Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
Tate takes ownership of Joshua Reynolds portrait from Castle Howard16 August 2016
The Tate has acquired a major portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) from Castle Howard in North Yorkshire after it was accepted in lieu of inheritance tax.
Ivory statuettes blocked from export… but will they be saved for the nation?15 August 2016
The government has imposed an export bar on two ivory statuettes by Balthasar Permoser (1651-1732), allowing UK buyers the opportunity to match the £1.8m price before they leave the country.
‘Irreplaceable’ Tudor stained glass stolen from Leicestershire chapel12 August 2016
A Tudor stained glass panel attributed to Galeon Hone, glazier to King Henry VIII, has been stolen from the 16th-century Withcote Chapel, near Market Harborough in Leicestershire.
Fellows move to larger London offices and expand their team12 August 2016
Fellows are moving their London office from Queen Street to Hill Street, just off Berkeley Square.
COMMENT – industry split over Advertising Standards Authority probe into auction pricing12 August 2016
The art and antiques trade has reacted with mixed views over the launch of an investigation into the way auction houses display their commission rates. A number of dealers have told ATG that an investigation into transparency of buyer’s premium is long overdue, while auctioneers have pointed out that the proposed changes would be unnecessary and impractical.
South African art specialists launch new auction firm in Johannesburg11 August 2016
A new auction house has been set up in South Africa. Aspire Art Auctions will hold their inaugural sale in Johannesburg on October 31.
Hackney brings in the money – early Lawrence Gowing view of London takes record £40,00010 August 2016
A record price for a work by Sir Lawrence Gowing (1918-1991) came at the latest fine art sale held by Brightwells of Leominster.
Sotheby’s make higher profits despite drop in auction market08 August 2016
Sotheby’s latest results showed the firm has increased profits despite a significant fall in auction sales. Their share price jumped by over 15% after the figures were released earlier today.
ASA to investigate transparency over auction premiums27 July 2016
The Advertising Standards Authority have launched an investigation into the way auction houses display their commission rates.
Phillips host loan show of Barbara Hepworth’s late works22 July 2016
Phillips are hosting an exhibition of late works by Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) in collaboration with the Hepworth Wakefield.
Sotheby's promote Claudia Dwek to European chairman of contemporary art20 July 2016
Sotheby’s have appointed Claudia Dwek as chairman of contemporary art, Europe. She will remain as co-chairman of Sotheby’s Italy.
Christie’s sales down 27% – is this an art market slump?20 July 2016
Christie’s has experienced a sharp fall in overall sales. In figures released earlier today the company reported sales of £2.1bn for the first half of 2016, which compared to £2.9bn for the same period in 2015.
Cash in the attic - Grancino cello and Voirin bow sell for £173,000 at London auction19 July 2016
A cello by Giovanni Grancino made in Milan in c.1710 was one of a number of ‘attic finds’ that led Brompton’s latest musical instruments auction.
Regime change at Stanley Gibbons as top bosses made redundant18 July 2016
Major changes have been announced to the management and board of Stanley Gibbons after the chief executive and chief financial officer were made redundant.
Toulouse-Lautrec posters sweep into Swann’s auction15 July 2016
A series of posters by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec headlines the upcoming Vintage Posters sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York.
Forum Auctions first sale tops £1m and is led by rare Cicero on vellum15 July 2016
The inaugural sale held by new London saleroom Forum Auctions concluded yesterday with £1.1m raised (including premium) from 364 lots.
Record for Latin American art as Phillips negotiate private deal for Rivera painting15 July 2016
Phillips have negotiated the private sale of ‘Baile en Tehuantepec’ by Diego Rivera (1886-1957) for $15.75m (£12m), a price which they claim is a record for any piece of Latin American art.
London Art Week: a round-up of sales14 July 2016
The fourth edition of London Art Week which ended last Friday achieved some notable sales, with prices ranging from £1000 to over £1m.
Starman in the saleroom – David Bowie’s art collection heads to Sotheby’s14 July 2016
Sotheby’s have announced that they will be selling David Bowie’s art collection in November.
Art dealer faces fresh questions over Picasso theft after images of works found on his laptop13 July 2016
A Paris art dealer was placed under renewed investigation last week in the latest twist involving the alleged theft of three works from Pablo Picasso’s stepdaughter.