Without missing a beat, Strauss & Co has taken its renowned art auctions online, with its winter edition starting on Sunday, 26 July and wine and art sales following on Monday and Tuesday. It will follow the format of its successful May sale, with auctioneers hammering down lots from physical salerooms in Johannesburg and Cape Town, but bidders participating remotely from the safety and comfort of their homes. “The virtual sale, a partnership with Invaluable, the world’s leading international platform for buying art, antiques and collectibles online, will replicate a physical saleroom scenario, with Strauss & Co’s auctioneers conducting the sale live, in isolation,” says Strauss & Co chairperson Frank Kilbourn. “Invaluable hosts hundreds of auctions and provides a fair, safe, public, and accessible auction platform all year round. This partnership will expand our reach internationally, for the benefit of buyers and sellers alike.”
A monumental bushveld scene, Bosveld, by JH Pierneef is the cover lot to the auction, which includes pieces from several private collections that cover a range of periods and locations. It includes exciting works by Gregoire Boonzaier, Dylan Lewis, Alexis Preller, Gerard Sekoto, Irma Stern, Cecil Skotnes, William Kentridge, Norman Catherine, and Edoardo Villa among many other household names. “The two single-owner collections, one from a Pretoria collector, the other from a large survey collection of South African art, affirm Strauss & Co’s leading role in handling properties assembled by discriminating collectors and patrons of the arts. Given the circumstances of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, I am pleased to say that the July sale also includes various lots being sold in support of deserving charities in the arts and the community more broadly,” says Strauss & Co executive director Susie Goodman.