Irma Stern's $3.7 million works up for sale at Bonhams

16th September 2014, Comments 0 comments

A collection of prized paintings by one of South Africa's foremost and prolific artists, Irma Stern, go under the hammer in London next month, a British auction house announced Tuesday.

Bonhams London will on October 1 auction eleven paintings with a combined estimated value of £2.3 ($3.7) million during its biannual South African sale.

The collection dated between 1925 to 1957 "provides a succinct cross-section of her career," according to Hannah O'Leary, head of South African Art at Bonhams.

It includes "exotic portraits, sumptuous still lifes and vibrant landscapes painted in Zanzibar, Italy and... South Africa."

Born to German-Jewish parents in the Transvaal in 1894, the award-winning Stern died in Cape Town in 1966.

She is ranked among some of South Africa's top-selling artists of all times.

© 2014 AFP

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