South African artist Irma Stern’s “Young Arab” sells for R13.6 million

There’s a renewed interest in Stern worldwide.

Frank Kilbourn, Strauss & Co

All three Sterns sold yesterday was bought by South Africans.

Frank Kilbourn, Strauss & Co

Irma Stern’s “Young Arab” fetched R13.6 million at Strauss & Co’s record-breaking auction.

Stern first exhibited the painting in 1942 when it sold for £40.

In 2015 another Stern painting, “The Arab in Black”, sold for R17.5 million.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Strauss & Co Executive Chairperson Frank Kilbourn.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

R13.6 million is a very satisfactory result.

Frank Kilbourn, Strauss & Co

Stern painted this when she was in the Congo.

Frank Kilbourn, Strauss & Co

Stern travelled all over Africa.

Frank Kilbourn, Strauss & Co

Stern is a good store of value.

Frank Kilbourn, Strauss & Co

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