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At the launch of SuperSport’s Rugby World Cup offering there was also a special launch of something very unique, which will get most avid rugby, especially Springbok supporters excited to own a part of history and we have all the details here.

What’s it about?

The #GalleryOfChampions saw the commissioning of five South African up-and-coming artists who completed three illustrations each of South African Rugby players. These illustrations were exhibited for one night only in Johannesburg. From Monday 9 September to Friday 13 September, SuperSport will be auctioning the A1 original prints and all proceeds from this auction will go to rugby development via SuperSport’s Corporate Social Investment – Let’s Play.

How it works

A gallery with all fifteen watermarked illustrations from each of the artists will be posted on SuperSport’s Facebook Rugby page.

Each of the individual illustrations is up for auction. Bids need to be made on the individual artwork within the gallery.

A bid is made by writing a comment with the numerical Rand value of your bid on the individual photo.

The highest amount posted by 12:00 (CAT) on Friday 13 September wins the original A1 framed print of the chosen player without the ‘Gallery of Champions’ watermark.

Bidding opens from when the gallery is posted and ends on Friday 13 September at 12:00 (CAT).

SuperSport will be in touch with highest bidder to facilitate payment and delivery of goods.

Bidding is not limited to one illustration. Multiple bids are accepted.

Auction is open to residents of South Africa only.

About the artists

Name: Seyabonga Vincent Lebeko
Handle: @VinDollar016 
Bio: Seyabonga Vincent “VinDollar” Lebeko is a 21-year-old artist, based in Vereeniging, Gauteng. He has developed an immensely impressive talent around portrait illustrations; anything his pen touches takes on a life of its own. Since matriculating in 2016, he has honed his craft as an illustrator. “VinDollar” is highly ambitious and wants to study a BA Fine Arts at university, and live out his dream of becoming an animator or game designer.

Name: Andre Human
Handle: @Dreviator
Bio: Andre Human is a professional concept artist and illustrator. He works for both the local and international film and TV commercial industries. Never without a pen, pencil or improvised drawing implement, he shares his non-commercial work on his social media accounts, including sketches. He loves to document his process to provide his audience with an insight into his workflow.

Name: Corne Nel
Handle: @neverforfame
Bio: Born and raised in Boksburg, Corné Nel started his brand Never For Fame that has seen impressive growth in the five years since inception. He has a darker perception of what’s beautiful; street art and tattoo designs are the main inspiration behind each piece of his art. Possessing a more aggressive visual appeal, Never For Fame strives for a balance between elegant and alternative aesthetics.

Name: Joel ‘Cyzo’ Matladi
Handle: @Cyzo22
Bio: Joel ”Cyzo” Matladi is a proud African, specialising in animation and digital art. His work draws inspiration from the African visual identity and heritage, along with influences from anime and comics, to create engaging and emotive work that re-imagines and revolutionises the African narrative.

Name: Tyler Jade
Handle: @Tylerjade (behance)
Bio: Tyler Jade is a young South African designer working in the commercial design and advertising field. He does not limit himself to any art form. He is wildly explorative and delves into worlds of sculpture, art, fashion and product design. His inspiration comes from various sources, both in urban and natural landscapes and the contrast between what is considered beautiful or ugly.

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