North/South is the name of Strauss & Co’s exciting new cross-country, cross-departmental live virtual auction of art, fine wine and decorative arts, due to be held over five consecutive days from 8 – 12 November 2020.

This multi-day virtual sale replaces Strauss & Co’s remaining two flagship live sales – scheduled for October (Cape Town) and November (Johannesburg) – with a single, consolidated live virtual sale supported by a catalogue. Consigning, viewing and selling for this amalgamated sale will take place concurrently in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Strauss & Co is currently inviting consignments for its North/South sale at its Cape Town and Johannesburg offices. Consignments close end of August 2020.

Strauss & Co is South Africa’s leading auction house focusing on fine and decorative arts, jewellery, collectibles and wine. Founded in 2009 by a consortium of business leaders and industry experts, including the late auctioneer Stephan Welz, Strauss & Co has the highest market share globally amongst the four leading auction houses specialising in South African art. It began its digital journey in 2013 and in 2020 successfully hosted South Africa’s first-ever virtual live auction.

Committed to education and community engagement, Strauss & Co underwrites various initiatives and has also been a major sponsor of Hermanus FynArts for several years. Strauss & Co was awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Premier Award at the 2018 annual BASA Awards for its sustained and extraordinary commitment to the arts in South Africa.

North/South is a refinement rather than a wholesale reimagining of Strauss & Co’s historical live sales. The cross-country and cross-departmental format of North/South was suggested by the success of Strauss & Co’s virtual auctions in May and July. These socially distant events were necessitated by regulations contained in the Disaster Management Act, and North/South is a further adaptive response in Strauss & Co’s long-term digital journey.

Strauss & Co will also be holding two more online-only auctions from 12 – 19 October and from 16 – 23 November 2020. For more information visit or contact 021 683 6560 or

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