Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Africa art on the rise

25 April 2022

Investors are targeting the Post-war and Contemporary market for high returns as inflation soars and uncertainty reigns

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Hockney drawings and prints bring demand in the North and South

25 April 2022

The expansion in prices for David Hockney (b.1937) has affected not just his large and famous works which now sell for multi-millions but also his smaller drawings and printed works that fall further down the price scale.

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McPhail auction record fleshed out to £20,500

25 April 2022

Interest from both trade and private buyers helped set an auction record for Paul McPhail (b.1966) at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale of Modern and Contemporary art.

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Surf’s up for Maggi Hambling

25 April 2022

A small work by Maggi Hambling (b.1945) was among the pieces of Modern and Contemporary art attracting interest recently at Parker Fine Art Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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Artist Lynch keeps it real

25 April 2022

Not all Contemporary art has to be either abstract or wacky.

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Smaller Gear still packs plenty of punch

25 April 2022

William Gear (1915-97) is among the Modern Scottish artists whose work regularly appears at auction.

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Works by Bratby and Lowndes emerge at Halls

25 April 2022

One of the highlights at the timed online of Modern and Contemporary Art Auction at Halls of Shrewsbury, which closes on May 2, is a large painting of sunflowers by John Bratby (1928-92).

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Gore captures island charm

25 April 2022

Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) Modern & Contemporary Art sale on March 16 was led by some distance by the rare lead Mother and Child sculpture by Henry Moore (1898-1986) which was bid to £320,000 (see News, ATG No 2535).

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Legal eagle eyed traditional art

18 April 2022

Group of 12 offered in Cambridge saleroom comprised mainly 18th century British works

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John Martin takes a small tour of Britain

18 April 2022

Two views of historic British landmarks by John Martin (1789-1854) attracted interest in different parts of the country.

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A break from frozen sheep

18 April 2022

Scottish artist Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935) is best known for his snowy landscapes with sheep that earned him the nickname ‘Frozen Mutton Farquharson’.

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Fortune teller helped the Frith fortune

11 April 2022

A number of portraits of women from different periods of history were among the most contested pictures at sales around the country in the early part of this year.

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How Lady Hamilton stared down at Uncle Monty

11 April 2022

A couple of elegant portraits from the collection of Professor Bernard Nevill (1930-2019) drew keen interest at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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Christie’s to offer Michelangelo drawing after French export block removed

07 April 2022

A Michelangelo (1475-1564) drawing previously declared a ‘National Treasure’ in France will be offered at Christie’s following the expiry of its export block.

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'Lost Titian' painting now on offer in Vienna

04 April 2022

A work described as a ‘missing painting’ by the great Venetian master Titian (c.1485-1576), which was once owned by a succession of European royalty, has emerged for sale at Austrian auction house Dorotheum.

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Whistler’s wider range of subjects on show at Yorkshire auction

04 April 2022

A dreamy interwar architectural portrait of Pilgrims Hall, Essex, by Rex Whistler (1905-44) generated interest at Tennants (22% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, on March 19.

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The appeal of art close to the heart

04 April 2022

Although an artist may not have wide recognition, strong local links can compensate

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The simple but charming style of J Fisher

04 April 2022

Local appeal propelled a naïve painting of Farnham to 40-times its top estimate at Parker Fine Art Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale.

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Fairbanks collection: McEwen prices bloom and Betts sits comfortably in the market

28 March 2022

Two works formerly owned by American actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr (1909-2000) drew dramatic competition at a dedicated sale of his collection.

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Firm foundation for Sarah Stone

28 March 2022

Group of 18 lots sets a new level of demand and prices as recent trends drive strong interest