Meet the woman who discovered Irma Stern’s painting - ‘Arab in Black’

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson speaks to the woman who discovered a valuable painting which the owners were not aware of its value.

Hannah O’Leary, a specialist in South African art at Bonham's Auction House, during a valuation visit of a flat in London made a discovery of Irma stern’s painting ‘Arab in Black’.

It is understood the parents of the present owner relocated to the United Kingdom in the 70s bringing their auction prize painting with them.

O’Leary says ‘being an auctioneer, it’s not every day that a discovery like this is made’.

Although the painting was used as a notice board, it is not damaged; it is still in its original form.

Click below to listen to her story:

Also read the article below:

R19 million discarded Irma Stern to see value skyrocket on Madiba connection?

An Irma Stern painting entitled “Arab in Black” - valued at about R19 million - has been found in a London flat where it was used as a notice board.

The painting was once sold to help fund Nelson Mandela’s legal defence.

Irma Stern is regarded as South Africa’s leading artist, whose works have recently been soaring in value.

Stephen Grootes asked Phillipa Duncan, Independent Art consultant at In Association, if the Mandela story will add to the valuation.

Scroll down to listen to the audio.


This article first appeared on 702 : Meet the woman who discovered Irma Stern’s painting - ‘Arab in Black’


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