Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
Salvator Mundi: Christie’s refutes Oxford academic’s opinion challenging attribution to Leonardo09 August 2018
Auctioneers Christie’s have refuted the view expressed by Oxford academic Dr Matthew Landrus that Salvator Mundi should be attributed to one of Leonardo’s assistants rather than the master himself.
Egypt recovers Islamic manuscript spotted in Bonhams auction09 August 2018
A rare Islamic manuscript consigned to a Bonhams auction in London has been returned to Egypt in the latest example of Egyptian authorities succeeding in retrieving artefacts from abroad.
Corbet oil head and shoulders above the rest06 August 2018
A small but enigmatic study attributed to Victorian artist Matthew Ridley Corbet (1850-1902) drew dramatic competition at John Nicholson’s in Fernhurst, Surrey.
’Giotto’ export an issue for Italy says High Court06 August 2018
The owner of a rediscovered painting attributed to Giotto has lost a High Court battle over its export from the EU.
5 key details about this rare Scottish silver ‘argyll’02 August 2018
A rare George III argyll (or gravy warmer) will be offered at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh this month. Despite the associations with the Dukes of Argyll, only two Scottish silver vessels are recorded.
Titanic rescue medal makes £45,000 at Bourne End auction – VIDEO01 August 2018
A prolonged bidding battle emerged today in Buckinghamshire as the gold medal awarded to the bursar on board the RMS Carpathia, the ship that famously rescued survivors from the Titanic in 1912, sold at £45,000.
Saleroom selection: 5 lots that caught bidders’ eyes this month including a Fabergé picture frame31 July 2018
Among the lots at auctions around the UK that brought keen bidding in July were a Fabergé picture frame, a Scottish banknote, a Modern British bronze sculpture and a Maltese lacquered wall clock. Further afield, a Korean censer drew attention in the Netherlands.
Owner of rediscovered Giotto valued at £10m loses High Court battle over export27 July 2018
The owner of a rediscovered early Renaissance painting has been blocked from taking the work to Switzerland after a High Court judge rejected her claim over the granting of an export licence.
Lord Byron memorial ring fetches £9200 at Yorkshire auction25 July 2018
A gold and enamel ring made in memory of Lord Byron after his death in 1824 drew solid bidding at Tennants’ latest fine art sale in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
William Morris’ pen and paint brush sell for £2200 at Dorset auction23 July 2018
A quill and paint brush belonging to William Morris drew significant interest at Duke’s latest Art and Design sale in Dorchester.
Ada Lovelace computing book taken to £95,000 at Cirencester auction20 July 2018
A book by the 19th century computer pioneer Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) – known as ‘the Countess of Computing’ – has sold for £95,000 at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester.
American art dealer Eugene Thaw’s collection heads to Christie’s19 July 2018
“Great art collecting need not be based on a great fortune. Education, experience and eye are more important.” So said the late American art dealer and collector Eugene V Thaw who died aged 90 earlier this year.
Liverpool hero’s gold medal from Titanic rescue offered at Buckinghamshire auction18 July 2018
A gold medal awarded to the bursar on board the RMS Carpathia, the ship that famously rescued survivors from the Titanic in 1912, will be offered at Bourne End Auction Rooms this summer.
Mixed auction results as £4.6m Rubens tops Old Masters series09 July 2018
The July Old Master auctions in London were a mixed affair with the lack of blockbuster lots meaning the overall total was down on the levels of the last two years.
Record for a Rembrandt print at Christie’s Old Master sale06 July 2018
Christie’s latest evening sale of Old Masters in London generated a premium inclusive total of £31.2m with records posted for painting by Gerard David (c.1460-1523) and a print by Rembrandt (1606-69).
Dutch Old Master looted at Arnhem sells for £1.6m at Sotheby’s auction05 July 2018
A Dutch Old Master painting looted by the Nazis after the Battle of Arnhem but now returned to its rightful owners after 73 years has sold at Sotheby’s for £1.6m.
“The market seems robust”: Christie’s specialist ahead of Thomas Chippendale auction – video03 July 2018
Ahead of Christie’s dedicated sale this week of 20 lots of Thomas Chippendale furniture, ATG speaks to Christie’s international head of furniture Robert Copley about sourcing for the auction, the state of the market and the star lots.
Trio of firms rises from ashes of Mossgreen02 July 2018
Australia gains three new auction houses as specialists go it alone in Melbourne
Pick of the Week Saint’s head sets a gold standard02 July 2018
A rare medieval gold head of a saint generated significant interest at a sale in Paris conducted by Pierre Bergé & Associés at the Hôtel Drouot.
‘Masterpiece level’ 19th century art receives Christie’s rebrand02 July 2018
Christie’s has added a top-end sale of 19th century art to its calendar of New York auctions in October.