Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
Churchill oil proves the toast of Modern British art sales this season30 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.
Beaton’s male dancer attracts attention in Cheltenham30 November 2020
Back in May, Bonhams sold 22 pen and ink drawings by Cecil Beaton (1904-80).
Cedric Morris' view of Morocco among Mod Brit highlights at Lyon & Turnbull30 November 2020
A number of notable Modern British pictures came to the auction block at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) last month.
Bidding for Ravilious wood engraving underlines demand for leading Mod Brit names30 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.
Missed in London, Constable sketch of Dedham Vale authenticated in Essex23 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.
Ornithological watercolour ordered by brother of Louis XIII is highest Parker Fine Art saleroom price so far23 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.
Picasso’s agony and ecstasy…and the calm of a back garden23 November 2020
Offered with moderate estimates, two Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) etchings from the Vollard Suite drew demand at the recent timed online sale of Modern & Contemporary art at Halls (20% buyer’s premium).
The web shop window: 18th century leopard painting23 November 2020
Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.
Affordable art: Three works sold for under £600 including a Daniel Sherrin landscape23 November 2020
Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Daniel Sherrin landscape.
Winston Churchill whisky painting brings bidding battle at Sotheby’s20 November 2020
A still life by Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) which included his tipple of choice, a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label, sold at Sotheby’s this week for £800,000.
John Constable landscape emerges at Sworders after being dismissed as a copy by another London auctioneer17 November 2020
Sworders is offering an oil sketch of the Suffolk countryside by John Constable (1776-1837). It will be offered for sale on December 8-9, estimated at £100,000-150,000.
Buyer's premium rises at Bonhams and Phillips16 November 2020
Auction houses Bonhams and Phillips have both increased their buyer's premium.
John Shinnors among auction winners at Dreweatts16 November 2020
Strong bidding emerged at Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Modern & Contemporary Art auction as a work by Irish artist John Shinnors (b.1950) caught the eye of no fewer than eight trade and private buyers.
Life is a doodle for a 26-year-old16 November 2020
Not too many artists appearing at regional auctions have over two million followers on Instagram but, then again, not too many are like Mr Doodle (b.1994).
Post-war & Contemporary art: Middle market holding up despite supply issues at the top end16 November 2020
The latest Post-war & Contemporary results produced some encouraging signs that supply and demand are holding up well in the £1000 to £50,000 level
Auerbach etchings draw interest at Roseberys16 November 2020
A group of three etchings by Frank Auerbach (b.1931), all head studies of fellow artists, were among the lots receiving interest at Roseberys’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale of Modern and Contemporary prints.
James Dodds prices buoyant in the saleroom16 November 2020
James Dodds (b.1957) has been described as both ‘East Anglia’s most famous Contemporary artist after Dame Maggi Hambling’ and as ‘boatbuilding’s artist laureate’.
Early Banksy spray painting makes waves at Bonhams16 November 2020
The irrepressible Banksy (b.1975) led the day at Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/13.9%) latest auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art in London.
Francis Bacon lithograph triptych among highlights at Tennants16 November 2020
Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) latest sale of Modern and Contemporary art generated some confident bidding both online and in the room, taking in limited-edition prints by famous names.
Stand-alone topographical picture auctions at Christie’s come to an end after 52 years09 November 2020
Christie’s has axed its stand-alone sales of topographical pictures and will incorporate the specialist department into the 19th century picture department based in London. Consignments in this area will now be offered in auctions in the wider category.