A feast of Irma Sterns head Strauss & Co's March sale in Cape TownPainting remains the benchmark medium for South African art collectors, with quality works by Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Alexis Preller, Walter Battiss and Robert Hodgins commanding reliably firm prices at Strauss & Co live auctions. The forthcoming Cape Town sale, which will be held at the Vineyard Hotel on 6 March, includes a robust offering of quality paintings. 2 Mar 2017 Read more >>

Preller excels at Strauss & Co year-end saleThe sale of rare and important paintings by Alexis Preller, some held in major collections and unseen for decades, capped a day of vigorous bidding at Strauss & Co's summer auction in Johannesburg. This auction of important South African and international art, the last of Strauss & Co's four annual live sales, drew a full house to the city's illustrious Wanderers Club. 9 Nov 2016 Read more >>

1970s hearthrob Tos Du Toit's Art Collection poised to go under the hammerMuch loved Afrikaans actor, director, author, screenwriter and producer Tos Du Toit's collection of South African art will be sold at Strauss & Co on Monday, 7 November, in Johannesburg. 4 Nov 2016 Read more >>

Homecoming: Strauss & Co offers lost treasures of South African artA key work by painter Alexis Preller, for decades presumed lost, is among the standout lots on Strauss & Co's forthcoming Johannesburg summer auction. The sale, scheduled to take place at the Wanderers Club on 7 November, includes a number of important works repatriated to this country from international collections, notably by Preller, Walter Battiss, Cecil Skotnes and Edoardo Villa. 28 Oct 2016 Read more >>

Sale of important post-war art collection will benefit educationIrma Stern's striking oil portrait from 1956, Lot 226, Woman with Blue Headscarf (estimate R2,000,000 - R3,000,000), is one of a number of remarkable works from the collection of Liselotte and Walter Hardebeck going under the hammer at Strauss & Co's upcoming 7 November sale in Johannesburg. Other notable works from this collection include Lot 223, Stern's Watussi Chief's Wife (with Head Dress), a charcoal drawing from 1946 (estimate R200,000 - 300,000), and a group of five little-seen works by Alexis Preller. 27 Oct 2016 Read more >>

A haul of modern masters and contemporary pioneersLeading auction house Strauss & Co's forthcoming spring sale in Cape Town which takes place on 10 October, includes a bumper offering of quality paintings by acclaimed South African masters including Anton van Wouw, Pieter Wenning, JH Pierneef, Stanley Pinker, Alexis Preller, Gerard Sekoto, William Kentridge, Sydney Kumalo and Karel Nel. Two still life paintings by pioneering South African painters, Irma Stern and Penny Siopis, rank among the standout lots. Produced in 1947 and 1982 respectively, the works capture Stern and Siopis at very different moments in their careers. 4 Oct 2016 Read more >>

Strauss & Co bolstered by heavyweightsStrauss & Co is proud to announce important appointments to its board and team of art specialists bolstering the rock-solid legacy of founding managing director, Stephan Welz, who passed away at the end of last year. 29 Jun 2016 Read more >>

Millions achieved for South African Art at Strauss & CoStrauss & Co's auction in Johannesburg which achieved a total of almost R42 million, was characterised by a packed auction room and a busy bank of telephones. The top lot of the auction, Irma Stern's Portrait of Freda Feldman with Basuto Hat, which sold on the telephone for over R5 million, was repatriated from Australia to be sold by Strauss & Co. 25 May 2016 Read more >>

Raise your hat as important Stern comes homeStrauss & Co's upcoming auction will be headlined by a striking portrait, returning from Australia, of one of Irma Stern's closest friends. It will go on auction on Monday 23 May at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. 17 May 2016 Read more >>

Hats off to Strauss & CoHigh-quality artworks by top South African and international artists will feature at Strauss & Co's auction on 23 May at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg 16 May 2016 Read more >>

Bad Man tops great saleAt Strauss & Co's auction in Cape Town, Robert Hodgins' roguish Bad Man with Great Threads sold for R2.4 million, more than three times the pre-sale estimates. 16 Mar 2016 Read more >>

Picasso and Battiss converse at Strauss auctionStrauss & Co's 14 March auction offers art lovers insights into the art and ideas shared by Picasso and Battiss when they met in Paris in the 40s. 10 Mar 2016 Read more >>

Charming Maggie Laubser painting tells many a tale at Strauss auctionStrauss & Co's upcoming auction on Monday, 14 March, at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town offers many exceptional works by major South African artists from JH Pierneef, Hugo Naudé, Walter Battiss, Gerard Sekoto, Gregoire Boonzaier and Erik Laubscher to Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Sue Williamson, Athi-Patra Ruga and Ian Grose. Amongst these, Birds and Boats (R700,000 - 900,000) by Maggie Laubser is one of the most charming paintings by this much-loved artist to appear at auction in recent years, according to Senior Art Specialist Emma Bedford. 9 Mar 2016 Read more >>

A strong suit at Strauss & CoLook out for Strauss & Co's eye-catching auction catalogue with its amusing cover, Bad Man with Great Threads (R700,000 - R900,000) by Robert Hodgins. Suited for success, this scoundrel, given a mischievous makeover by Hodgins and situated in the arena of high art - American Abstract Expressionism - is a winner. 8 Mar 2016 Read more >>

Big gains and a sad loss for Strauss & Co in 2015A month before he passed away on 25 December 2015, distinguished art expert and auctioneer, Stephan Welz, presided over yet another successful sale at Strauss & Co when, on 9 November, he knocked down painter Alexis Preller's oil and gesso work, The Creation of Adam I (1968), for R8.5 million in Johannesburg. The extraordinary sale result established a new South African record for this enigmatic painter. 22 Jan 2016 Read more >>

Strauss Summer Auction headlined by rare and exemplary works by Preller, Stern, Kentridge, Pierneef and Van WouwHigh-quality artworks representing a number of top South African and international artists at their best are among the pieces on auction at Strauss & Co's Summer auction on 9 November at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. 28 Oct 2015 Read more >>

R2.6m for chest of drawersA chest of drawers sold for close on R2,600,000 at Strauss & Co's auction held in Cape Town on 12 October, drawing gasps from the packed saleroom. This important 18th century chest of drawers, which was formerly part of the collection of Vergelegen, was hotly contested between two international buyers on the telephone. 15 Oct 2015 Read more >>

Strauss spring auction set to surprise and delightStrauss & Co's spring auction on 12 October at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands promises a veritable cornucopia of rare and beautiful South African and international art from Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Pieter Wenning, Jean Welz, Walter Battiss and Erik Laubscher to Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge and Penny Siopis. Younger artists include Georgina Gratrix, Athi-Patra Ruga, 2015 winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Performance Art, and Mohau Modisakeng. An early hand-coloured print by Colin Richards is likely to appeal to discerning collectors. International works range from seventeenth-century portrait paintings to works by Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and Diego Rivera. 8 Oct 2015 Read more >>

Randlord's furniture appears on market 65 years laterItems which emerged from the sale in 1942 of The Contents of Vergelegen, the property of Sir Lionel and Lady Phillips, will be offered for sale at Strauss & Co, in Cape Town, on 12 October 2015. These include two 18th century aquatints of Cape Town, originally purchased for three guineas each (R4,000 - R6,000), and an ornate George III giltwood cartel clock (Edward Clarke, London) inscribed on the reverse, "Mrs L Phillips" (R25,000 - R30,000). Also with the same provenance is a George III-style linen press which bears an inventory label for Sir Lionel Phillips Bart, Tylney Hall, his former home in England (R15,000 - R20,000). 7 Oct 2015 Read more >>

Dolly commands millionsA painting by the celebrated Dutch artist Kees van Dongen of his much loved daughter Dolly which was painted in 1909, was the most expensive painting sold by Strauss & Co at their auction in Johannesburg. The painting realised R5,684,000 which well exceeded the pre-sale estimate. 3 Jun 2015 Read more >>

Sculpture price soars to dizzy heightsA rare sculpture by the South African-born artist, Ernest Mancoba, who left South Africa in 1938 for Paris where he met and married the famous Dutch artist, Sonja Verlov, last night astounded the South African art-buying public when it sold for R613,872. 2 Jun 2015 Read more >>

Hello Dolly!Portrait of artist's daughter expected to fetch R4-million 29 May 2015 Read more >>

Half a century of Robert Hodgins at Strauss & Co"Very few artists command the respect and admiration of their peers in the way Robert Hodgins does, a reverence often verging on cult status." Kendall Geers 28 May 2015 Read more >>

Modern and contemporary art steals the show at Strauss & Co's June saleStrauss & Co's sale which takes place in Johannesburg on 1 June 2015 showcases many exciting works of art by South African and international artists of stature. These include Kees van Dongen, Alexander Calder, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, William Kentridge, Jane Alexander, Robert Hodgins, Penny Siopis, Deborah Bell, Walter Oltman and Athi-Patra Ruga. 21 May 2015 Read more >>

Keep up with the rest of the world, browse>bid>buy at Strauss & CoThe exciting online art world revolution is happening now and established market leader Strauss & Co's online-only auctions have taken off with a vengeance. After five successful online auctions, the response by buyers, old and young, local and international, has been phenomenal, reaffirming this worldwide shift in shopping preferences. 24 Apr 2015 Read more >>

Strauss & Co art specialists to visit Kwazulu-NatalWhat is your art worth? Have you ever had it valued? Are you thinking of selling? Take advantage of the specialists from Strauss & Co. 2 Apr 2015 Read more >>

SA auction house reaffirms its global supremacy in the South African art marketPrices for high-quality South African and international art soared at Strauss & Co's auction held this week in Cape Town. The sale achieved a total of R50 million and a value sell-through rate of over 84%, once again the highest in the current market, reaffirming Strauss & Co's position as global leader for South African art. The packed saleroom, a regular feature of Strauss & Co's evening sales, was marked by competitive bidding and many exciting surprises ensued. 23 Mar 2015 Read more >>

Tutu sculpture sells for over R850,000 at Strauss & Co auctionPrices for South African and international art soared at Strauss & Co's auction held last night in Cape Town. The sale achieved a total of R50m with a value sell-through rate of over 84%, once again the highest in the current market. 17 Mar 2015 Read more >>

Kimberley Diamond Rush Brooch to benefit Save the Children FundA historic diamond brooch, belonging to Colonel Sir David Harris, pioneer of the South African diamond industry, director of de Beers, Barney Barnato's first cousin and close friend of Cecil John Rhodes, will go under the hammer in Cape Town on Monday, 16 March at Strauss & Co's auction. Originally a gift from Colonel Sir David Harris to his wife, Rosa Gabriel of Pomerania (Prussia), whom he married in 1873, it is estimated to fetch R400,000 - 450,000. 13 Mar 2015 Read more >>

The Arch flies againEd Young's Arch is flying high in the foyer of the Vineyard Hotel. It will feature amongst some of the very best in South African and international art when it comes up for sale at an estimated R450,000 - R550,000 at Strauss & Co's next auction. 11 Mar 2015 Read more >>

Art with global appeal at Strauss auctionAmongst some of the very best in South African and international art on offer at Strauss & Co's upcoming auction scheduled for 16 March in Cape Town, are key contemporary works by globally recognised artists such as Berlinde De Bruyckere, Nam June Paik, Huang Gang, Yayoi Kusama, William Kentridge and Penny Siopis. 10 Mar 2015 Read more >>

Pierneef painting that launched cultural movement headlines Strauss auctionJacob Hendrik Pierneef's painting of The Maluti Mountains (R1,200,000 - R1,600,000) at Strauss & Co's upcoming auction on 16 March 2015 at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, in Cape Town, tells a fascinating South African story. Not only is it a extraordinary painting from the period which Esmé Berman described as one of "discovery and mastery" but it was purchased by a remarkable man instrumental in developing South Africa's educational and cultural institutions. 9 Mar 2015 Read more >>

Chemist dispenses groundbreaking art collectionStrauss & Co is proud to announce the sale of the illustrious Harry Lits Collection of Works by the Amadlozi Group - a highlight of the 10 November auction of Important South African and International Art to be held at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. 6 Nov 2014 Read more >>

Seminal painting by Irma Stern expected to fetch millions at Strauss & CoA major still life by Irma Stern, South Africa's foremost artist and one of the top-selling female artists of all time, will go under the hammer on 13 October as part of Strauss & Co's auction in Cape Town. 6 Oct 2014 Read more >>

Africa's first major Contemporary Art auctionThe first major contemporary art auction on the African continent is set to take place in Cape Town when Strauss & Co presents its inaugural Contemporary Art auction on 26 February 2015 in conjunction with The Cape Town Art Fair 2015. 23 Sep 2014 Read more >>

Preller prevails at Strauss & Co's June auction277 lots of important South African and international art are set to go under the hammer at Strauss & Co's Johannesburg auction on 30 June 2014. 25 Jun 2014 Read more >>

Pinker's paean to Kouebokkeveld artists set to soar at Strauss & Co's June auctionStanley Pinker's Camping in the Kouebokkeveld (R2,000,000 - 3,000,000), an extraordinary painting that celebrates the ancient and modern artists who have drawn their inspiration from this area, is coming up at Strauss & Co's 30 June auction at the Wanderers Club in Illovo. 17 Jun 2014 Read more >>

South Africa joins booming global market as Strauss Online's next auction opensSouth Africa is now unequivocally a part of the booming global online art auction market with the opening of Strauss Online's second online auction last week. 17 Apr 2014 Read more >>

Superb art collection to benefit Wildlands Conservation TrustA collection of superb art from some of South Africa's top contemporary artists will be auctioned to benefit the Wildlands Conservation Trust. 24 Mar 2014 Read more >>

R3.4 million buys you LoveA rare and undocumented painting by the celebrated South African artist, Stanley Pinker, set a new world record for the artist when it sold for R3.4 million at Strauss & Co's auction, having been hotly contested between ten telephone bidders and buyers in the packed auction room. The painting Love gripped the imagination of buyers at the auction that proved the South African art market continues to show great strength for works of quality and that are fresh to the market. 18 Mar 2014 Read more >>

A groovy kind of Love at Strauss & CoAll eyes are on Strauss & Co's upcoming auction scheduled for 17 March 2014 at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, in Cape Town. Whether your interests lie in South African or international fine arts, decorative arts or jewellery, there's plenty to tempt the senses. Amongst the gems by Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser, Pieter Wenning and Robert Gwelo Goodman is Stanley Pinker's Love (R500,000 - R700,000). 13 Mar 2014 Read more >>

Top artists and the art of dealing celebrated at Strauss & CoAll eyes are on Strauss & Co's upcoming auction scheduled for 17 March 2014 at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands in Cape Town. Whether your interests lie in South African or international fine arts, decorative arts or jewellery, there's plenty to tempt the senses. The headliner is undoubtedly Irma Stern's Dakar Woman (R6,000,000 - 9,000,000). One can imagine the impact that Dakar, with its heady mix of African and French cultures, would have had on Stern during her first sojourn there in 1938. The artist's identification with her subject is vividly conveyed in this powerful portrait that recognises their common humanity despite cultural differences. 12 Mar 2014 Read more >>

The Cape Town Art Fair, a celebration of South African artStrauss & Co, Condé Nast House & Garden and Delaire Graff Estate have joined forces to celebrate Cape Town's second annual Art Fair and show some of the most highly valued art that South Africa has produced, to date. Their stand constitutes a sophisticated interior designed by Condé Nast House & Garden, and features the seminal paintings Two Arabs by Irma Stern and Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff. As different as these two important portraits are, they both share the accolade of having topped the art auction market in recent years. "It is a great privilege for us to have this rare opportunity to exhibit paintings of such international renown and, in so doing, present the public the unique chance to see these rarely viewed, original works first hand," says Bina Genovese, director of Strauss & Co. 25 Feb 2014 Read more >>

Through the eyes of an artist - romantic accounts of AfricaA keen traveller, Irma Stern was also fortunate to have the financial means with which to do so. Her trips also provided her with an abundance of new sights from which she could draw inspiration for her insatiable artistic output. 4 Nov 2013 Read more >>

Seminal works from Jane Alexander's Master's Show destined for auctionThe November 11th Strauss & Co Evening Sale of South African and International Art promises to be a landmark moment for contemporary art in the context of a South African auction. Jane Alexander's Untitled, pre-sale estimate R2,000,000 - R3,000,000, and West Coast African Angel pre-sale estimate R600,000 - R900,000, are scheduled for this sale. Credited by the jurors of the 2002 DaimlerChrysler Award to giving "form to the fragility of a multi-cultural society", Alexander's work incorporates "exquisite and excruciating details that compel, invade, disturb and complicate perceptions". Bought directly from Alexander's Masters Show, these masterworks languished in relative obscurity until now. 1 Nov 2013 Read more >>

Strauss & Co launches Strauss Online: Time-limited auction sales exclusively onlineWith the exponential growth in online transactions, virtual shopping has become increasingly prevalent in contemporary society. The inevitable development of online auctions has consequently followed suit. Not to be confused with online bidding (which simply refers to placing bids on lots during live, physical auctions via the internet), online-only auctions are virtual auction sales conducted exclusively on the internet. 16 Oct 2013 Read more >>

Major collection of historical Cape pieces set to go under the hammer this monthHighlighting Strauss & Co's Spring auction on 21 October 2013 in Cape Town, is a collection of historical Cape pieces which includes Cape furniture, brass and copperware, as well as Chinese porcelain. Assembled over thirty years by accomplished branding and marketing strategist, Dr Johan Bolt, this comprehensive Cape collection will inspire other collectors who share this interest. 15 Oct 2013 Read more >>

Stern scintillates at Strauss's October auctionA selection of paintings establishing Irma Stern as a leading Modernist painter and, furthermore, as an intrepid collector of top quality African art, will be offered at Strauss & Co's 21 October 2013 auction at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town. 1 Oct 2013 Read more >>

Discovery of double-sided Laubser painting delights at Strauss's Spring AuctionAn extraordinary discovery was made when the owners of a beautiful Maggie Laubser painting decided to reframe it. To their surprise, they found an equally good painting on the back. According to Stephan Welz, South Africa's top modern art expert and auctioneer, this remarkable double-sided painting, which is to be offered at Strauss & Co's 21 October auction at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, also has an impeccable provenance and interesting history. 30 Sep 2013 Read more >>

FONG confirmed for the FNB Johannesburg Art FairStrauss & Company are assisting the Friends of the National Gallery (FONG) with their attendance at this year's FNB Johannesburg Art Fair. 27 Sep 2013 Read more >>

R1,818,880 for "Last Supper"The much disputed decision by the Institute for Catholic Education to sell the Cecil Skotnes triptych removed from the Santa Sophia Chapel in Pretoria has had an astounding result. The work titled The Last Supper realised Strauss & Company's hoped for dream. The panels sold to a private collector who plans to make the work available to a public institution. The pre-sale estimate of R300,000 - 400,000 was overshot by the final price realised of R1,818,880. The work is to be sent to a conservator where it will be restored to its original glory before taking pride of place in the soon to be named museum. The proceeds from the sale are to go to an educational trust. 21 May 2013 Read more >>

Strauss & Co to sell one of the world's most reproduced paintingsFrans Oerder's still life, Blossom Time, will be sold at Strauss & Co's much anticipated Evening Sale on Monday, 20 May, in the Wanderers Club Ballroom. This magnificent large-scale work is partner to his Magnolias, both of which were purchased by the New York Graphic Society for the purpose of reproducing them. The reproductions first went on sale in 1939 and proved to be extremely popular. 17 May 2013 Read more >>

Tretchi fever heats upControversial Russian-born artist, Vladimir Tretchikoff, nicknamed "King of Kitsch", is top of the pops as auction prices for his paintings continue to soar, seemingly eclipsing the two long-time market leaders, Pierneef and Stern. The value of his works has increased considerably following the retrospective exhibition hosted by the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town in 2011, and regular appearances of his works at auctions both locally and abroad over recent years. 16 May 2013 Read more >>

Strauss & Co goes vintage with South African haute couture legend, Chris LevinStrauss & Co, in conjunction with the charity Vintage, with Love, are staging an auction of vintage couture from the personal archives of the legendary South African couturier, Chris Levin. 30 Apr 2013 Read more >>

Iconic South African artworks spanning 160 years set to go under the hammer in MayStrauss & Co: A striking number of iconic artworks by South Africa's foremost artists will lead Strauss & Co's South African and International Art sale at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg on 20 May 2013. 24 Apr 2013 Read more >>

From a duck to a swanDying Swan by Vladimir Tretchikoff, one of the most commercially successful artists of our time, will be sold by leading auction house, Strauss & Co, on 20 May 2013. The model for the painting, Dame Alicia Markova, is depicted entwined with the bird she portrayed, the two inseparable as she dies at the end of the performance. 5 Mar 2013 Read more >>

Chairman's Report 2012Our fourth year in operation is now behind us and it gives me great pleasure to announce that we continue to do very well. 13 Jan 2013 Read more >>