A PAINTING by the late Cape Town artist Peter Clarke sold for a record price at a Stephan Welz & Co auction this week, beating the previous highest price for the artist’s work by R100 000.
Four paintings by the acclaimed artist and writer from Ocean View, who died in April, aged 85, were sold as a part of a larger auction of South African and international art, jewellery and furniture.
Landscape with Sheep, painted in 1962, sold for R700 000 at the auction in Constantia, R400 000 more than its top estimated catalogue price of R300 000.
The painting depicts a farming scene from Tesselaarsdal in the Overberg, a region Clarke often visited in his youth.
According to Gary Shean, head of painting at Stephan Welz & Co, the previous highest price for a work by Clarke was set in February 2013, when his painting Surfers at Strandfontein sold for R600 000.