Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Brit vendor trio boost for Sotheby’s

11 January 2021

Three works from British vendors were among the most notable lots at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium + 1% overhead premium) latest Old Master evening sale in London.

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Marine scene at Bonhams was ‘owned by a Christie’

11 January 2021

A marine battle scene believed to have once been owned by auctioneer James Christie (1730-1803) topped Bonhams’ (27.5%/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest Old Master sale in London.

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Old Masters face greater challenges on the supply side due to Covid

11 January 2021

London salerooms hope for increased consignments after a difficult year for Old Masters

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Russell Drysdale record equalled at Melbourne sale

04 January 2021

An important work by Modern Australian artist Russell Drysdale (1912-81) equalled his auction record when it sold at Deutscher and Hackett (25% buyer’s premium).

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Rare prints by Iraqi artist emerge in UK

04 January 2021

As with other sectors of the art and antiques market, Contemporary art can certainly produce dramatic bidding battles for under-valued material at auction.

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Two’s company, three’s allowed

04 January 2021

Collection offered in Canterbury recalls the bizarre family life of Stanley Spencer

Bernardo Bellotto at Sotheby’s

Five top Old Masters sold at auction in 2020

28 December 2020

Despite the obvious challenges with coronavirus this year, some notable sales still occurred in the Old Master market. Here we pick out five highlights from across the year.

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Supply hits Old Masters auction series

21 December 2020

The traditional pre-Christmas Old Masters auctions in London were something of a mixed bag this year.

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Austrian artist’s rare auction appearance

21 December 2020

A group of works by the elusive Austrian émigré artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky (1906-96) made a rare appearance at Chiswick Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest British & European Fine Art sale.

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Provenance under discussion at International Catalogue Raisonné Association’s second annual conference

17 December 2020

Over 200 delegates from 15 countries tuned in for The International Catalogue Raisonné Association’s second annual conference with the topic under discussion being provenance.

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Two works by William Roberts underline commercial values at Bonhams

14 December 2020

The market for William Roberts (1895- 1980) has expanded significantly in the last two decades and the performance of two small watercolours at Bonhams suggested demand is still healthy.

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Bonhams' Mod Brit sale bids welcome to the latest trends

14 December 2020

Something of a recurring theme at auctions this year has been the increasing volume of bidders registering for sales during the pandemic.

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Scarborough selection consigned by a familiar face

07 December 2020

A notable group of pictures from a local vendor gave a boost to the Autumn Art Sale held by David Duggleby (20% buyer’s premium) in Scarborough.

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Pictures set a university challenge

07 December 2020

London dealer takes up task of identifying artist behind views ‘of Oxford and Cambridge’.

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Churchill oil proves the toast of Modern British art sales this season

30 November 2020

A total of £9.23m was raised from the latest dedicated sales of Modern British art at Sotheby’s and Bonhams in London.

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Beaton’s male dancer attracts attention in Cheltenham

30 November 2020

Back in May, Bonhams sold 22 pen and ink drawings by Cecil Beaton (1904-80).

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Cedric Morris' view of Morocco among Mod Brit highlights at Lyon & Turnbull

30 November 2020

A number of notable Modern British pictures came to the auction block at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) last month.

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Bidding for Ravilious wood engraving underlines demand for leading Mod Brit names

30 November 2020

As time goes by, an almost imperceptible process seems to take place in the art market where certain artists who were once considered avant garde begin to feel like established names.

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Missed in London, Constable sketch of Dedham Vale authenticated in Essex

23 November 2020

Sworders is offering an oil sketch of the Suffolk countryside by John Constable (1776-1837) which was previously dismissed as a copy by a leading London auction house.

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Ornithological watercolour ordered by brother of Louis XIII is highest Parker Fine Art saleroom price so far

23 November 2020

The highest price to date at Parker Fine Art Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) came at its latest Fine Paintings sale when a rare ornithological watercolour caught the eye of a number of bidders, including from abroad.