Russell Kaplan Spring Wunderkammer auction

Thursday Sep 21 - Sunday Oct 1       Bram Fischer Centre (lower level), cnr Bram Fischer Dr and George St, Ferndale, Randburg

Joburg art and antiques auctions don't get more colourful than Russell Kaplan's regular sales that pack in hundreds of wonderful and unique items, ranging from fine art to furniture, collectables, jewellery and vintage accessories, over a week of live online bidding.

The Russell Kaplan Spring Wunderkammer takes place from Thu, Sep 21 to Sun, Oct 1, with pre-bidding open. It's a bumper edition, with close to 6,000 lots on which to bid through the online bidding platform

Alongside the incredible variety of items on sale comes plenty of reserve prices, so there's something for everyone. If you favour something quirky for your home you'll find loads of items waiting to be snapped up for just a few hundred rand. Meanwhile, landmark pieces attract fierce bidding and can sell for tens of thousands. 

Tying all the items together is the vision of a 'Wunderkammer' – it's the sense of wonder that has inspired adventurers and collectors for centuries and the spirit of admiring and collecting the unusual and the unique. 

Visit the Russell Kaplan showroom

If you are in Joburg you can also see the items in person at the Russell Kaplan showroom before the auction. Visiting the showroom is always an extra pleasure for those who love collecting, with Kaplan and his team paying special attention to display the items on sale together so it feels akin to walking around the apartment of some Parisian grande dame with a love of collecting.

The showroom is open for late-night viewing on Tue, Sep 19 and Wed, Sep 20 from 09:30 –19:00. Pop in from 16:30 for bubbly. Or visit Thu, Sep 21 – Sat, Sep 23 from 09:30 – 16:30. The showroom is not affected by load-shedding.

How to explore Russell Kaplan's Spring Wunderkammer auction and place bids online

We recommend registering on the site or downloading the app (head to your app store, Android or iOS) and then set some time aside to see what captures your imagination. Once you have an eye on things you like and have made your list of 'favourites' you can start placing your pre-bids. On the day of the auction when your lot comes up, if somebody bids above your reserve you'll be invited to place another bid online and join in the thrill of the chase!

The different auction sessions are divided by theme and the auction itself will be streamed live via the website, with approximately 50 to 70 lots going under the hammer each hour. Bidding starts from 09:00 and runs throughout the day.

Thu, Sep 21 
09:00 – 20:00, 1st session: Antique Painting and Prints, Maps, Botanical Art, and Traditional European Art.

Fri, Sep 22  
09:00 – 19:00, 2nd Session: Township Art, Contemporary Decorative Art.

Sat, Sep 23 
09:00 – 18:00, 3rd Session: Objets de Vertu, Silver, Glassware, Porcelain, and Collectables.

Sun, Sep 24 
09:00 – 19:30, 4th Session: Objets of Vertu, Silver, Glassware, Porcelain, and Collectables.

Tue, Sep 26 
09:00 – 19:00, 5th Session: Collectables, Curiosities, Decor and Design. 

Wed, Sep 27 
09:00 – 15:00, 6th Session: Collectables and Curiosities.

Thu, Sep 28 
12:00 – 18:30, 7th Session: Watches, Pens, Fine Gold, Antique, Silver, Collectable, and Costume Jewellery.

Fri, Sep 29 
10:30 – 12:00, 8th Session: Carpets, Tapestries and Textile.
12:00 17:00, 9th Session: Watches, Pens, Fine Gold, Antique, Silver, Collectable, and Costume Jewellery.
17:00 – 21:00, 10th Session: Vintage and Designer Shoes, Bags and Accessories. 

Sat, Sep 30
09:00 – 15:30, 11th Session: Classical African and Asian Art, Ceramics and Books Art.
15:30 19:30, 12th Session: Modern and Postmodern Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture

Sun, Oct 1 
09:00 – 19:30, 13th Session: Antique Furniture, Mid Century Design, Mirrors, Light Fittings & Collectables. 

Register to bid and get busy exploring the hundreds of treasures waiting to be snapped up in the sale online at



Sep 21 2023 - Oct 1 2023
Russell Kaplan Auctioneers
Bram Fischer Centre (lower level), cnr Bram Fischer Dr and George St, Ferndale, Randburg

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