Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
New Duncan Grant record for a ‘divisionist’ portrait of Vanessa Bell28 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.
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?’
A £24,000 bid leads the Lionel Edwards hunt28 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.
Compton climbs well above guide28 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.
Georghiou watercolour emerges at Chiswick Auctions28 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.
Bidders battle to take tondo to 208-times top estimate21 November 2022
A small round drawing of the Madonna and Child created a stir at Ryedale Auctioneers in North Yorkshire.
Sculpture: Buyers thrill to 3D21 November 2022
Modern and Contemporary art collectors are increasingly willing to consider sculpture, creating a strong and dynamic market
Enwonwu figures highly at auction21 November 2022
In the last decade sculptures, as well as paintings, by Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu (1917-94) have become a valuable proposition.
Betjeman and Lowry immortalised in bronze21 November 2022
Two sculptures of well-known 20th century British cultural figures drew attention at different regional sales recently.
Beckmann self portrait at Grisebach could set German auction record17 November 2022
A Max Beckmann (1884-1950) self portrait is being offered at Grisebach in Berlin.
Paul Allen collection makes history as Christie’s hosts world’s first billion dollar auction10 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.
Sparrows flew their Essex nest07 November 2022
Trio of paintings depict life at a long-disappeared family home
Rare James Fitton work from the 1930s attracts artist record bid07 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.
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.
Jackson’s northern exposure31 October 2022
Highest price in five years is achieved for Manchester School and Staithes Group artist
Thatcher depictions tick the box for bidders31 October 2022
Judging by recent events, members of the Conservative Party might well look back longingly to the days of Margaret Thatcher when Britain’s first female prime minister brought a comparative measure of stability to government.
LS Lowry match view nets a record result24 October 2022
Despite wider economic uncertainty, prices for LS Lowry (1887-1976) seem to keep on rising.
When charm is simplicity itself24 October 2022
Naive artworks that can also suit modern decorating taste are rising in popularity and price.
Portaels part of the Barnwell Manor procession24 October 2022
A number of pictures from another single-owner collection caught the eye at Dreweatts a month earlier than the Flaxley Abbey auction.
‘Going to the Match’ sets record for LS Lowry with £6.6m bid at Christie’s auction19 October 2022
One of LS Lowry’s most famous works, ‘Going to the Match’, has sold for a record price at Christie’s.