Irma Stern's $4.8m Arab Priest artwork leads its flock at Bonhams


2015-06-26 12:19:16


Irma Stern's $4.8m Arab Priest artwork leads its flock at Bonhams

Three individual records were set on Wednesday at the South African art sale in London

Irma Stern's Arab Priest was the leading light at Bonhams' South African Masterpieces sale on a night that saw three records fall, evidence of the growing popularity of South African art with investors.

Stern's piece achieved 3m on Wednesday in London, 600,000 above the previous record for the artist, realised last year for her Bahora Girl.

The auction also saw Yellow Houses, District Six by Gerard Sekoto achieve 602,400, a new record for the man widely regarded as South Africa's leading black artist.

Alexis Preller's The Garden of Eden achieved 748,000, another individual record.

Giles Peppiatt, Bonhams' director of South African art, commented following the sale: "There was evidence of a highly educated group of buyers in the room and on the phone. They picked the best and paid handsomely for it."

Irma Stern's Arab Priest achieved 3m

He added that the sale demonstrated the growing appetite for the best Stern pieces as well as other South African talents,such as Sekoto and Preller.

However, the16th birthday card of Alida Snymanpainted by school friend and renowned artist Marlene Dumas did not sell in the auction.Although Ms Snyman shouldn'tfeel perturbed, as the piece couldstill finda buyer on the private markets.

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