R852,000 flying Tutu: who cashed in?

R852,000 flying Tutu: who cashed in?

A sculpture of a flying Archbishop Tutu which was bought for R40,000 by well-known but now defunct Idasa was recently sold at a Strauss auction for R852,000. Who got lucky?

"I'll send you bad dreams,” Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu told Ed Young, the sculptor who created The Flying Arch. It was a joke of course, but it may have been a portent for whoever came to own it – of good or bad luck.

The Flying Arch first “flew” in 2010 – from the ceiling of the Dakar Room at the Cape Town headquarters of Idasa (the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa), in its handsome Herbert Baker building on Spin Street, just around the corner from Parliament.


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