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Roger Ballen’s Die Antwoord images feature in Strauss & Co’s online auction.

"Spooky Eyes further cemented Ballen’s reputation as one of the most influential and important photographers of this century".

Roger Ballen’s acclaimed photographs of South African music heavyweights, Die Antwoord, are among the highlights of Strauss & Co’s upcoming South African and International Art, Decorative Arts & Jewellery online-only auction which opened on Monday 30thApril. Among the digital photographs on auction is Spooky Eyes, a 2012 image that further cemented Ballen’s reputation as one of the most influential and important photographers of this century.

Strauss & Co is an acknowledged pioneer of the online auction platform in South Africa, with its inaugural digital sale having taken place in 2013. In taking this step five years ago, Strauss & Co was at the forefront of a worldwide move to complement the traditional auction format with an online element. The recently released Hiscox Online Art Trade Report 2018 revealed that online art market sales reached an estimated $4.22 billion in 2017, up 12% from the year before. The report also found that “almost three quarters (74%) of online art buyers bought more than one art object online in the last 12 months, and are expanding the range and type of artworks and collectibles that they buy”. Strauss & Co’s current South African and International Art, Decorative Arts & Books online-only auction has great scope for these kinds of buyers who are looking to expand their collections.

Since moving into the online auction space in 2013, Strauss & Co Online has built a platform that is easy to use, with buyers able to navigate sales from the comfort of their homes during the week-long period of the sale. The platform contains a wealth of information about bidding online for novice buyers and those new to the online format. In this way, Stauss & Co’s online auctions are playing an important role in the support of new collectors. The auction ends today.

*Article by Bina Genovese

 

Spooky Eyes
Roger Ballen – Spooky Eyes – Est R8000 – R10000

 

 

 

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