Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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‘Profumo Affair’ sketch brings £8500

20 November 2023

Stephen Ward (1912-63) will no doubt always be remembered as the man who introduced the model Christine Keeler to the politician John Profumo.

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The ‘studio’ works that place forgotten artists in a new light

20 November 2023

Works that come to auction directly from artists’ estates often have extra appeal due to a combination of factors.

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Four-legged friends help Fulton to a four-year high

20 November 2023

The artist Samuel Fulton (1855-1941) painted portraits of people and horses but by far his favourite subject was dogs.

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Pownall enjoys atmosphere of nights out in London

20 November 2023

Atmospheric views of London were the stock-in-trade of George Hyde Pownall (1866-1932).

Picasso's Femme a la montre

Picasso powers ahead to crown New York evening sales

13 November 2023

A good crop of top-end Impressionist and Modern pictures lifted the latest flagship series of auctions in New York.

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Art Market: Churchyard on cloud £9000

13 November 2023

Small sky study sets a new high for works by the artist who was a great observer of nature

Portrait of Marie-Therese Walter by Pablo Picasso

Picasso portrait leads sale of the Landau collection at Sotheby’s

09 November 2023

A Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) portrait from the early 1930s set the second highest price for the artist at auction as Sotheby’s kicked off its latest fortnight of Modern and Contemporary art auctions in New York.

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The wheel deal: Zinkeisen’s unchained melody

06 November 2023

Scenes of parks were a favourite topic of artist Doris Clare Zinkeisen (1897-1991) although most of those produced show figures or horses and carriages.

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Strong Winifred Nicholson result outside London

06 November 2023

A high price for a Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981) picture sold outside the main London rooms came recently in Cumbria.

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The name’s Bond: Jane Bond

06 November 2023

Jane Bond (b.1939), a costume designer for stage, television and films, started painting portraits especially from the early 1980s onward.

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Ethel Walker works stand out in the saleroom

06 November 2023

Two of the highest prices at auction in the last 20 years for Dame Ethel Walker (1861-1951) came at Roseberys’ (26% buyer’s premium) latest Modern British & 20th Century Art sale.

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Modern and Contemporary art: middle market for 20th century makes a greater impact

06 November 2023

Many 20th century works are selling very healthily at mid-range price points

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Sporting art in the picture at Gloucestershire sale

03 November 2023

A group of works previously kept at Glympton Park in Oxfordshire will be offered at British Bespoke Auctions on November 16.

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That loving feline: David Hockney ceramic cat doubles estimate at auction

30 October 2023

A rare ceramic cat given by David Hockney (b.1937) to strangers who helped him as a student fetched a record price for one of the artist’s sculptural felines when it sold at Stacey’s in Chelmsford.

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Robert Kime: ‘Great assembler of beautiful things’

30 October 2023

Pictures were a prominent part of the Robert Kime (1946-2022) aesthetic.

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Gold price reaches record high in UK

27 October 2023

The price of gold reached a record high this week as the instability in the Middle East was among the reasons investors flocked to the traditional ‘safe haven’.

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Specialists had gone on a Frank Algernon Stewart hunt

23 October 2023

Two watercolours by Frank Algernon Stewart (1877-1945) were among the best performers in a collection of works amassed by two former gallery owners.

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Not such a warm response to Frieze week auctions compared to last year

23 October 2023

The latest Frieze week auctions in London generated a markedly lower total than the equivalent series last year.

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Another high Helen Allingham price in Worcestershire

23 October 2023

Following the record £64,000 for a Helen Allingham (1848-1926) watercolour at Philip Serrell (20% buyer’s premium) back in July, another group of works by the artist was offered at the Malvern saleroom.

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Bauer’s Balinese scene serves to please

23 October 2023

Dutch artist used a technique that was much admired in his homeland as well as Britain