Press Release

New Auction House Expands the Art Market

Earlier this month, news broke that Mary Jane Darroll and Ruarc Peffers have teamed up to form Aspire Art Auctions. With financial backing from businessmen Brian Joffe and Adrian Gore, this new auctioneering firm intends to preserve and develop the African art market while raising…

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15 Jun 2016

New team out to promote South African art

“There is never a better time to do something than now,” goes the saying. So when the art market is weak, like it currently is worldwide, it could be the right time to establish a new business. This is one of the motives behind the…

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05 Jul 2016

Aspire Art Auctions announces team

Last month, Mary-Jane Darroll and Ruarc Peffers introduced their new auctioneering firm, Aspire Art Auctions, to the South African market. They are now pleased to introduce their partners; Emma Bedford and Jacqui Carney. This powerhouse of art specialists collectively offers in excess of eighty years’…

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15 Jul 2016

About Aspire Art Auctions

2016 saw the birth of Aspire Art Auctions, a South African-based, specialist auctioneering company formed in the climate of the country’s rapidly growing art industry. At the core of Aspire is a small team with unequalled knowledge and experience in the South African art industry…

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20 Jul 2016

Aspires First Auction Set to Soar

New art auction house, Aspire, launches its first auction on 31 October 2016 at The Park on 7 in Hyde Park, a stunning new white-cube venue, in which superior works of art will be superbly displayed to best effect. With a dream team of knowledgeable…

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05 Aug 2016

Aspire Initiates a New Era in Art Auctions

New art auction house, Aspire, launches its first auction on 31 October 2016 at The Park on 7 in Hyde Park. With a dream team of knowledgeable art experts aware of the phenomenal global growth of the art market, Aspire Art Auctions aims to inject…

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05 Sep 2016

Three Centuries of Art at Aspire Art Auctions

Aspire Art Auction’s inaugural sale on 31 October 2016 at The Park on 7 in Hyde Park, Johannesburg includes an extraordinary range of South African art from across three centuries. The earliest work on offer, Drying Fruit, painted in 1896, is a fine example of…

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05 Oct 2016

From Pierneef to Pefection

The line-up for Aspire Art Auction’s inaugural sale on 31 October 2016 at The Park on 7 in Hyde Park, Johannesburg includes an extraordinary selection of art with wide appeal. Works range from JH Pierneef’s breathtaking Karoo near Hofmeyer, painted in 1930 probably while traveling…

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10 Oct 2016

Exceeding High Expectations

Aspire Art Auctions achieved a staggeringly high average of R322 527 per lot in its inaugural Johannesburg auction. This is more than 600% over the average price per lot of R50 800 attained in South African auction houses, in the first half of 2016, as…

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05 Dec 2016