study Bushveld Landscape went under the hammer for R2.27m.

Maggie Laubser’s Shepherd Seated with his Flock. Picture: STRAUSS & CO
Maggie Laubser’s Shepherd Seated with his Flock. Picture: STRAUSS & CO

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