Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

Golden Hours by Frederic, Lord Leighton

Christie’s to stage themed evening sale of British Art in London this summer

03 May 2016

Christie’s have announced details of their latest ‘themed’ sale – an evening sale of British art which will take place in London on June 30.

The diamond and emerald brooch

A mouldy caravan, an old bureau, a hidden drawer and the diamond brooch hiding within

27 April 2016

A rotting old caravan propped up on a farm might not sound like the kind of place you’d expect to discover a valuable family heirloom. But for a Devon-based furniture restorer, it proved just that when they found an Art Deco brooch believed to be a rare piece hiding within the contents of the van.

David Tindle painting at Grand Auctions

Tindle paintings trundle into Folkestone saleroom

21 April 2016

A selection of works by David Tindle (b.1932) will be offered at Grand Auctions in Folkestone on May 9.

Inverted Jenny stamp

Rare American ‘Inverted Jenny’ stamp recovered

18 April 2016

A rare American stamp stolen in 1955 in one of the most famous thefts in philatelic history has been recovered after turning up at Spink.

Edgar Degas drawing acquired by Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery acquire Degas drawing in deal brokered by Sotheby’s

18 April 2016

A large drawing by Edgar Degas (1834-1917) which has never been exhibited before has gone on display at Pallant House Gallery after being acquired by the Chichester gallery via the Acceptance in Lieu scheme.

Eric Ravilious watercolour at Sworders

Ravilious watercolour makes £85,000 at Sworders

13 April 2016

A watercolour by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) drew serious bidding at Sworders this week, overtaking a £40,000-60,000 estimate before it was knocked down at £85,000.

Lord Lucan cheques

Lord Lucan’s bounced cheques appear at auction

04 April 2016

The man himself may have disappeared in 1974 but a series of cheques showing Lord Lucan’s spiralling gambling debts have now emerged and will be offered at auction later this month.

Samanid chess-set from Lothar Schmid collection

Early chess pieces come to Sotheby’s from seminal collection of German grandmaster

01 April 2016

An important collection of early chess pieces will be offered as part of Sotheby’s Islamic sale in London on April 20.

Paolo Veronese drawing

Veronese drawing blocked from export after £15m sale

31 March 2016

An important drawing by Paolo Veronese (1528-1588) that changed hands in a major private sale has been temporarily stopped from leaving the UK.

Colnaghi's stand at TEFAF 2016

TEFAF 2016: final reports indicate solid sales overall

24 March 2016

The 29th staging of TEFAF Maastricht will go down as a good edition of the fair with dealers reporting decent sales overall and the changes made for this year’s event meeting general approval among the standholders.

Eric Ravilious watercolour at Sworders

Ravilious watercolour leads Sworders’ dedicated Modern British art auction

24 March 2016

An Eric Ravilious (1903-42) watercolour has emerged at Sworders of Essex and will be among the star lots at their first dedicated Modern British Art sale next month.

Shakespeare Folios at Christie's

Rediscovered copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio heads to auction

21 March 2016

A previously unrecorded copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio has emerged at Christie’s. Estimated at £800,000-1.2m, it will lead a specially-staged auction in May comprising just four lots – a copy of each of the first four Shakespeare folios.

Gluck Sussex landscape at Mallams auction

Gluck’s Sussex landscape brings demand at Mallams

18 March 2016

Among the lots drawing competition at the latest picture sale held by Mallams of Oxford was a hilltop view of the Sussex landscape by Hannah Gluckstein (1895-1978).

Lot and his Daughters by Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Major Rubens to headline London summer sales

16 March 2016

An important work by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) will be among the leading lots on offer at this summer’s auction series in London. Lot and his Daughters from c.1613-14 will be the centrepiece of Christie’s newly launched ‘curated’ week of sales branded Classic Week in July.

Roelandt Savery at Colnaghi TEFAF

TEFAF 2016: dealers report museum purchases among string of sales on opening day

11 March 2016

The aisles were busy at the opening of the 29th edition of TEFAF Maastricht 2016 and a decent stream of sales to private buyers added to the buzz created by some significant museum acquisitions.

TEFAF 2016 logo

10 shots of the TEFAF preview

10 March 2016

With the preview of TEFAF 2016 now underway, ATG gives you a snapshot around the stands of the fair.

TEFAF Report shows 7% fall in global art sales as Chinese market takes hit

09 March 2016

Global art sales fell during 2015 with the most significant a decline coming in the Chinese market.

Henry Wyndham collection Deborah Duchess of Devonshire

Wyndham to leave as more staff exit Sotheby’s

07 March 2016

The shake-up at Sotheby’s continued last week as more key senior employees – including Henry Wyndham – depart the company.

Steinway grand piano at Chrisite’s

Steinway grand piano in high demand at Sting’s £3m Christie’s sale

29 February 2016

A Steinway grand piano sold for a double-estimate £95,000 on February 24 when Christie’s King Street held a £3m, 146-lot sale of items from the former Queen Anne’s Gate home of musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler.

Artists Resale Right royalties

£50m collected in decade of Artist’s Resale Right

24 February 2016

A decade on since Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) was launched in the UK, over £50m has been collected from auctions and dealers for artists and their heirs.