Bonham's South African Sale on October 1 in London included works by Irma Stern, Gerard Sekoto and Jacob Hendrik Pierneef. Containing 128 lots, the auction sold for a total of $3.8 M (£2.4 M).

With a wide array of motifs and styles, the art at Bonham's South African Sale proved to be in demand. Works by Gerard Sekoto and Alexis Preller reached high numbers; Preller's The Creation of Adam II sold for $528,768 (£326,500) and Pirogues, Beau Vallon sold for $198,389 (£122,500). Sekoto's The Kitchen Table sold for $256,691 (£158,500) and The Paris Métro for $80,975 (£50,000).

ALEXIS PRELLER. he Creation of Adam II. 1968. ALEXIS PRELLER. he Creation of Adam II. 1968. Photo via Bonhams

However, it was Irma Stern's work that made the biggest splash. Stern's Still Life with African Woman sold for $1,558,775 (£962,500), making it the top-grossing lot from the auction. The lot included the original Zanzibar frame as well as the painting itself, making this a particularly outstanding piece. In March 2014, Bonham's held their first South African art auction where Stern was also a big seller, her piece Zanzibar Woman sold for $ 1.7 M (£1.1 M).

IRMA STERN. Still life with African Woman. 1945 IRMA STERN. Still life with African Woman. 1945. Photo via Bonhams

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