Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
ASA to investigate transparency over auction premiums27 July 2016
The Advertising Standards Authority have launched an investigation into the way auction houses display their commission rates.
Phillips host loan show of Barbara Hepworth’s late works22 July 2016
Phillips are hosting an exhibition of late works by Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) in collaboration with the Hepworth Wakefield.
Sotheby's promote Claudia Dwek to European chairman of contemporary art20 July 2016
Sotheby’s have appointed Claudia Dwek as chairman of contemporary art, Europe. She will remain as co-chairman of Sotheby’s Italy.
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.
Cash in the attic - Grancino cello and Voirin bow sell for £173,000 at London auction19 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 redundant18 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.
Toulouse-Lautrec posters sweep into Swann’s auction15 July 2016
A series of posters by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec headlines the upcoming Vintage Posters sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York.
Forum Auctions first sale tops £1m and is led by rare Cicero on vellum15 July 2016
The inaugural sale held by new London saleroom Forum Auctions concluded yesterday with £1.1m raised (including premium) from 364 lots.
Record for Latin American art as Phillips negotiate private deal for Rivera painting15 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.
London Art Week: a round-up of sales14 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.
Starman in the saleroom – David Bowie’s art collection heads to Sotheby’s14 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 laptop13 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.
Sotheby’s appoint Helena Newman as European chairman11 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.
‘They think it’s all over’… England’s 1966 World Cup victory still holds special place in collecting market11 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.
Momentous Lot – Rubens raises the bar for an Old Master at Christie’s08 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.
Sotheby’s Old Master sale led by Liotard’s breakfast scene, selling to a museum at £3.8m07 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.
Early William Dobson self-portrait takes £920,000 at Bonhams06 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.
Echoes of William Beckford as silver-gilt teaset triples estimate at Stansted sale05 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 advisors05 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 furniture from maker’s family sells for over £30,000 at Salisbury auction05 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.