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Bret Murry’s latest satirical artwork brakes record at auction

 Bret Murry’s latest satirical artwork brakes record at auction

One of SA’s foremost satirical artists, Bretty Murray received the highest bid of the night at the Wavescape Art Board Charity Auction held in Woodstock, Cape Town last night. Selling for R55 000, it broke record highs for any board sold at the surfing festival auction in the last 10 years.

About 300 people pulled into the Superette in Woodstock for an evening of hilarity and bonhomie, helped along with some craft beer and wine as comedian Rob Van Vuuren pushed the vibing crowd to the limits in a bid to get his hands into their pockets and handbags all in the name of charity.

He did that, by squeezing R211,000 out of them in total. After Murray’s board, the next highest was a metal work surfboard by Conrad Hicks that went for R30,000. It was a bargain at that price, say punters, saying that his work in an exhibition would fetch R70,000.

And so it was for several happy buyers who came away with amazing deals. The Mikhael Subotzky piece – the main iteration is currently on sale at a Paris exhibition for 20,000 euro (about R284,000) – sold for R11,000,

The Roger Ballen, depicting a ghostly face, sold for R17,500, while another big surprise was the Kim Longhurst and Scott Robertson double-sided creation, which went for R7,000. Peter van Straten’s ethereal human-faced jellyfish fetched R16,000.

Conn Bertish was stoked with the R20,000 that his Zulu Impi shield went for. It was the third-highest board at the auction, proving that concept can sometimes trump creator.

Alan Van Gysen’s photographic underwater image went for R17,500, while Alice Edy’s was sold for R9,000. The One Love Studio again produced an outstanding work. Their double-sided creation went for R17,000.

Beneficiaries are the NSRI, Shark Spotters and the Isiqalo Foundation’s Waves for Change programme.

The surfboard for 2013 comes from a new innovation in surfboard design – the Shred Stick, a 6’0 high performance shape, shaped by Dutchie Surf Designs.

Ironically, just before the auction began, Dutchie, who recently lost his surfboard factory in a fire, was chatting to  Kai Linder live on air at the Two Oceans Vibe studio on the first floor of the Woodstock Exchange just above the Superette.

Dutchie came to town later to enjoy the jol and drown some sorrow.

The surfboards were on show at Superette from 27 November.

Artists on board

1.    Brett Murray –
2.    Kim Longhurst & Scott Robertson
3.    Peter van Straten
4.    Isiqalo Board –
5.    Mikhael Subotzky –
6.    Conrad Hicks –
7.    Roger Ballen –
8.    Alice Edy –
9.    Manuela Gray –
10.    Alan van Gysen –
11.    Conn Bertish –
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