Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

‘Jug with Bottles’ by Sir Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill whisky painting brings bidding battle at Sotheby’s

20 November 2020

A still life by Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) which included his tipple of choice, a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label, sold at Sotheby’s this week for £800,000.

‘Dedham Vale’ by John Constable

John Constable landscape emerges at Sworders after being dismissed as a copy by another London auctioneer

17 November 2020

Sworders is offering an oil sketch of the Suffolk countryside by John Constable (1776-1837). It will be offered for sale on December 8-9, estimated at £100,000-150,000.

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Buyer's premium rises at Bonhams and Phillips

16 November 2020

Auction houses Bonhams and Phillips have both increased their buyer's premium.

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James Dodds prices buoyant in the saleroom

16 November 2020

James Dodds (b.1957) has been described as both ‘East Anglia’s most famous Contemporary artist after Dame Maggi Hambling’ and as ‘boatbuilding’s artist laureate’.

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Life is a doodle for a 26-year-old

16 November 2020

Not too many artists appearing at regional auctions have over two million followers on Instagram but, then again, not too many are like Mr Doodle (b.1994).

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Post-war & Contemporary art: Middle market holding up despite supply issues at the top end

16 November 2020

The latest Post-war & Contemporary results produced some encouraging signs that supply and demand are holding up well in the £1000 to £50,000 level

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John Shinnors among auction winners at Dreweatts

16 November 2020

Strong bidding emerged at Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Modern & Contemporary Art auction as a work by Irish artist John Shinnors (b.1950) caught the eye of no fewer than eight trade and private buyers.

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Early Banksy spray painting makes waves at Bonhams

16 November 2020

The irrepressible Banksy (b.1975) led the day at Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/13.9%) latest auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art in London.

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Auerbach etchings draw interest at Roseberys

16 November 2020

A group of three etchings by Frank Auerbach (b.1931), all head studies of fellow artists, were among the lots receiving interest at Roseberys’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale of Modern and Contemporary prints.

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Francis Bacon lithograph triptych among highlights at Tennants

16 November 2020

Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) latest sale of Modern and Contemporary art generated some confident bidding both online and in the room, taking in limited-edition prints by famous names.

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Stand-alone topographical picture auctions at Christie’s come to an end after 52 years

09 November 2020

Christie’s has axed its stand-alone sales of topographical pictures and will incorporate the specialist department into the 19th century picture department based in London. Consignments in this area will now be offered in auctions in the wider category.

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Irish and Scottish Art: Border forces at work in the market

09 November 2020

Shifting Covid-19 regulations have complicated the Irish and Scottish art markets but online and phone bidding has helped to keep results relatively robust

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Nicholson sounds the retreat with a Scottish work

09 November 2020

A painting by an English artist but with a Scottish subject drew attention at the latest Modern Made auction held by Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium).

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A sunny day in Ireland as Whyte's sells 'the best Paul Henry we have ever handled'

09 November 2020

The Irish art market produced lively action just before new Covid-19 rules came into effect.

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Yeats makes waves in Dublin

09 November 2020

As with fellow Dublin saleroom Whyte’s, Adam’s (25% buyer’s premium inc VAT) latest Irish art sale was led by a Paul Henry.

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Wall hanging is a great Scott

09 November 2020

Among the works bringing competition at de Veres (25% buyer’s premium) of Dublin on October 20 was a handmade woollen wall hanging by Patrick Scott (1921-2014).

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‘Belfast Boy’ O’Neill shines in summertime

09 November 2020

Works by Daniel O’Neill (1920-74) are a common sight at auction, mostly paintings of mysterious female figures in unspecified landscapes.

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Traquair takes the attention at Bonhams

09 November 2020

A group of 33 lots that came to auction from a descendant of the artist Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) drew a strong response at Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/13.9%) latest Scottish sale in Edinburgh.

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Iona in oil and watercolour

09 November 2020

Two Scottish coastal pictures attracted multiple bidders at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) latest Art & Design sale.

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Architect’s apprentice McGhie built an artistic legacy

09 November 2020

Two trademark scenes by Scottish artist John McGhie (1867-1952) impressed at Great Western Auctions (24% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow.