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Aspire Art Auctions’ first house-contents sale raises almost R15 million


On Sunday 11 February at Deodar House in Johannesburg, Aspire Art Auctions hosted a highly successful sale of the entire contents of the house, including over 100 lots of impeccably chosen fine artworks, decorative items, antique and modern furniture, luxury jewellery, watches and wine.

Aspire Art Auctions’ first house-contents sale raises almost R15 million

House and Leisure was among the guests at this innovative and stylish event, which was headlined by the successful sale of several significant works of art.

Works by Irma Stern, William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx,  Angus Taylor and Willem Boshoff fetch top prices

The top seller was a still life by Irma Stern, 'Hydrangeas and St Joseph Lilies in the Artist’s Handmade Ceramic Jug' (1950), which sold for R4 774 560 against estimates of R3 000 000 to R4 000 000. The sale of the fine-art lots at Deodar House was dominated by an exceptional collection of large outdoor sculptures. Among these, a highly coveted piece by William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx, 'Fire Walker' (2010) achieved a price of R3 978 800. ‘This is the last edition of the sculpture likely to be seen at [an] auction for some time, and it is our privilege to have handled its successful sale,’ says Aspire Art Auction’s director, senior art specialist and auctioneer Ruarc Peffers.

Other record-breaking outcomes at the sale were for Angus Taylor's piece 'Sit en Staan' (2008) and Willem Boshoff's 'Clast Mar' from his Children of the Stars series (2009), which attained top prices of R2 159 920 and R682 820 respectively. Both are world-record achievements for these well-known South African artists, beating previous auction prices by significant margins. A work by respected local sculptor Dylan Lewis, 'Trans-figure IX', fetched R909 440, well above a high estimate of R500 000.

A house-contents sale in a tranquil yet stylish environment

The sale took place at the tastefully curated Deodar House with its tranquil gardens, where large sculptures and a central lily pond formed the backdrop for the fierce bidding that took place in the marquee.

The furniture lots on the sale also proved a huge success, with competitive bidding on almost every lot. A pair of Paul Smith armchairs attracted much attention pre-sale and sold for R125 048, more than double the high estimate. An antique French oak dining table went for R136 416, also more than double its high estimate, and a set of Louis Ghost dining room chairs, designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell, did the same when they sold for R43 198.

The charity connection

Contents of Deodar House: JELUKA4Good Children’s Leukemia Fund 🌸 _ An average of 1 000 South African children are diagnosed with cancer every year. It is estimated that another 1 000 living with cancer are never diagnosed. _ JELUKA4Good is being established in order to raise funds for the treatment of South African children with Leukemia - the most prevalent type of cancer among children in this country. _ The entire seller’s proceeds from both the live and online components of the Contents of Deodar House auction will go towards seed funding JELUKA4Good. _ Our live sale takes place at Deodar House today at 3pm, whilst our online sale closes from 5pm tomorrow. _ #artworkcaption Irma Stern | Hydrangeas and St Joseph lilies in the artist’s handmade ceramic jug | 1950 | oil on board | 65 x 62 cm _ #aspireartauctions #AAADeodarHouse #JELUKA4Good #charitysale #irmastern #southafricanart

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A very special and unique point about this sale is that the entire seller’s proceeds will be donated to seed fund a new children’s leukaemia charity, the JELUKA4Good Children’s Leukemia Fund. A non-profit organisation, the fund has been established to provide resources for children suffering from the blood disease who don't have the means to pay for treatment.

Aspire Art Auctions is a South African-based, specialist auctioneering company formed to respond to the requirements of the country’s rapidly growing art industry. Specialising in historical, modern and contemporary art, the company is headed by a group of partners with formidable collective knowledge and expertise.

Aspire’s next sale will take place on 25 March 2018, at Avenue in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. This beautiful venue will feature some choice works for sale, and is sure to delight viewers and collectors. For more information visit the Aspire Art Auctions website.