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A painting by one of South Africa's notable artists, Irma Stern, has been discovered in a flat in London. Valued at £1-million, the painting is historically significant because it was auctioned to raise funds for the trial of Nelson Mandela and others accused of treason.
South African artists present a unique South African identity to the world, and the high prices many local artists fetch internationally are testament to the growing interest in the calibre of local artists – as well as in that identity.
Still Life with African Woman, a work by South African ​expressionist Irma Stern, fetched R17,6-million at an art auction in London on Wednesday.