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Celebrating the Art, Life and Love of Nwabisa Xayiya, A Patron of the Arts 

Loyal Latitudes supporter, exemplary art collector and philanthropist, Nwabisa Xayiya who passed away last May will be celebrated with an impressive art auction in Joburg this month.

Together, with her husband, Mikki, Nwabisa Xayiya had built one of the most impressive art collections of modern and contemporary South African art held by a private collector. 

Presented by Aspire Art Auctions and dubbed Art, Life and Love: The Collection of, the rare and impressive single owner auction comprises over 300 lots and objects. 

It is one of the most anticipated single owner collection auctions events taking place in South Africa for years. This is in part because it is expected to also provide an indication of how the art market has recovered from the slump caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and its related restrictions. 

Central to the story of the collection is how Xayiya became a symbol of a new generation of young black female art collectors in an art industry slowly clawing at transformation. She had become a confidant and patron to scores of young and emerging black artists in the country.

Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya will open with a public preview  from Saturday 23 October at the Xayiya Residence in Houghton, culminating in a Live auction, at the premises, on Sunday 31 October 2021 at 11am. Art lovers, collectors and all those who appreciate their culture and legacy, are invited to visit the preview on a by appointment basis and see the remarkable collection.

The full sale of the collection will be divided into two parts, giving bidders two separate opportunities to participate in the auction. The Live Auction will see 100 lots of exclusive highlights from the collection included in a catalogue sale going under the hammer in a live, physical and live-streamed auction on Sunday 31 October 2021 at 11am, and the remainder of the collection will be included in an Online-only Auction opening on Wednesday 20 October and closing on Monday 1 November from 6pm.

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