SA's top-10 bankable artists

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South African fine art prices have risen by about 33% over the past 10 years in US dollar terms, according to in-house indices compiled for the latest South Africa Wealth Report.

Global fine art prices have risen by 18% over the same period.

According to the report - by New World Wealth and AfrAsia Bank - Irma Stern is currently the most valuable South African artist. Stern's paintings can fetch up to $2.5m (about R35m) each, with an average price of around $350 000 (R5m) per painting.

The global top-end art market is valued at around $75bn, of which African art accounts for around $1bn, and of which $460m is held in South Africa specifically.

The SA Wealth Report's top 10 bankable artists for 2019 (in no particular order):

JH Pierneef



Irma Stern


Maggie Laubser


Gerard Sekoto

Sydney Kumalo (sculpture)

William Kentridge

William Kentridge exhibition to take place in Augu

Anton van Wouw (sculpture)

Miner with hand drill by Anton van Wouw, 1911. (Pi

The top-10 list is rounded off by Alexis Preller; Vladimir Tretchikoff and John Meyer.

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