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Why buy art with Aspire?

Aspire Art Auctions is a leading South African Fine Art auction house with offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Highly regarded for its innovative and intelligent approach, Aspire assists collectors in buying and selling the finest art produced on the African continent. One of the rising stars in the international art market, Aspire has a growing track record in presenting for sale the most coveted and desirable examples from its specialist fields of Modern and Contemporary South African Art and African Art.

Aspire’s highly skilled and experienced specialist will assist you in shaping your collection with Art Consulting & Advisory services, ensuring your get the best advice when deciding to sell or buy an artwork.

While the thought of an art auction can conjure images of fast-talking auctioneers, adrenaline-fuelled bidding and eleventh-hour drama, it can also feel intimidating to a first-time collector. In reality, bidding has never been easier or more accessible, whether you want to attend a live auction at one of Aspire’s auction salerooms around the world, or simply do it online from home.

Aspire sells fine art across various price points, particularly in timed-online sales, where you might pick up an original work for a few thousand rand.


How to buy at Aspire

Online & Mobile

To bid online, create an account and register for live bidding in our digital saleroom. The digital saleroom is a new platform which gives clients the ability to place bids in real time online or through our our website or App (for Apple or Android).

If you wish to participate in our next auction using our new live bidding platform, please register 24 hours in advance of the sale. If you do not wish to bid, registration is not required to watch the auction.


To attend an auction and bid in person you will need to register for a paddle in advance of the sale by filling out and submitting a registration form.

Absentee/Commission & Telephone

To bid in an auction you will not be attending, please complete the form for either absentee or telephone bidding and submit via email at least 24 hours before the sale. For absentee/commission bids, Aspire will bid on your behalf and attempt to purchase the lot for you at the lowest price, allowing for other bids and reserves, up to your pre-submitted maximum bid.

For telephone bids, we will contact you during the sale, and a saleroom representative will bid live with you over the phone. Bid amounts do not include buyer’s premium and applicable sales tax.


If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us

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