Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Military Cross awarded to Iraq war hero sells at Adam Partridge

18 September 2020

Military medals from recent conflicts continue to attract great interest at auction, even if it is a great shame that veterans from these wars have to sell their medals during their own lifetime.

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Speed dating: Bidders rapidly assess signs of age in hunt for undervalued material

14 September 2020

When it comes to Old Masters, sleeper spotters will trawl through auction catalogues looking to spot works of an earlier date than specified.

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Bidders give their royal approval at Bellmans' sale

14 September 2020

Provenance of the Duke of Gloucester adds extra appeal to single-owner collection

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Hooray for the hussars: Duke of Gloucester's regimental collection brings demand

14 September 2020

The collection of pictures formerly owned by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, offered at Bellmans included 42 lots relating to the 10th Royal Hussars.

‘Girl with Balloon’ by Banksy

Interest from overseas bidders lifts Banksy prints market to higher level

09 September 2020

Forum Auctions’ latest dedicated sale of Banksy (b.1974) prints was a white glove affair with all 24 lots selling and 22 individual auction records set for the editions to which they belong.

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Auction house Christie’s to sell Old Masters from collection of late Italian dealer

08 September 2020

Christie’s is staging an online auction of works formerly in the collection of the late Old Master dealer Piero Corsini.

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Major general sought after by militaria fans

07 September 2020

A group of three watercolours depicting Indian scenes attributed to Major General John Brownrigg Ballasis (1806-90) attracted interest at a timed sale held this summer by 1818 Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium) in Milnthorpe, Cumbria.

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Himalayan raja rises to £4600 when reoffered

07 September 2020

An intriguing Indian miniature portrait drew strenuous competition against an estimate of just £30-50 at Clarke’s (18% buyer’s premium) in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

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Indian miniatures expand appeal as demand grows on the subcontinent

07 September 2020

Indian miniatures are a common sight at UK auctions. With a keen, dedicated and often very knowledgeable collecting base, they remain a somewhat independent but active sub-set of the art market.

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Contemporary art duo draw strong interest at Roseberys

03 September 2020

Roseberys’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale of Modern & Contemporary British art had a stronger focus than usual on works from the second half of the 20th century.

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Klimt drawing from Beethoven Frieze makes £32,000 at Chiswick Auctions

31 August 2020

A drawing by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) sold to a phone bidder for £32,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Chiswick Auctions last week.

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Gustav Klimt sketch for the Beethoven Frieze emerges at Chiswick Auctions

25 August 2020

A drawing by Gustav Klimt is being offered at Chiswick Auctions this week.

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Bonhams sticks to early offering

24 August 2020

While Sotheby’s and Christie’s shifted their main Old Master offerings to the end of July, Bonhams (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) maintained its auction earlier in the month with a sale in New Bond Street on July 7-8.

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Even Old Masters have to wait

24 August 2020

Leading works held back until mixed-category July auctions in a drawn-out sales season.

Scotland tightens the rules on face coverings at auctions

17 August 2020

The Scottish government has updated its guidance on face coverings.

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18th century French gift box and Edward the Confessor silver penny are among the five lots to watch at auction this week

17 August 2020

With estimates from £180-9000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Brangwyn pushes the boat out

17 August 2020

A group of works on paper generated decent action at Keys’ (20% buyer’s premium) online-only sale of 20th Century design and modern art this summer.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £750 including a Landseer ink on paper

17 August 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including an work on paper by Sir Edwin Landseer.

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Sale inspired by new age thinking

17 August 2020

A mix of works across different periods and genres drew attention at the first Pictures through the Ages auction at Mallams (27% buyer’s premium) of Oxford.

Scrap silver

Heaps of Victorian silver scrapped after another spike in precious metal prices

07 August 2020

Another bounce in precious metal prices has led to more antique pieces of gold and silver being scrapped.