Lucas SITHOLE

1931 - 1994

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Recent auction sales in SA, the U.K. and the USA

Important notice to present owners

If you own a work by Lucas Sithole which is not included on this website and you feel it merits to be considered, please send us full details with photographs suitable for reproduction. Your name will not be disclosed unless with your written permission, except for Corporate and University or Museum Collections.

Your collaboration is particularly useful as there have been various attempts since 2004 to offer by auction both in South Africa and abroad works wrongly attributed to the one and only Lucas T. Sithole. There have also been attempts to pass off some works as genuine works by Lucas Sithole which were in fact done by other artists during the late 1950s (details on request). 

If you wish to dispose of your works by Lucas Sithole, please send us full details with good photographs suitable for reproduction, and our office will be pleased to give you a certificate of authenticity, at no costs, and if required, submit a free estimate. You need to submit the work, however, directly to your auctioneers.

Important notice to previous owners

In order to keep our extensive research files on the late Lucas Sithole up-to-date, we would appreciate your advising us if you disposed of a work in the past. This is most important should there be a museum exhibition planned at some future date, so that new owners can be contacted for a loan of their sculpture. All such information will be kept confidential and only used for museum exhibition purposes.

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Recent auction sales through Sotheby's, Bonham's and Other Auctioneers

Last updated to 12th June, 2012 - this page will no longer be updated as sufficient information is available from the auctioneers' archives available on the web!

Sotheby's / Welz in South Africa + Sotheby Associates in the U.S.A.

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Sotheby's / Welz

Register 

Title Medium Hammer Price

Auction Date / Lot 

LS

Sculptures Size (cm) ZAR * CHF**

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Johannesburg - sculptures

07.06.1993 / 024

QRY.C

Standing figure# wood and resin

48 cm H

 5500

2'600

08.05.2000 / 841 LS 7003.1 Mother and child, 1970 Bronze 1/3 139x019x015 72000 17'300
08.05.2000 / 842 LS 7419 Please don't !, 1974 Ironwood 035x048x022   7500  1'800
12.11.2001 / 529 QRY.B Elongated figure# wood/liquid steel base 57.5 cm H

18500

3'200

13.05.2002 / 508 LS 8708 Guilty, 1987 Rhodesian teak

148x067x048

39600+

6'000

12.05.2003 / 529 LS 9303 Head in green, 1993 Wood with copper oxide patina

57 cm H

16500+ 2'800
12.05.2003 / 542 LS7840 Mother of the Crocs (Mandendevu), 1978 Msimbiti wood

038x128x???

33000+ 5'600
20.10.2003 / 350 QRY.GG

Standing elongated figure#

Rhodesian teak#

65 cm H

14300+ 2'800
31.05.2004 / 539 LS7006

Wounded Buffalo III.

Liquid steel

025x026x061

27500+ 5'300
15.11.2004 / 641 LS8509

The good shepherd (Kingfisher)

Swazi wild olive wood

079x041x017

55000+ 10'700
17.08.2010 / 392 QRY.D

Standing figure, ≈1974/1975

Mahogany on liquid steel base

50 cm H

168000+ 23'700
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Cape Town - sculptures

01.04.2003 / 521 LS 8312.0

Dancing in the air, 1983

Indigenous wood (Zulu)

103x029x018 16500+  2'800
26.10.2004 / 694 QRY.KK

Elongated figure#

Mahogany 92.5 cm H 41800+  8'200
26.05.2009 / 349 LS7548

"I'm the happiest" ("Ngijabulile"), 1975

Mahogany on liquid steel base 43.5 cm H 53760+ 7'100
29.05.2012 / 462 LS7551

"But why?", 1975

Wild olive wood 40 cm H 29'100+ 3'300
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Johannesburg - paintings and other media

08.05.1995 / 112 QRY.D The happy wanderer oil/board 84x044

R 2'600

n/a
11.08.1999 / 096 LS6818 The Buffalo (The Bull) acrylic/paper 62x105 R 5'500 n/a
12.11.2001 / 496 LS6818 The Buffalo  acrylic/paper 62x105 R12000 n/a
13.05.2002 / 270 LS6310 Two figures embracing moulded copper plaque 67.5x27.5 R 3'080 n/a
18.04.2005 / 065 LS6725 Buffalo brush and ink 82x101 R12100+ n/a
18.04.2005 / 066 LS6726 Leopard brush and ink 62x101 R14300+ n/a
05.09.2005 / 430 LS6314 Two figures embracing moulded copper plaque 70x24.5 R13200+ n/a
16.04.2007 / 597 LS6315 Naked couple moulded copper plaque 62.5x27 R71500+ 12'100
16.04.2008 / 680 LS6315 Naked couple moulded copper plaque 62.5x27 no bid n/a
04.08.2009 / 327 LS6730 Mother and Child incised and painted glass panel 86x41 R12320 1'630
16.11.2010 / 493 LS6723 A big hug (The Couple) acryl/board 123x71 R25000 3'500
             

Note:

Titles or names marked with an # are not the original titles or names given by the artist, but have been ascribed as such by the auctioneers - will intending sellers please supply SOTHEBY's with original invoice or other original data  - it will make life easier later on!  
* = excluding buying comm.; + = including buyer's premium; ** approx. equivalent at time of auction 

To see images of works sold by auction in Johannesburg or elsewhere, click on the Register numbers where linked or search for "auction" on the internal search engine. The following are but two examples:  

LS 6203 (two casts sold)  

Lucas SITHOLE LS6203.4 "Lost shepherd" ("Little lost herdboy"), 1962 - Bronze 4/4 - 039x013x014 cm

LS 7419  >

Lucas SITHOLE LS7419 "Please don't!", 1974 - Ironwood - 035x048x022 cm

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Houston TX

Online auction held by Sotheby's Associates Sands of Time Antiquities in November 2001, including a number of other SA artists  from the Rex Grey Family Collection

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Sotheby.com

Register 

Title Medium  Realised

Auction Date / Lot 

LS

Sculptures

Size (cm)

US$ * CH **

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12.11.01 / Lot 39CQT

LS6816

Waiting woman with head scarf, 1968 Rhodesian teak 44 cm H  sold n/a
12.11.01 / Lot 39CR5 LS7006 Wounded buffalo III., 1970 Liquid steel 62 cm H 489 800
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Note: * = incl. buyer's premium ** approx. equivalent at time of auction 

Should you be the new owner of any of the other above listed works, please advise our office confidentially as under, so that our master register may be updated. This will make it easier for museums to draw in due course on works by the late Lucas SITHOLE for exhibition and catalogue purposes, and may well be in your own interest.

Bonham's London

Bonham's New Bond Street London

Bonham's

Register 

Title Medium  Realised

Auction Date / Lot 

LS

Sculptures

Size (cm)

GBP CH **
23.05.07 / Sale 15349 Lot 161 LS9202 I thought I made it (Horse), 1992 Indigenous wood 43x27x18 cm 3840* 9'300
30.01.08 / Sale 15681 Lot 182 LS9205 Here I come! (Sengifikile), 1992 Red ivory wood 65x67x29 cm 4200* 9'100
14.10.09 / Sale 16848 Lot 112 LS6301.var The wounded leopard, 1963 Bronze - not established ed. 31x48x45 cm not sold n/a
14.10.09 / Sale 16848 Lot 156 LS8713 Dancing, 1987 Zulu Indigenous wood 62x20x11 cm 9600 15'600
26.10.11 / Sale 18966 Lot 393 LS6802 "Begging Hyena" ("Pleading Hyena") ("Hyena"), 1968 Rhodesian teak 56x131x56 cm 18750 26100
26.10.11 / Sale 18966 Lot 420 LS6008 "African Man", abt. 1960 Indigenous wood 35x11x5 cm 5625 7'800
21.03.12 / Sale 19601 Lot 110 LS9006 "Waving in the water", 1990 Zulu Indigenous wood 67x19x23 cm not sold n/a
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  Note: * = incl. buyer's premium ** approx. equivalent at time of auction
 

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Bonham's London

Bonham's Knightsbridge London

Bonham's

Register 

Title Medium  Realised

Auction Date / Lot 

LS

Sculptures, paintings, drawings

Size (cm)

GBP CH **
23.03.10 / Sale 17941 Lot 036 LS6301.var The wounded leopard Bronze - not established ed. 31x48x45 cm not sold n/a
23.03.10 / Sale 17941 Lot 096 LS6614 Guitar player, 1966 Charcoal and wash 94x75 cm not sold n/a
26.10.10 / Sale 17942 Lot 084 LS6614 Guitar player, 1966 Charcoal and wash

94x75 cm

1'080 1'700
             
  Note: * = incl. buyer's premium ** approx. equivalent at time of auction

 

 

Other auctioneers

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Strauss & Co Fine Art Auctioneers, Johannesburg

Strauss&Co

Register 

Title Medium Hammer Price (including buyer's premium)

Auction Date / Lot 

LS

Sculptures Size (cm) ZAR CHF**
09.03.2009 / 129 LS6729 Standing figure Rhodesian teak on liquid steel base 78x18x17

133'680

16'000
07.09.2009 / 120 LS7917 Don't leave me alone! (Musani), 1979 Hardekool 52x67x48 189'380 26'500
16.05.2011 / 290 LS6718 Charging Afrikander (Afrikaner Bull), 1967 Ironwood 64x98x56 946'900 120'000
07.11.2011 / 122 LS6836 The coal miner, 1968 Mixed media on paper 100x62.5 not sold n/a
07.11.2011 / 323 LS7912 When I'm guitaring (I'm guitaring), 1979 Msimbiti wood 237x036x035 668'400 76'100
07.11.2011 / 329 LS9005 How long is this going to be ...? (Koze kubenini), 1990 Zulu indigenous wood 153x058x027 334'200 38'100
07.11.2011 / 340 LS7566 I'm listening I., 1975 Wild olive on liquid steel base 051x010x010 155'900 17'800
11.06.2012 / 403 LS6217 Praying woman, 1962 Timulo (sneeze) wood 071x024x015 not sold n/a

        ** approx. equivalent at time of auction

Figures in red reflect the latest world record prices obtained for Lucas SITHOLE's works

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Graham's Fine Art Auctioneers, Johannesburg

Graham's Fine Arts

Register 

Title Medium Hammer Price

Auction Date / Lot 

LS

Sculptures Size (cm) ZAR CHF**
19.05.2010 / 109 LS6008 African Man, abt. 1960 Indigenous wood 35x11x05 not sold n/a

** approx. equivalent at time of auction

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Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, Johannesburg

Russell Kaplan

Register 

Title Medium Hammer Price

Auction Date / Lot 

LS

Sculptures Size (cm) ZAR CHF**
07.11.2009 / P94 LS6815.2 Winter, 1968 bronze 2/3 76x32x27

115'000

15'700
13.08.2011 / P73 QRY.MM8 Standing figure (Dancing figure), 1963 Kiaat on liquid steel 045x007x006 not sold n/a

** approx. equivalent at time of auction

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Westgate Walding Auctioneers, Sandton

Westgate Walding

Register 

Title Medium Hammer Price

Auction Date / Lot 

LS

Paintings Size (cm) ZAR CHF**
26.01.2008 / 432 LS6820 Dogs and Pups II. mixed med/board 63x101.5

41'800

6'500

** approx. equivalent at time of auction

 

A few Sculptures are still available privately in Europe

A few sculptures by Lucas Sithole are available from private collectors in Switzerland. Please click here for further details on these and a few works by other SA artists.

In addition, a list of mainly out-of-print art books on SA artists (including Lucas Sithole) which are still available, can also be requested from " pelmama.thf at gmail.com".

page under construction, results being moved to appropriate sites - 7th June 2017

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