ZEBRA ONE gallery first opened its doors over 40 years ago in London's quaint Hampstead Village, and has become one of the country's leading destinations for art collectors, as well as stars of stage and screen.
Launched in 1976 by former soldier Lee Brew, and named after his South African army codename, Zebra One quickly earned a reputation for sourcing the most desirable pieces in the world - many by Old Masters and the most famous artists of their time. Regular customers included Peter Cook, Pierce Brosnan and even former Labour leader Michael Foot, whose wife would help import art from all over the world to sell in the Perrin's Court gallery.
Brew eventually moved to Hong Kong and gave Zebra One - by now a hugely well known and respected business - to his daughter, photographer Gabrielle du Plooy. She set about modernising the gallery to meet the changing tastes of the art world, and high-worth and one-off photographs became its raison d'être, alongside pieces by modern artists like Dan Baldwin and Dom Pattinson.
And with that came a new clientele of modern-day stars: Ricky Gervais, Dynamo, Liam Gallagher and The Prodigy's Liam Howlett can often be found browsing the pieces on offer alongside customers who travel from all over the UK to source Zebra One's exclusive art.
And the gallery's continuing success is undoubtedly due to Gabrielle's incredible ability - no doubt learnt from years of watching her father at work - to uncover pieces from all over the world that fetch thousands. From postcards drawn by jailbird Charles Bronson to previously unknown artists like Dom Pattinson, whose work has been snapped up by George Clooney to gift to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as a wedding present.
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