Browse and buy unique items on Strauss & Co's popular online auction which open on April 1. The five-session sale of South African and International Art, Decorative Arts and Jewellery includes the balance of two private collections that were recently part of Strauss & Co's groundbreaking live auction in Cape Town – The Munitz Collection and the second part of the Dr J.R. and Mary Strong Collection.
The late Sol Munitz's collection is an important part of South African artistic history. His friendship with Irma Stern saw him acquiring works directly from the artist – including Stern’s painting Arab which was the top-selling lot in Cape Town. It fetched an incredible R20,484,000. The online sale features a selection of his 20th-century collectables including a 1930s Art Deco cold painted figure of a maiden (after Josef Adolph, Austrian, R 4 000-R6 000), and a 20th century Charles Schneider cognac-coloured glass vase (R4,000-R6,000). Items on auction from the Dr J.R. and Mary Strong Collection, another drawcard at the Cape Town sale, include an assortment of English silver – from Charles II to Georgian and Victorian items – as well as Continental silver and porcelain.
The online sale also boasts an excellent selection of jewellery, from Georgian mourning rings to Victorian brooches, and a large array of earrings that include a pair of emerald, diamond and gold earrings (R12,000-R16,000). Of course there are also plenty of opportunities to bid on significant works of contemporary art, paintings and sculpture, works on paper and prints and multiples. Highlights include Willem Boshoff’s Intercourse (R5,000-R7,000), Robert Hodgins' mixed media Pretty Boy Floyd (R18,000-R24,000) and portraiture by Lionel Smit and Carl Büchner.
Strauss & Co’s last online sale revealed the growing interest in relatively unknown artists making an impact on the secondary (auction) market. Among them are Wopko Jensma, a poet of the 1970s whose anthologies were frequently banned by the apartheid government who has two colour woodcuts from the 1970s in the sale. Another is Wilfred Delporte, a sculptor and painter working in the 1960s who emerged out of the Polly Street Art Centre founded by Cecil Skotnes and Fred Schimmel.
How to bid in Strauss & Co's Online Auction
Strauss & Co have made it super easy to participate in their online auctions. Register online through the "Register to Bid" link and complete the short form. This can be done from the moment the sale opens. Existing Strauss & Co clients are required to register for each individual online auction to receive an online bidding number for that particular sale. The current online auction can be browsed by lot, department or artist, with a filter option allowing you to also search for items based on price or keyword.
Clicking on "Submit your Bid" brings up the bidding popup window, which features a “submit “button that allows you to accept the next bid value. Up to the last hour of the auction, if you have an active bid you will receive an email and an SMS when you are outbid on a lot. Successful buyers will receive an email after the sale has closed, detailing purchased lots and check out procedures. Happy bidding!