Page 7 - Auction Lots 2023
P. 7

INTRODUCTION                 of the Imibala Summer Gala
                                       The auctioneer

                                    2023: Ariella Kuper

 We make a living by what we
 get, but we make a life by what
 we give.
 Winston Churchill

 Asking artists to donate work is a delicate thing – you’re literally   To sell this wonderful collection of art, experiences and luxury items,
 asking them to give away a part of their income. In South Africa   we have acclaimed auctioneer Ariella Kuper.
 especially, there are also so many other non-profit organisations
 that approach well-known artists with similar requests. We’re proud,   Ariella is South Africa’s leading female auctioneer. Her oratorical
 therefore, to have a sensational selection of high-quality pieces   skills as well as her extensive cultural and world knowledge has
 from some of South Africa’s most famous artists on auction at the   earned her an admired reputation in business and placed her in
 inaugural Imibala Summer Gala.      demand at notable charity events, where she has raised in excess of
                                     R100-million over the past few years.
 The 2023 Imibala Summer Gala auction also includes various beautiful
  luxury items and a number of exceptional experiences donated by   After 10 years as an international steel trader for Macsteel International
 business partners who share in our ethos of giving back.   (UK),  including  heading  up  their  South  America  division,  Ariella
                                     returned to SA and entered the maritime and mining auction sector.
 Through the overwhelming generosity of these artists and businesses,   In 2012, she co-founded an online mining and shipping auction
 we are able to inspire our guests to contribute generously to our   company which specialised in the disposal of niche value assets (Thebe
 cause. By investing in one of these original artworks and unique   acquired a 51% share in 2017). In April 2019, after twice recovering
 experiences our guests not only enrich their lives, but also help   from cancer, Ariella founded Solution Strategists Pty Ltd, continuing
 children in South Africa to achieve a brighter future. We’d like to   to specialise in global sales of arrested maritime vessels in both South
 extend a huge thank you to all our donors, and to all those bidding   Africa and Namibia. Between Covid-19 and a third round of cancer
 on their offerings.                 treatment last year, Ariella successfully auctioned two crude oil tankers,
                                     a break bulk carrier and arrested crude oil totalling US$85-million.

                                     Ariella remains in demand as a speaker on women in business, the
                                     4th industrial revolution and adversity to opportunity and consults to
                                     banks regularly on distressed commercial matters.
 2      3
   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12