A stunning image from one of Irma Stern’s trips to Zanzibar which inspired some of her best work, titled ‘Pink Sari’ , signed and dated 1947, and with its original Zanzibar frame, sold at Bonhams today for £959,650 .Never before seen on the open market, the painting was acquired directly from the artist circa 1961 and then passed by direct descent to the current owner. It was the top lot in Bonhams sale of South African Art which has consistently broken records for South African art over the past five years.
Zulu Girl, painted in 1935 at the height of Stern’s creative powers sold for £457,250 .
‘Portrait of the Artist’s Mother’
This picture by Gerard Sekoto, South Africa’s leading black artist, sold for £79,250.
WORK BY WILLIAM KENTRIDGE MADE ON THE CUSP OF POLITICAL CHANGE IN SOUTH AFRICA
The work ‘Anti-Waste’ by William Kentridge, (born 1955), an artist best known for his prints, drawings and animated films, sold for £253,250.