Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

Max Beckmann self-portrait

Beckmann the German art auction record-breaker

05 December 2022

A Max Beckmann (1884-1950) self-portrait set a record for any artwork sold at a German auction when it was knocked down at €20m (£17.1m).

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Watercolours: The picturesque appeals but reality bites

05 December 2022

British watercolours are reliant not just on subject matter but also on market freshness, condition and a good pitch

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Baer necessities held back from the main Essex sale

05 December 2022

While the main paintings from the collection of dealer Sir Jack Baer and his wife Diana were sold at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) at the end of September (see ATG No 2564), a group of around 50 works on paper were held back and offered at the Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom’s latest Homes and Interiors online auction.

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Why provenance is so important when it comes to de Wint

05 December 2022

A group of five watercolours by Peter de Wint (1784-1849) that were previously kept at a Grade II-listed Oxfordshire country house caught the eye at a recent sale.

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Bidders wide awake to the opportunity to own a Richmond

05 December 2022

A small watercolour titled A Sleeping Wayfarer by George Richmond (1809-96) roused a few bidders into action when it was offered at auction.

Vanessa Bell by Duncan Grant

New Duncan Grant record for a ‘divisionist’ portrait of Vanessa Bell

28 November 2022

Setting a major record for Duncan Grant (1885-1978) and equalling the highest price for any Bloomsbury Group picture, a painting depicting his fellow artist and close friend (and one-time lover) Vanessa Bell sold for £260,000 at Bonhams.

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Is Small now hitting the big time?

28 November 2022

When coming across a female artist who was once quite recognised but now is rather little known, buyers today automatically ask the question: ‘Is she undervalued?’

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A £24,000 bid leads the Lionel Edwards hunt

28 November 2022

Among a number of sporting pictures generating decent interest at recent sales, this autumn Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) posted the highest auction price for the hunting specialist Lionel Edwards (1878-1966) in over 12 years.

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Compton climbs well above guide

28 November 2022

Mountainous scenes by Edward Theodore Compton (1849-1921) make regular appearances at auctions in Germany and Austria, where he tended to paint and retains a strong collecting base, as well as in the UK.

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Georghiou watercolour emerges at Chiswick Auctions

28 November 2022

George Pol Georghiou (1901-72) is a well-known name in his native Cyprus where his work can be found in many public collections.

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Bidders battle to take tondo to 208-times top estimate

21 November 2022

A small round drawing of the Madonna and Child created a stir at Ryedale Auctioneers in North Yorkshire.

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Sculpture: Buyers thrill to 3D

21 November 2022

Modern and Contemporary art collectors are increasingly willing to consider sculpture, creating a strong and dynamic market

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Enwonwu figures highly at auction

21 November 2022

In the last decade sculptures, as well as paintings, by Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu (1917-94) have become a valuable proposition.

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Betjeman and Lowry immortalised in bronze

21 November 2022

Two sculptures of well-known 20th century British cultural figures drew attention at different regional sales recently.

Max Beckmann self portrait

Beckmann self portrait at Grisebach could set German auction record

17 November 2022

A Max Beckmann (1884-1950) self portrait is being offered at Grisebach in Berlin.

Christie's auction New York saleroom

Paul Allen collection makes history as Christie’s hosts world’s first billion dollar auction

10 November 2022

Setting an all-time high for a single-owner collection, the auction of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s collection at Christie’s New York raised an extraordinary $1.62bn (£1.42bn) including premium.

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Sparrows flew their Essex nest

07 November 2022

Trio of paintings depict life at a long-disappeared family home

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Rare James Fitton work from the 1930s attracts artist record bid

07 November 2022

Works from the 1930s are arguably the most desirable pictures when it comes to Oldham-born artist James Fitton (1899-1982). They just do not appear very often.

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Wilson copy ‘at an early date’

07 November 2022

Among the works attracting interest at a recent Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) sale were two pictures formerly in the collection at Shakenhurst Hall.

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Jackson’s northern exposure

31 October 2022

Highest price in five years is achieved for Manchester School and Staithes Group artist