Aspire Art Auctions

Aspire is an auction house with a clear vision that focuses entirely on the promotion of the fine arts. It represents a grouping of partners with formidable agglomerated knowledge and specialisation – representing the longest combined secondary art market experience in South Africa. “Our goal is to promote, advance, build and sustain the South African art market, not only on home soil but with a specific and intentional international reach,” says partner, Mary-Jane Darroll.


Over the past two decades, the South African art market has emerged from a small enterprise to a multi-million-rand industry and is increasingly developing in value to be more in line with international pricing. Though the quality of art produced locally is on par with international art, the values still tend to lag. 

According to Ruarc Peffers, South Africa’s leading art auctioneer, “significant international interest in the African art market is based on both the caliber of the art produced and its increasing value in the global market.” He continues, “Aspire's interest in the industry is to build a significant and strong market for South African and African art now and into the future, and to increase the profile of local art and artists, both here and abroad.”


Aspire Art Auctions represents almost forty yearsexperience in the art industry, and this experience is coupled with renowned businessmen, Brian Joffe and Adrian Gore, who are providing the backing and support to launch this specialist auctioneering firm, which will present a serious force in the art market. As enthusiastic art collectors, both Joffe and Gore, are aware of concerns that there is a lack of expertise and sustainability in the market, and have recognised the opportunity and potential impact this firm offers.


At the heart of this new business is the preservation and development of the art industries in Africa and, ultimately, the raised profile of African modern and contemporary art and artists abroad. The company enjoys the participation of director Kevin Handelsman, who was instrumental in the initiation of the companys funding structures.


In a gesture largely unprecedented in the present market, Aspire Art Auctions will produce curated auctions of top-quality historical, modern and contemporary African and South African art. Exclusive focus on art and the creation of the best possible context in which to present and display artworks will make them unique in the local auction world. 

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