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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