Will Irma Stern score another World Record art price at Bonhams?
Since the $3.7m sale of Bahora Girl last year, South Africa's Stern is the toast of the art world...
Irma Stern's (1894-1966) pre-eminent place in South African Art will be clearer than ever at Bonhams' next sale of African art, at which her pictures are estimated to sell for millions of pounds.
"You could say that the world record beating sale last year which achieved a price of R26.6m (£2,372,000 or $3,693,580) for Stern's Bahora Girl is having its effect," said Giles Peppiatt, Director of South African Art.
"We are now seeing some of the very best work by this artist, coming in for sale. For Stern collectors this sale also offers works from the full breadth of her career which makes the sale more than usually interesting."
Among the paintings being offered at Bonhams is Stern's Arab Priest. The oil on canvas is signed and dated 'Irma Stern / 1945'. Like the recent world record picture Bahora Girl, this image is also in its original Zanzibar frame.
The piece will appear in Bonhams estimated at £1.5m-2m. Watch this space for upcoming news on the auction, due to take place in London on March 23.
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