Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Sotheby’s: online ‘surge’ as clients bid from home

23 March 2020

In an early test of the art market after the announcement of social distancing guidance, Sotheby’s latest ‘Made in Britain’ auction recorded a dramatic increase in online bidding.

Parthenon marbles in the British Museum

Institute of Art and Law to update guidance on restitution cases

19 March 2020

Arts Council England has appointed the Institute of Art and Law to help form new guidance for institutions around the thorny issues of restitution and repatriation of cultural objects.

‘Reclining Man’ by Nina Hamnett

Sotheby’s reports ‘surge’ in online buying as clients forced to bid from home

18 March 2020

In one of the first tests of the art market since the UK government announced tougher ‘social distancing’ guidance due to the coronavirus outbreak, Sotheby’s latest ‘Made in Britain’ auction recorded a dramatic increase in online bidding.

Terence Cuneo train painting

US buyer wins bidding battle for Terence Cuneo’s painting of British Rail’s last steam engine

17 March 2020

Terence Cuneo’s (1907-96) ‘Evening Star at Full Steam’, a painting of the last steam engine built for British Rail, sold to a US buyer at the latest picture sale held at Essex saleroom Sworders.

Salon du Dessin in Paris

Salon du Dessin postponed as organisers reverse decision to go ahead

13 March 2020

The prestigious Paris drawings fair ‘Salon du Dessin’ has been postponed until the end of May as the outbreak of coronavirus in Europe continues to have a major effect on the fairs calendar.

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Pair of Old Masters sets new picture high for Woolley & Wallis

09 March 2020

A spectacular competition came at Woolley & Wallis’ latest picture sale as 12 bidders pursued a pair of Italian Old Masters which the auction house had spotted tucked away in a dark corner of the vendor’s top landing.

Hendrik van Minderhout's view of Ostend

Dealer Rafael Valls offers 100 Old Masters in Sotheby’s online sale

05 March 2020

London art dealer Rafael Valls has consigned a group of works to Sotheby’s which will be offered in an online sale next month.

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Top stories this week – including news of a museum buying a record-breaking piece of Martin Brothers pottery

23 February 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a new museum in Plymouth buying the record-breaking Martin Brothers grinning crab.

Gustav Bauernfeind painting of Jaffa

Second consignment of works from major Orientalist art collection comes to Sotheby’s

18 February 2020

A second group of works from the record-setting Najd collection of Orientalist art will be offered at Sotheby’s next month.

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Hockney makes a £21m splash but total is down

17 February 2020

The overall total from the latest London series of Contemporary art auctions was down year-on-year. With one day sale still to run at the time of going to press, the running total of £197.4m from the sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips compared to £253.9m from the equivalent sales in 2019.

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Top stories this week – including news of the dealer supplying props for the new Jane Austen ‘Emma’ movie

16 February 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of an antiques dealer with a side-line supplying antiques as props for TV or movie productions.

US president Andrew Johnson

‘High crimes and misdemeanors’ – Rare copy of first US impeachment resolution offered at Bonhams

14 February 2020

An original copy of the first impeachment resolution against US president Andrew Johnson has emerged at auction.

‘Evening Star at Full Steam’ by Terence Cuneo

Terence Cuneo ‘end of an era’ painting of British Rail’s last steam engine emerges at Sworders’ auction

13 February 2020

A painting of the last steam engine built for British Rail by the celebrated train painter, Terence Cuneo (1907-96), is being offered at Essex saleroom Sworders next month.

David Hockey 'The Splash' at Sotheby's

Hockney leads Sotheby’s Contemporary art evening sale at £21m

12 February 2020

Sotheby’s set the third-highest price for a work by David Hockney (b.1937) in London last night.

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Impressionist and Modern auctions post lowest totals for a February series in a decade

10 February 2020

The latest Impressionist & Modern auctions in London posted the lowest total for a February series in this category for a decade.

‘A la rencontre du plaisir’ by René Magritte

René Magritte surrealist scene lifts Christie’s modern art auction in London

07 February 2020

Auction records for Tamara de Lempicka and George Grosz boosted Christie’s latest Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist art evening sales in London but it was a surrealist scene by René Magritte that made the largest contribution to the night’s total.

Sotheby's auction Camille Pissarro

Recovered works top Sotheby’s modern art auction

06 February 2020

Pictures restored to the family of an important Jewish collector whose property had been seized by the Nazis led Sotheby’s latest evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art in London.

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Mantegna and Tiepolo make the difference in ‘highest NY Old Master total in five years’

03 February 2020

Two key consignments, one painting and one drawing, lifted the latest Old Master series in New York to the highest total for five years.

‘The Mill, Pendlebury’ by LS Lowry

Medical researcher’s mill scene by LS Lowry sells for £2.2m at Christie’s

24 January 2020

A painting by LS Lowry (1887-1976) that had never before been seen in public led Christie’s Modern British art evening sale in London on January 21.

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Nazi-looted paintings by Pissarro and Signac that entered the Musée d’Orsay to be offered at Sotheby’s

16 January 2020

Three Impressionist paintings believed to be worth over £14m that were taken by the Nazis during the Second World War but recently restituted to the heirs of a French-Jewish art collector will be offered at Sotheby’s in London next month.