North / South Strauss and Co Live Virtual Auction

Thursday Oct 22 - Thursday Nov 12       89 Central Street, Houghton
Set to be one of the biggest South African art auctions of the year, Strauss & Co's North / South Live Virtual Auction is an exciting week-long virtual sale of art, fine wine and decorative arts happening live online from November 8–11, with pre-bidding now already open online too. The auction is hosted online on, the world's leading online auction platform, with Strauss & Co's auctioneers leading the bidding live online from the Cape Town and Joburg showrooms.

Visit the auction preview exhibition

Works featured in this phenomenal sale will be on display in a beautiful pre-auction exhibition at the Strauss & Co gallery at their showroom in Houghton from Mon Oct 26 to Fri Nov 11.

The gallery is open to visit Mon-Fri from 10:00-17:00 and on Sat until 13:00 and the art experts from the Strauss & Co team are always on hand to talk you through the incredible items that are on display. If you can't make it to the exhibition in person, you can also take a virtual tour of the exhibition online at and make sure to tune into Strauss & Co's daily art talks on Zoom, or catch up with the art talks series on YouTube.

Visits to the pre-auction exhibition are by appointment only. You can arrange to visit and view this stunning collection by calling +27 11 728 8246 or email 

North / South auction highlights

Among the art sessions is another single-owner collection of modern and contemporary South African art, the Tasso Foundation Collection which was assembled by the late Giulio Bertrand of Morgenster wine estate. The collection includes fantastic work by some of the biggest names in South African art including William Kentridge, Maggie Laubser, Alexis Preller, Irma Stern and Diane Victor.  

New to this auction is a change in the way the auction sessions have been planned and highlighted to better match up with the demands of collectors. Among the innovative new sessions is the Interiors session which is an integrated sale of art, furniture and decorative arts (Nov 9) which seeks to show the connections between fine art and furniture and is particularly beautifully styled in the catalogue by by celebrated interior designer, Monique Lion-Cachet. 

Another major highlight is the New Collector session (Nov 10) which has a special focus on South African ceramics and celebrates the diversity of contemporary South African ceramics featuring works by notable artists such as Deborah Bell, Robert Hodgins, Ruan Hoffmann, William Kentridge, Noria Mabasa, Lucinda Mudge, Esias Bosch and Andile Dyalvane, a star participant in Design Miami.

Meanwhile those who collect wine can look forward to the sale of a cases from an incredible single-owner collection of the most hallowed wines of Burgundy and the northern Rhône from a private cellar.

How the live virtual auction works

The innovative new cross-country and cross-departmental format of the sale is a clever re-imagining of the classic live auction model that builds on the recent success of Strauss & Co's virtual live auctions which it hosted in May and in July. The new multi-day virtual sale replaces the two annual flagship Strauss & Co annual end of year sales usually held in Cape Town in October and in Johannesburg in November, making it one of the biggest single auctions the auction house has ever presented.

A resounding success that has attracted enthusiastic bidders from around the world, the virtual live auctions are hosted on, the world's leading online auction platform, with Strauss & Co's auctioneers leading the bidding live online from the Cape Town and Joburg showrooms.

Registered bidders can continue to put in bids online through the Invaluable platform while watching the auction happening in real-time on the Invaluable website and also have the chance to register and enter pre-bids before the live auction opens.



Oct 22 2020 - Nov 12 2020
Strauss & Co
89 Central Street, Houghton
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