Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Typical Bradley work recalls Blackpool childhood scene

28 March 2022

A work by the prolific Helen Bradley (1900-79) drew interest at the latest Northern Art sale held by Wilson55 (22% buyer’s premium) in Nantwich, Cheshire.

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Bonhams buys Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen

22 March 2022

Bonhams’ run of acquiring other auction businesses continues.

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Russia Week axed after new sanctions

21 March 2022

In the wake of new sanctions on Russia, auction houses Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams have cancelled sales of Russian art in London scheduled for June.

Bonhams acquires Skinner to boost online and US operations

21 March 2022

Bonhams has acquired Massachusetts auction house Skinner – a purchase that comes only two months after it bought Swedish saleroom Bukowskis.

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Boost for Benton End lesser names

21 March 2022

Refurbishment of the East Anglian art school’s former home and an exhibition could push prices up

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Tirzah Garwood on track as a rising star of the Mod Brit scene

21 March 2022

Prices for Tirzah Garwood (1908-51) continue to rise.

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Nash brothers go for beauty

21 March 2022

After producing some of the most famous images of the Second World War, Paul Nash (1889-1946) began to focus on more pleasant landscapes.

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Bonhams buys Boston saleroom Skinner

16 March 2022

Bonhams has acquired US auction house Skinner in a purchase that comes only two months after it bought Swedish saleroom Bukowskis.

Flemish school portrait

Barcelona bidders on the trail of a ‘Bouts’ portrait

14 March 2022

A portrait of a 15th century Flemish man drew a protracted bidding battle in Barcelona this month after speculation it could be an elusive work by Dieric Bouts (c.1415-75).

Early Thomas Gainsborough picture

Portrait ‘by 16-year-old Thomas Gainsborough’ consigned to Cambridge sale

14 March 2022

An early work believed to have been painted by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) at the age of 16 has emerged at Cambridge saleroom Cheffins.

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Unfinished ‘van Dyck’ stars in Sloane St debut

14 March 2022

An unfinished portrait attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) led the inaugural sale held by Sloane Street Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in London.

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Angelica Kauffman portrait reassessed as a George Romney attracts bidding at West Sussex sale

14 March 2022

A portrait of a young woman which was previously attributed to Angelica Kauffman drew bidding at Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium) after being reattributed to George Romney (1734-1802).

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Lewis couple consignments guided in the millions at Christie’s

14 March 2022

Christie’s was first off the mark in terms of releasing details of upcoming lots at this summer’s Old Masters auction series in London. Last week it announced two important consignments from the collection of Cecil and Hilda Lewis.

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Flemish flourish as lively Old Master emerges at Bellmans

14 March 2022

A lively 17th century painting showing people in a Flemish tavern, drinking, smoking and playing cards with a man playing the bagpipes will be among the lots at Bellmans’ Old Master & 19th Century Paintings auction in Wisborough Green, West Sussex, on March 29.

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Grand design from a Venetian artist abroad

14 March 2022

Among the Old Masters in Roseberys’ sale on March 22 is this painting depicting a view of Venice by Jacopo Fabris (1689-1761). It shows the Fondaco dei Turchi, a palazzo on the Grand Canal.

Oleksandr Bohomazov's Landscape, Caucasus (undulating composition)

Auction houses ban Russian bidders as sanctions take hold

07 March 2022

A number of UK auction houses have stopped taking bids from buyers in Russia in response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Surrealist entrance to Sotheby's

London series topped by £51.5m record for Magritte

07 March 2022

A Surrealist painting by René Magritte (1898-1967) led the latest round of Modern and Contemporary art sales in London.

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Less is more in the modern world

07 March 2022

Emerging artists and those out of the limelight become popular as buyers look for new names

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Norman Cornish watercolour surfaces in Kent

07 March 2022

An example of the work of northern artist Norman Cornish (1919-2014) appeared down south at Canterbury Auction Galleries (22.5% buyer’s premium).

The Resurrection, Cookham by Stanley Spencer.

Cookham Resurrection sets record on paper for Stanley Spencer

28 February 2022

‘Resurrection’ scenes by Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) hold a special place in the artist’s canon.