22801_1 Alexis Preller, Adam, 1969

Produced in 1969, Preller's intaglio and oil on fibreglass work Adam, which is estimated at $468 000, was acquired by prominent American collectors Ruth and Jerome Siegel who left South Africa shortly after it was executed. This is the first time the near life-size rendition of Adam will be on display in South Africa since its acquisition by the Siegels. Described by artist and historian Karel Nel as a ''powerful, enigmatic work of immense complexity,'' the work's significance in Preller’s oeuvre and exceptional provenance will be sure to make for competitive bidding.

Having trained at the Westminster School of Art and later at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, Preller was greatly influenced by European art, including masters Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

22903_1 Alexis Preller, Space Angel, 1971

Another rare and important Preller work on offer is Space Angel built up in the artist’s unique high-relief gesso technique and showing a disembodied aquiline head with sensuous lips. It is the first time this work will go under the hammer since the artist's estate was sold in March 1978. Following the $40 253 winning bid for Preller's Egrets,1953, at Strauss & Co's recent Cape Town auction, interest in the artist's work is hitting an all time high.

22846_1 William Joseph Kentridge, Zeno Writing, 9

South African heavyweight artist William Kentridge is on everyone's radar right now, with shows at Marian Goodman's galleries in New York, Johannesburg and London as well as at Whitechapel and at Beijing's Ullens Center.

22947_1 William Joseph Kentridge, Self Portrait

Drawings by Kentridge will also be part of the sale on November 7. Both Kentridge and Penny Siopis are to be represented in the upcoming South Africa: The Art of a Nation exhibition at The British Museum in London.

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