Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Top stories this week – including news of a major Chinese sleeper selling at a Suffolk auction

16 August 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a Chinese vase estimated at just £100-150 bringing dramatic bidding at the Felixstowe saleroom of Diamond Mills.

‘View on the River Seine – Morning’ by Richard Parkes Bonington

National Gallery acquires Richard Parkes Bonington painting in £600,000 tax deal

15 August 2019

A view of the River Seine by Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-28) has entered the collection of The National Gallery in London under the acceptance in lieu scheme.

 Louis XVI gilt bronze vase

Nazi-looted French vases returned jointly by FBI and Christie’s

12 August 2019

The FBI’s art crime team and auction house Christie’s have returned a pair of Louis XVI bronze vases that were stolen by the Nazis to the heirs of the original Jewish owners.

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Prolific painter pair appears in Dorset saleroom

12 August 2019

Landscape painter Sidney Richard Percy (1821-86) is described in Christopher Wood’s Dictionary of Victorian Painters as “a prolific and variable painter, and his prices vary accordingly”.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £750 or under including Edgar Wood oil painting

12 August 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales at £750 or under, including an oil by designer known more for Arts & Crafts jewellery and furniture.

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The art of pitching it just right

12 August 2019

Somerset auction shows how bidders are very sensitive to how works are estimated.

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Charity check unearths Wyld rarity

12 August 2019

One notable consequence of the growing prevalence of charity shops on the high street is that auctioneers are receiving more and more items that these organisations want to check in case they are valuable.

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Top stories this week – including news of a rare watercolour of Venice discovered in a charity shop

10 August 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a rare watercolour of Venice brought into a charity shop selling for £2400 at a Somerset auction.

Gold hits all-time high in UK

05 August 2019

Against the backdrop of a weakening pound, the price of gold in the UK has hit an all-time high.

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Supply gain as London's Old Master series goes on the rise

05 August 2019

It may be a well-rehearsed refrain, but the Old Master market is much more subject to vagaries of supply than demand. Almost without fail, when high-quality fresh material is offered, bidders will come. Just getting it in the first place is the hard part.

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Teniers ham dinner brings home the bacon

05 August 2019

Christie’s highest price for an Old Master this summer came in the stand-alone Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection sale on July 4.

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Son of a slave paints saintly image

05 August 2019

While the vast majority of works at Old Master sales are by European artists, an unusual offering at Bonhams’ sale on July 3 was a Latin American work by a painter with Afro-Caribbean ancestry.

Portrait of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Portrait of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge raises £51,000 at Gloucestershire auction

05 August 2019

It was a case of sitter rather than artist determining the value of an otherwise unassuming portrait that came up at Wotton Auction Rooms’ latest sale.

Gold jewellery

Scrap gold rises close to all-time high in UK

01 August 2019

Helped by the weakening pound, the price of gold in the UK has hit a seven-year high.

Venice watercolour by William Wyld

Rare watercolour of Venice brought into charity shop sells for £2400 at Somerset auction

01 August 2019

One consequence of the growing prevalence of charity shops on the high street is that auctioneers are receiving more and more items that these organisations want to check in case they are valuable.

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Top stories this week – including news of a rediscovered Marlborough gem selling at auction

26 July 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of an intaglio ring identified as one of the long-lost Marlborough gems selling at auction.

'Walton Bridges' by JMW Turner

Turner’s Walton Bridges heads to Norwich Castle after being saved for the nation

19 July 2019

JMW Turner’s oil painting ‘Walton Bridges’ which sold at Sotheby’s in July last year has been bought for the nation after funding was secured by Norfolk Museums Service.

Jane Austen letter

Museum appeals for final £10,000 to secure Jane Austen handwritten letter

19 July 2019

Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire has launched an appeal to raise the remaining funds needed to buy a fragment of a letter written by the great novelist in 1814.

Marlborough gem sold at auction

Long-lost Marlborough gem bid to £62,000

18 July 2019

A sapphire intaglio ring that was identified as one of the long-lost Marlborough gems shortly before it was due to be auctioned was bid to £62,000 at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury today.

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Egypt threat of legal action adds to ‘politicisation’ of antiquities

15 July 2019

The Antiquities Dealers’ Association (ADA) has said dealers and auctioneers should stand up to “the politicisation of the antiquities trade” in the wake of a row surrounding the sale of a £4m sculpture.