Strauss & Co, South Africa’s premier auction house, leads from the front. Here, we chat to Susie Goodman, Strauss & Co. client advisory, and executive director Bina Genovese. What trends are on the increase in the auction world? The market has become more discerning with buyers wanting top-quality items that have impeccable provenance. Strauss & Co has been privileged to handle three important private Cape collections recently, which have sold exceptionally well showing a strong market for Cape furniture. In addition to four live auctions annually, Strauss & Co has just launched an online auction platform in order to reach a wider audience. Our second online auction opens in February 2014. The next live Cape Town auction is on 17 March. What do you love about your job? The surprise element of what arrives through our doors, the exhilaration when a fantastic work or collection is consigned for sale, and the excitement of the auction itself (Bina). It is fascinating to be able to follow the journey of a piece from its consignment, through the auction process and finally to its new home. You imagine who has enjoyed meals around a particular table, or sat on a particular chair, or what stories the much loved armoire could tell… (Susie). For more information, contact 011-728-8246, 021-683-6560 or visit straussart.co.za.