Strauss & Co Auctions Presents SA’s First Combined Art and Fine Wine Online Auction!

Strauss & Co auctions presents SA’s first combined art and fine wine online auction with Burgundy and Champagne themed fine wine and art auction now online until 16 March.

A recent development for Strauss & Co auctions has been their significant foray into online auctions and now, for the first time, Strauss & Co presents a combined art and fine wine online auction. Bidding on Straussart.co.za runs until the 16th of March with 80 lots from 35 producers on auction, including a fine mix of mature wines and highly sought-after collectables.

It’s the kind of auction that allows for relaxed browsing and careful consideration, set to include a line-up of iconic wines from South Africa, Burgundy & Champagne, alongside a wealth of art. Paintings, works on paper and prints by top South African artists, such as Marlene Dumas, William Kentridge, Walter Battiss. Robert Hodgins, Claudette Schreuders, Simon Stone, and many others form part of the lots on offer. There is also a fine selection of silver, glassware, ceramics and furniture. Some interesting collector’s items will also be offered, including a collection of corkscrews and two car number plates. The sale concludes with the wine session.

Strauss & Co is founded on prodigious expertise and distinctive presentation and is synonymous with top quality art, decorative arts and jewellery.

With an average turnover per annum of over R155 million and an average sell-through rate of over 80%, Strauss & Co has sold nine of the ten most expensive paintings ever auctioned in South Africa as well as holding numerous artists’ sale records.

Strauss & Co was established in 2008 by celebrated figures in the business world, Mrs Elisabeth Bradley and Dr Conrad Strauss as well as art doyen Stephan Welz, with the purpose of placing auctioneering on a plane worthy of the best South Africa has to offer in both the fine and decorative arts.

In March 2009 Strauss & Co held its highly successful inaugural auction selling over 87% of the lots on offer and turning over almost R 39 million.
Shortly afterwards a Cape Town office was established and auctions have been held bi-annually in both Johannesburg and Cape Town ever since.

In 2013, Strauss & Co became the first art auction house in South Africa to hold online art auctions featuring works of art by well-known artists that are targeted at entry-level buyers.

StraussOnline has grown exponentially with an average of four online auctions now being held annually.

“Burgundy wines have surged in demand world-wide recently, as collectors hone in on the most hallowed producers and vineyards,” says Roland Peens, Director of Wine Cellar fine wine merchants and Strauss & Co wine auction partner. “Mature bottles are ever more rare and the Strauss & Co online sale offers the most special Chardonnay in the world, Le Montrachet, as well as one of the most special Pinot Noir vineyards, Bonne-Mares. Burgundy is the home of Pinot and Chardonnay, a historical and very special region in east-central France. Many believe the elegant dry white and red wines from Burgundy are the pinnacle of wine.”

Just north of Burgundy is the region of Champagne which produces the most treasured sparkling wines in the world. Mature Grand Marque Champagnes are on offer, a sophisticated and complex wine that few can match. Incredible Champagnes back to the 1980s from the likes of Salon, Dom Perignon, Drappier and Laurent Perrier are on offer. Rare Burgundies back to the 1990s include fine bottles from George Roumier, Coche-Dury, Joseph Drouhin, Rene Engel and Comte de Vogue.

South Africa has a rich heritage of producing quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and is considered among the finest outside of Burgundy. Produced in small pockets across the Cape, very little mature wine is available in the market however. Strauss & Co offers pristine stock from the top producers including Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Crystallum, Kershaw, Lismore, Meerlust, Newton Johnson, Paul Cluver, Storm Wines and Restless River.

The process of online bidding is simple. After registration on the website, bidding confirmations and updates are sent to the bidder via email and sms. Bid from anywhere, at anytime on the fine wine and art lots of this combined Strauss & Co fine wine and art online auction which runs until Monday the 16th of March, 8pm.


1. Register
To place a bid on the Strauss & Co art and fine wine online auctions you must first register for the auction to receive a bidder number. Registration can only take place once the auction has opened on 04 March at 8am. You can do this simply by clicking on the “Register to Bid” link and completing the short online form.

2. Browse
You can easily browse online the auction by lot or by producer

3. Bid
To place a bid click on “Submit your Bid” to show the bidding popup and then just press the submit button to accept the next bid value. Strauss & Co can also bid on your behalf if you enter a maximum amount.

Vital online bidding information

How will I know when I’m outbid
The system will send you an email and an SMS every time you are outbid on a lot. Please note that due to high traffic volumes we don’t send out notifications in the last hour of an auction.

How do I submit a Commission Bid?
When placing a bid you have the option to submitting a Commission Bid. You can set a maximum amount and the system will bid on your behalf, when required, until your ceiling has been reached. Strauss & Co will notify you once you have actually been outbid so that you can sign in and extend your maximum bid.

How will I know if I was successful?
Once the auction is done Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auctions will send you an email detailing which lots you have purchased and how you can go about checking out.

International shipping
On purchasing wines from the auction, international shipping can be arranged with the specialised wine couriers, The Vineyard Connection, with the cost of the shipping for the buyer’s own account. Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auctions will assist you in requesting a delivery quote.

Wine Cellar’s 17-year history and close connections to South Africa’s best wine producers means securing exclusive releases and specialising not only in SA’s most sought-after wines but in Europe’s finest too and having an innate knack for unearthing future winemaking stars.

As well as providing top South African and international fine wine with expert advice to private customers, Wine Cellar is also the largest private wine storage facility in Africa managing 25 000 cases at any given time.

Wine Cellar will also host your private or corporate tastings with the option to create your own tailored tasting. You’ll find the Wine Cellar Cape Town tasting room at Price’s Park, Nelson Road, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925 and the Wine Cellar Johannesburg tasting room at Suite 1108 Dunkeld West Shopping Centre, Dunkeld, Johannesburg.


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