An art expert has spotted a painting valued at up to £1m, which was once sold to help fund Nelson Mandela’s legal defence, being used as a noticeboard in a London flat.
The painting, Arab in Black, a 1939 work by Irma Stern – regarded as South Africa’s leading artist, whose works have recently been soaring in value – was recognised by Hannah O’Leary, a specialist in South African art at Bonhams auction house, during a valuation visit to the flat.
“I spotted this masterpiece hanging in the kitchen covered in letters, postcards and bills. It was a hugely exciting find, even before I learned of its political significance,” she said.
Irma Stern was born in 1894 to German Jewish parents at Schweizer- Reneke, a small town in the North West Province of…
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