Renowned as one of the finest art auction houses in South Africa, Strauss & Co. will present one of its biggest live auctions this coming week. Various artworks from the likes of William Kentridge, JH Pierneef, Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller and even Willem Boshoff will be on auction on Monday, 4 June 2018.
The top ten lots for this particular auction carry a combined estimate of R33,6 million and include important pieces from Alexis Preller, as well as notable works by Walter Battiss, JH Pierneef and Vladimir Tretchikoff.
The selection of museum-caliber works further include a strong focus on contemporary art. Alongside Kentridge, whose colonial landscape drawing, Deep Pool, is likely to sell for between R3 – R5 million, this sale includes works by Conrad Botes, Wim Botha, Dan Halter and Clive van den Berg.
One of the premier works to go on auction on 4 June from Preller is his ‘Poseidon’. The undated painting, executed in Preller’s signature intaglio style and acquired directly from the artist, carries a competitive pre-sale estimate of R3 – R5 million rand.
“With his plaited hair, tousled beard and sleek almond eye executed in Preller’s thrilling electric blue, ‘Poseidon’ comes from the artist’s most important, late-career series of symbolically charged, disembodied heads,”
Dr Alastair Meredith HOD Art Strauss & Co Johannesburg.
Before the hundreds of enigmatic artworks disappear into the homes and vaults of private collectors, the public will stand a chance to view each one through a series of talks and walkabouts ahead of the auction. Taking place at The Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg, the auction preview, at the Wanderers Club, will be held daily from 1-3 June daily from 10:00-17:00.
Written by Kate Els
The live auction will be held on 4 June across three sessions at 15:00, 18:00 and 20:00 respectively. The full auction catalogue can be viewed online here,