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Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:56

A Politically Significant Irma Stern Painting Has Been Discovered in London

The Stern painting was originally sold to help fund Nelson Mandela's legal defense. The Stern painting was originally sold to help fund Nelson Mandela's legal defense. Wikipedia

An art expert has spotted a painting valued at up to £1m, which was once sold to help fund Nelson Mandela’s legal defense, 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.

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