Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 14.51.45 Ed Young's sculpture of Archbishop Tutu
Image via Strauss & Co

The highlight of the sale was Ed Young's sculpture of Archbishop Tutu flying from a chandelier, which was commissioned in 2010 by the Institute for Democracy in SA. The piece was estimated to fetch between £25 000 - 30 000, on the night it fetched a staggering £47 000.

Prior to the sale, Strauss & Co had this statement on their website: "Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the first black Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, well known for his steadfast and unapologetic public voice, is also celebrated for his good humour. Upon seeing Ed Young's super-realist sculpture depicting a likeness of him swinging from a chandelier, Tutu laughed and pulled a fist at the work's creator. 'I'll send you bad dreams,' he told Young."

Robert Hodgin's J'accuse made a new record for his work as it sold for £140 000, whilst his other work in the sale Porn King was purchased for £50 000.

Strauss & Co listed the top lots from the sale as follows:
Berlinde De Bruyckere, Schmerzensmann III
Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff, Zulu Maiden 
Wolf Kibel, Portrait of the Artist's Son
Robert Griffiths Hodgins, J'accuse
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Wild Pear Trees
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, The Maluti Mountains
Alexis Preller, Mapogga Wedding
William Joseph Kentridge, Head
Robert Griffiths Hodgins, The Porn King
Ed Young, Arch

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