Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Going, going, private… Sotheby’s could compete on level terms with Christie’s – once it quits stock exchange

24 June 2019

Art market insiders are expecting a dramatic change in the dynamic at the top end of the sector if a remarkable $3.7bn bid to buy Sotheby’s completes this year.

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Top stories this week – including news of Only Fools and Horses millionaire cheque selling at auction

21 June 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of the £6.2m cheque that finally made the Trotter brothers millionaires selling at an auction in Bristol.

Vincent van Gogh gun

Van Gogh’s ‘suicide’ gun sells for €130,000 at auction in Paris

19 June 2019

The gun believed to be the weapon used by Vincent van Gogh to shoot himself in the summer of 1890 was knocked down at an €130,000 (£116,070) at auction in Paris.

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Sotheby's sold to media entrepreneur and art collector Patrick Drahi in $3.7bn deal

17 June 2019

Sotheby’s has been sold to BidFair USA, a company owned by media and telecom entrepreneur and art collector Patrick Drahi.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair

Beethoven’s hair bid to £28,000 at Sotheby’s

17 June 2019

A lock of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair that was “evidently given” by the great composer to the pianist Anton Halm in 1826 was knocked down at £28,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in London last week.

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Portrait of Augustus John’s painterly daughter brings bidding in Cambridge

17 June 2019

A portrait by Augustus John (1878-1961) of his daughter Gwyneth Johnstone attracted keen attention at auction in Cambridge last week.

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Top stories this week – including news of a metal detectorist’s £460,000 discovery

15 June 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a rare Roman gold coin found by a metal detectorist in a field in Kent selling at a London auction for £460,000.

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A Brilliant response to studio sale

10 June 2019

A maquette for the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Tavistock Square – valued at £20,000 on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow – was the top lot in a sale of works from the Polish-born artist Fredda Brilliant (1903-99).

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Pick of the week: Restituted Swiss self-portrait lights up saleroom

10 June 2019

Berlin auction house Grisebach posted an auction record for the Swiss artist Karl Stauffer-Bern (1857-91) on May 29 when it sold a self-portrait which had been recently restituted to the family of its original Jewish owners.

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Selective Russian auction series maintains capacity to wow

10 June 2019

The latest week of Russian art auctions in London generated £35.8m including premium, the highest total for a June series in this category since 2014.

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Top stories this week – including news of a 'lost' Dr Who episode emerging at auction

08 June 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of colour photos of the 'lost' Dr Who 'Power of the Daleks' episode emerging at south London auction house Roseberys.

Bronze maquette of of Mahatma Gandhi by Fredda Brilliant

Mahatma Gandhi sculpture more than doubles Antiques Roadshow valuation at Salisbury auction

05 June 2019

A maquette for the famous statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Tavistock Square that was valued at £20,000 six years ago on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow by dealer Philip Mould drew a lengthy bidding battle at auction today.

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Top stories this week – including news of ‘the most valuable English Golden Age clock ever to appear at auction’

01 June 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a Tompion table clock made for Mary II being offered at Bonhams this summer.

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‘Six-sixes’ auction saga continues as new footage of Gary Sobers interview is broadcast

31 May 2019

Journalist and author Grahame Lloyd has said he will continue his campaign to get Christie’s to acknowledge that the ‘wrong’ six-sixes cricket ball was sold at auction after footage emerged of the batsman Sir Garfield Sobers saying that only one ball was used in the famous over.

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

Speculation mounts over whether Louvre in Paris will label Salvator Mundi as a ‘workshop’ picture

30 May 2019

The question regarding the authorship of Leonardo's ‘Salvator Mundi’, the world’s most expensive painting, has again been the subject of media attention this week after it was claimed that experts at the Louvre in Paris are reluctant to exhibit it as a fully autograph work.

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Six lots to watch at MacDougall’s upcoming sale of Russian paintings and works of art

24 May 2019

Russian art specialists MacDougall’s is marking 15 years since holding its first auction in London and has announced that its upcoming sale on June 5 will have a total estimate of £8.5m.

‘A Cricket Match’ by LS Lowry

Five works raising the bar for LS Lowry since ‘A Cricket Match’ last appeared at auction 23 years ago

23 May 2019

LS Lowry’s (1887-1976) painting of a back-street cricket match in Salford from 1938 is among the stand-out lots offered at Sotheby’s this summer. Ahead of the sale, it was unveiled today at The Lowry in Salford – a public gallery not far from the Old Trafford Cricket Ground – where it will remain on view until May 27.

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Boris Becker memorabilia auction to go ahead after bankrupt tennis star withdraws injunction

21 May 2019

The sale of sporting memorabilia seized from bankrupt tennis star Boris Becker will be going ahead this summer, the auctioneers handling the consignment have confirmed to ATG.

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Old Master still-life brings £300,000 in Wiltshire sale

20 May 2019

A major price for an Old Master in the English regions came in Wiltshire last week when a still-life by Flemish painter Frans Snyders (1579-1657) caught the eye of multiple bidders.

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Giant haystacks and a steel rabbit post art market landmarks

20 May 2019

Some eye-catching individual prices punctuated the latest Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art sales in New York, helping to lift the year-on-year total .