Joburg art and antiques auctions don't get much more colourful than Russell Kaplan's regular sales that pack in hundreds of wonderful and unique items, ranging from fine art to furniture, collectables and jewellery and vintage accessories, over a week of live online bidding.
The Russell Kaplan Spring Wunderkammer takes place from Thu, Sep 22 to Sun, Oct 02 and it's a bumper edition, with an incredible 4,556 lots on which to bid through the online bidding platform rkauctioneers.co.za.
Alongside the incredible variety of items on sale comes a great variety of reserve prices, so there's something for everyone. If you favour quirky pieces for the home you'll find plenty of items waiting to be snapped up for just a few hundred Rand. Meanwhile, other 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 come and 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 always paying special attention to display the items on sale together that feels akin to walking around the apartment of some Parisian grande dame with a love of collecting.
The showroom is open late night viewing on Tue, Sep 21 and Wed, Sep 22 09:30–19:00. Pop in from 16:30 for bubbly. Or visit Thu to Sat 09:30–16:30. The showroom is not affected by load shedding.
How to explore The Spring Wunderkammer auction and place bids online
We recommend registering on the site or doenloading that app (head to your App store, Android or ios) and then set some time aside to explore some favourite pieces that capture your imagination. Once you have an eye on things you like and have made your list of 'Favourites' you can then already start placing your pre-bids and 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 bidlive.rkauctioneers.co.za 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 22
1st session: Antique Painting and Prints, Maps, Botanical Art, and Traditional European Art
Fri Sep 23
2nd Session: Vintage African Modern Art, Ceramics, Books, and Classical and Vintage African Art and Artifacts
Sat Sep 24
3rd Session: Objets of Vertu, Silver, Glassware, Costume Jewellery, Porcelain, and Collectables
Sun Sep 25
4th Session: Objets of Vertu, Silver, Glassware, Porcelain, and Collectables
Thu Sep 29
6th Session: Collectables and Curiosities
7th Session: Carpets, Tapestries, and Textile
8th Session: Watches, Pens, Fine Gold, and Antique Jewellery
Fri Sep 30
9th Session: Silver, Collectable and Costume Jewellery
10th Session: Vintage and Designer Shoes, Bags, and Accessories
Sat Oct 1
11th Session: Contemporary Decorative Art and Nudes
12th Session: Modern and Postmodern Painting, Drawing, Print, and Sculpture
Sun Oct 2
13th Session: Antique Furniture, Mid Century Design, Mirrors, Light Fittings & Collectables