Have your South African art appraised by Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s launches Modern and Contemporary African Art auction.

Led by Hannah O’Leary, the newly-appointed Head of Modern and Contemporary African Art, Sotheby’s will host their first dedicated sales of Modern and Contemporary African Art in London next year.


Irma Stern’s “Arab Priest” fetched $5 million under O’Leary’s watch

With over a decade of experience, Hannah has played an instrumental role in developing the markets for both Contemporary African Art and the more traditional area of South African Art, setting new benchmarks and helping raise the international profile of this rapidly evolving field.

“I’m delighted to join Sotheby’s, and look forward to embracing the enhanced possibilities and opportunities that come with being part of the team here. Sotheby’s auctions, starting next year, will provide an unprecedented platform for Modern and Contemporary African Art. There’s enormous untapped potential in this market, and together we are perfectly poised to explore it to the full,” says Hannah O’Leary.

OLeary-Hannah-sothebys-743x1024O’Leary first joined Sotheby’s in 2005 before moving to Bonhams in London and by 2010 was heading up their Modern & Contemporary African Art department. Her first auction as head of department, the South African Sale in March 2011, totalled over £8.7 million and remains the highest grossing sale of South African Art ever to have been held worldwide. Hannah was also instrumental in obtaining world record prices for all major African artists, including Irma Stern, Vladimir Tretchikoff, J.H. Pierneef, Alexis Preller, Gerard Sekoto, El Anatsui, Ben Enwonwu and Yusuf Grillo.

Hannah maintains close relationships with private collectors and public institutions alike, often advising on their collections and assisting with private sales and exhibition loans, most recently as international consultant to the South African National Gallery and contributing author to the Irma Stern retrospective catalogue ‘Brushing Up on Stern’ (Cape Town, 2015).

Hannah O’Leary will be available for appraisals by appointment in Johannesburg 27-29 June, and Cape Town 30 June – 4 July. Interested art owners can make an appointment by emailing Hannah.OLeary@sothebys.com.

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  1. Anneliese Stewart

    I have some South African paintings
    Sydney Carter. Erich Mayer, Gordon Vorster…..and others
    would like to have them valued
    can I send photos and dimensions?

    Anneliese Stewart

  2. Laura Joubert

    My mother has an Adriaan Boshoff landscape she would like appraised and possible sold.

    I have pictures – the painting is about 80cm x 60 cm

    Please advise how best to proceed

  3. Magdalene Goliath

    I would like to have a painting appraised. What is the procedure regarding? Painting is Flatford Mill by John Constable.

    Magdalene Goliath

  4. Allan Blyth

    Good Day, I would like to have a few paintings appraised, please will you tell me the procedure, can I send you photos by email and if so to what email address

    Kind Regards

    Allan Blyth

  5. Davina Kirby

    The art collection is in our seaside house , and we wish to sell several pieces. Could an appraiser call or write, to establish the procedure?. Thank you.

  6. Andre Jordaan

    Good Afternoon,
    I am the artist of a Sculpture named Glory.
    I want to have my Sculpture appraised, and want to know if it is suitable for Sotherbys Auctions.
    I am a South African living in Cape Town.

    What would the procedure be.

  7. Author
    Private Edition Editor

    Sotheby’s specialists visit South Africa regularly to provide appraisals for upcoming sales in every category in London, New York and Hong Kong. If you would like to know how much your art or object might be worth and how to sell it or require any information about upcoming sales at Sotheby’s, simply email hannah.oleary@sothebys.com

  8. Ernst Pretorius

    I would like to have some South African paintings valued, with the intention to sell it by Sotheby’s auction, if possible. I would like to know how to arrange for an appointment.

      1. Ernst Pretorius

        Thank you for the reply, Much appreciated, Will certainly do that. See that she is available from 29 May 19.

  9. Judith

    I would llike to contact you to have some paintings, amongst other things valued. I would like to contact Southbys privately. I see that this site is not secure.

  10. Leigh

    I have a limited edition Mandela hand print with certificate of authenticity
    And I would like to sell it.

  11. Chris Chrystal

    Good Day,

    I have an oil painting of a mountain scene by a painter – who has signed C A Favorelli. The signature might be Savoretti – I am not sure. Is the artist known and are his/her paintings worth anything?


  12. Mr Johan Prinsloo

    I have a complete set of The Masterpiece Library of short stories: the thousand best complete tales of all times an all countries, Edited by Sir J.A. Hammerton and published by The Educational Book Company in London. I cannot find a date of publication, but suspect it could be in the 1920’s. It is a Special Edition set.

    The books are a little bit damaged, but the set is complete.

    What would you suspect will be the worth of such a set?

    1. Author
      Private Edition Editor

      Hi Johan,

      If you would like to know how much your complete set of The Masterpiece Library of short stories is worth and for any other queries you can email hannah.oleary@sothebys.com

  13. Giorgio Pizzo

    Good day, I have a set of tea cups and saucers Royal Dalton. (1 cup broken) and one coffee set of Japanese china in mint conditions.
    Who could I approach for valuation ? Am prepared to take them anywhere for inspection.

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