Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Cranach the Elder leads Sotheby’s Old Master sale at £8.2m

08 July 2015

Sotheby’s evening sale of Old Master and British paintings was led by Lucas Cranach the Elder’s La Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth) which made a major auction record when it was knocked down at £8.2m.

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Contemporary art week: some bumps on the record road

06 July 2015

The latest series of Contemporary art auctions in London posted a bumper total despite the failure of some big-ticket lots.

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Rare Franz Sedlacek oil blooms at £85,000

02 July 2015

An oil on panel by Franz Sedlacek (1891-1945), an Austrian artist prominent in the Vienna Secession group of painters, drew international bidding at Toovey’s of Washington, West Sussex.

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Restituted works headline Impressionist and Modern art auction series

29 June 2015

A group of restituted paintings were among the highlights of a robust series of Impressionist and Modern art auctions in London.

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Klimt portrait tops Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art sale at £22m

24 June 2015

A couple of recently restituted works of art drew prolonged bidding at Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art in London including Gustav Klimt's (1862-1918) portrait of Gertrud Loew which was the top lot of the night at £22m.

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Constable family portrait rediscovered

24 June 2015

In the 1984 book ‘The Late Paintings and Drawings of John Constable’ by Graham Reynolds, a pencil drawing of the back and shoulders of the artist’s wife Mrs Maria Constable (nee Bicknell) is described as ‘whereabouts unknown’.

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Gainsborough sketch surfaces in Ruislip

15 June 2015

Auctioneers Bainbridges of Ruislip are selling a chalk and gouache drawing attributed to Thomas Gainsborough.

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Thin sales indicate slump in Russian market

08 June 2015

The slump in the Russian art market was laid bare last week. The total for the latest auction series in London was a third of the equivalent sales in 2014.

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Ashmolean launches campaign to secure Turner’s view of Oxford

05 June 2015

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has launched a public campaign to raise the funds needed to secure JMW Turner's The High Street, Oxford.

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Newly discovered Thomas Girtin watercolour of London knocked down at £125,000

02 June 2015

Found in the attic of a large Welsh house, this watercolour by Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) of St Paul’s Cathedral drew dramatic competition at Chorley’s sale in Gloucestershire.

It’s not over yet: the continuing saga of the ‘six sixes’ cricket ball

01 June 2015

A new twist has emerged in the long-running story of the ‘six sixes’ cricket ball.

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New record for Danish art at auction

22 May 2015

This interior scene by Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) set an artist’s record when it was knocked down at £1.7m at Sotheby’s in London.

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Elephant hopes rest on Rego

21 May 2015

This print ‘Unhappy Courtship’ by Dame Paula Rego (b.1935) is estimated at £2000-3000 at a charity sale being conducted by Roseberys.

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Pointing to a new pricing territory at flagship auction fortnight in New York

18 May 2015

The latest Modern and Contemporary art auctions in New York took the market to new heights with $2.73bn (£1.84bn) changing hands over two weeks of flagship sales.

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Christie’s billion dollar week of sales as Contemporary art market inflates further

14 May 2015

Christie’s evening sale of post-war and Contemporary art last night posted a premium-inclusive total of $658.5m (£445m) as the bumper fortnight of auctions continued in New York.

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Rothko heads Sotheby’s contemporary art sale in New York

13 May 2015

Mark Rothko’s 'Untitled (Yellow and Blue)' led Sotheby’s sale of Contemporary art in New York last night.

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Picasso sets all-time auction record as Giacometti reaches new high for sculpture

12 May 2015

A new high for any work of art sold at auction came at Christie’s New York last night as Pablo Picasso’s ‘Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)’ sold at $160m (£108.1m).

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Paul Nash leads Modern British art selection at Cottees

17 April 2015

Dorset auctioneers Cottees ventured into the Modern Art market with their latest sale featuring works by the likes of Paul Nash, Fred Yates and Lawrence Durrell.

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Picasso predicted to fetch $140m

27 March 2015

It has the highest-ever estimate placed on a work of art at auction. Predicted to fetch ‘in the region of $140m’, Christie’s are offering Pablo Picasso’s ‘Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)’ in New York on May 11.

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Philpot portrait from Noël Coward’s collection sets £250,000 record

23 March 2015

This portrait by Glyn Warren Philpot (1884-1937) was the star performer of pictures formerly in Sir Noël Coward’s collection sold at Christie’s South Kensington.