Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

ASA to investigate transparency over auction premiums

27 July 2016

The Advertising Standards Authority have launched an investigation into the way auction houses display their commission rates.

Barbara Hepworth at Phillips’ exhibition

Phillips host loan show of Barbara Hepworth’s late works

22 July 2016

Phillips are hosting an exhibition of late works by Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) in collaboration with the Hepworth Wakefield.

Claudia Dwek of Sotheby's

Sotheby's promote Claudia Dwek to European chairman of contemporary art

20 July 2016

Sotheby’s have appointed Claudia Dwek as chairman of contemporary art, Europe. She will remain as co-chairman of Sotheby’s Italy.

Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure Festival

Christie’s sales down 27% – is this an art market slump?

20 July 2016

Christie’s has experienced a sharp fall in overall sales. In figures released earlier today the company reported sales of £2.1bn for the first half of 2016, which compared to £2.9bn for the same period in 2015.

Giovanni Grancino cello

Cash in the attic - Grancino cello and Voirin bow sell for £173,000 at London auction

19 July 2016

A cello by Giovanni Grancino made in Milan in c.1710 was one of a number of ‘attic finds’ that led Brompton’s latest musical instruments auction.

Regime change at Stanley Gibbons as top bosses made redundant

18 July 2016

Major changes have been announced to the management and board of Stanley Gibbons after the chief executive and chief financial officer were made redundant.

 La Revue Blanche by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Toulouse-Lautrec posters sweep into Swann’s auction

15 July 2016

A series of posters by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec headlines the upcoming Vintage Posters sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York.

Epistolae familiares by Cicero on vellum

Forum Auctions first sale tops £1m and is led by rare Cicero on vellum

15 July 2016

The inaugural sale held by new London saleroom Forum Auctions concluded yesterday with £1.1m raised (including premium) from 364 lots.

Baile en Tehuantepec by Diego Rivera

Record for Latin American art as Phillips negotiate private deal for Rivera painting

15 July 2016

Phillips have negotiated the private sale of ‘Baile en Tehuantepec’ by Diego Rivera (1886-1957) for $15.75m (£12m), a price which they claim is a record for any piece of Latin American art.

Charles Ede at London Art Week

London Art Week: a round-up of sales

14 July 2016

The fourth edition of London Art Week which ended last Friday achieved some notable sales, with prices ranging from £1000 to over £1m.

David Bowie art collection Sotheby’s

Starman in the saleroom – David Bowie’s art collection heads to Sotheby’s

14 July 2016

Sotheby’s have announced that they will be selling David Bowie’s art collection in November.

Art dealer faces fresh questions over Picasso theft after images of works found on his laptop

13 July 2016

A Paris art dealer was placed under renewed investigation last week in the latest twist involving the alleged theft of three works from Pablo Picasso’s stepdaughter.

Helena Newman of Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s appoint Helena Newman as European chairman

11 July 2016

Helena Newman has been appointed as chairman of Sotheby’s Europe. She will hold the new role in addition to her current position as co-head of Impressionist and Modern art worldwide.

Geoffrey Hurst's 1966 England shirt at Sotheby's

‘They think it’s all over’… England’s 1966 World Cup victory still holds special place in collecting market

11 July 2016

It may only be a few weeks until the 50th anniversary of the 1966 World Cup final but, judging by the way their team exited the Euros, England fans will have to wait a lot longer before their team ever again reaches the final a major football tournament.

Christies Rubens Lot and his Daughters

Momentous Lot – Rubens raises the bar for an Old Master at Christie’s

08 July 2016

‘Lot and his Daughters’ by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) sold for £40m at Christie’s last night, setting a house record for an Old Master painting.

Jean-Etienne Liotard scene at Sotheby's

Sotheby’s Old Master sale led by Liotard’s breakfast scene, selling to a museum at £3.8m

07 July 2016

A rare interior scene by Swiss painter Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789) was the top lot at Sotheby’s Old Masters evening sale last night, selling at £3.8m.

William Dobson self-portrait at Bonhams

Early William Dobson self-portrait takes £920,000 at Bonhams

06 July 2016

An early 17th century self-portrait by the English court painter William Dobson (1611-46) was knocked down at £920,000 at Bonhams’ Old Masters sale today.

silver gilt teaset at sworders

Echoes of William Beckford as silver-gilt teaset triples estimate at Stansted sale

05 July 2016

Among the works sold over estimate at today’s silver and jewellery auction at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet was a rare silver-gilt three-piece teaset that tripled expectations when it was knocked down at £4100.

Ex-Sotheby’s duo Wyndham and Clore to set up in London as fine art advisors

05 July 2016

Two key figures who left senior roles at Sotheby’s earlier this year, Henry Wyndham and Melanie Clore, are setting up their own fine art company.

Sidney Barnsley coffer

Sidney Barnsley furniture from maker’s family sells for over £30,000 at Salisbury auction

05 July 2016

Five pieces of furniture consigned from direct descendants of architect and craftsman Sidney Barnsley (1865-1926) drew bidders’ attention at Woolley & Wallis’ latest Arts and Crafts sale in Salisbury.