Pierneef land­scape fetches world record

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AN AUC­TION of South African art in Joburg has made R60 mil­lion. This in­cluded a Pierneef which reached almost R12m. The sale was “a ma­jor boost for the South African art mar­ket that is par­tic­u­larly in­dica­tive of the de­mand for qual­ity work by re­spected artists”, said Bina Gen­ovese for Strauss and Co which ran the auc­tion.

“The top lot of the sale was a land­scape by JH Pierneef which re­alised R11.936m, a new world record for the artist. Four­teen of the fif­teen Pierneefs on of­fer sold ex­cep­tion­ally well, in many in­stances ex­ceed­ing the auc­tion­eer’s pre-sale es­ti­mates.”

Other high­lights were the Harry Lits col­lec­tion of works by the Amad­lozi Group which to­talled R9.6m, dou­ble its pre-sale es­ti­mate, and Syd­ney Ku­malo’s cel­e­brated sculp­ture Man on Beast which sold for R1.25m, five times more than the pre-sale es­ti­mate.

“Another high­light was Wil­liam Ken­tridge’s Draw­ing for Stere­o­scope: Soho at Desk on Tele­phone which sold for R4m, fol­lowed by his Ex­ten­sive Land­scape with Fig­ures and Swimming Pool which made just over R3m,” said Gen­ovese.

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