Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Caravaggio case – Sotheby’s come out fighting

03 November 2014

The opening salvos have been fired in the court case centred on the version of Caravaggio’s ‘The Card Sharps’ which sold at Sotheby’s in 2006.

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Frieze week auctions set £197m total

23 October 2014

The Contemporary art auctions staged during London’s Frieze week showed no signs of letting up as the bidding took little account of the stockmarkets that were nosediving at the same time.

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A fitting memorial at CSK

09 September 2014

This memorial design featuring a magnificent peacock resting on a bier and surrounded by myrtle leaves was painted by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones in 1886 following the tragic death of Laura Lyttelton, a friend of the artist who died a few days after giving birth to a son.

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Ravilious discovery among highlights in the regions

29 August 2014

With the new auction season kicking off in September, plenty of pictures will be going under the hammer over the next few weeks and, naturally, there are a few stars that have come to light across the regions.

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Sotheby’s auction totals up but private sales fall

18 August 2014

Sotheby’s figures for the first half of 2014 saw a significant increase in auction totals help them to a 20% rise in operating income compared to the equivalent period last year.

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Artist’s studio records top hits with scenes of 1930s funfair

15 August 2014

When dispersing the contents of an artist’s studio, there is always the question of whether to sell the works all in one go or drip them onto the market over a longer period of time.

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Matania lots give boost to Yorkshire sale

17 July 2014

Twenty lots comprising works by Anglo-Italian artist Fortunino Matania will be offered at the upcoming fine art sale being held by Tennants of Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

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Old Master series boosted by sale of key collections

14 July 2014

While two of the top prices of the London auctions last week came for ancient sculptures – the £14m Old Kingdom Egyptian limestone statue at Christie’s and the £8.3m for the Roman marble of Aphrodite (c.41-54AD) at Sotheby’s – there was also a bumper run of Old Master and British picture sales.

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Bacon triptych tops contemporary sales

07 July 2014

The total from last week’s Contemporary art auctions in London may have been a far cry from the record New York series in May where $1.57bn (£975m) of art changed hands, but there was still plenty of action as the market continued on its current buoyant course.

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Mixed fortunes but Monet in the money at flagship London art sales

30 June 2014

One of Claude Monet’s paintings from his celebrated Water Lilies series led a slightly mixed round of Impressionist & Modern art auctions in London last week.

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Holman Hunt sells below estimate but still sets auction record

24 June 2014

Consigned by the debt-ridden Delaware Museum of Art, Isabella and the Pot of Basil by William Holman Hunt (1827-1910) was the top lot of Christie’s sale of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist art in London last week.

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Munnings hunting scene is hotly pursued in Salisbury

16 June 2014

When it comes to 20th century sporting pictures, there is no bigger name than Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959). Earlier this month, a sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury sale saw the consignment of certainly one of the more notable works by the Mendham, Suffolk-born artist to have appeared in the regions over recent times.

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Lowry’s view of Manchester takes £2m at Sotheby’s

13 June 2014

A painting of a well-known location in Manchester by L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) led the latest sale of Modern & Post-War British Art at Sotheby’s.

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No end to desire for Russell Flints

28 May 2014

An instantly recognisable William Russell Flint (1880-1969) watercolour drew a strenuous competition at Mallams in Oxford last week.

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Fresh British pictures on the US starting line

23 May 2014

Two market-fresh British pictures consigned from a private American collection to Ahlers & Ogletree’s upcoming auction make a significant addition to the 1000-plus lots being offered at the Atlanta saleroom.

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Large Lenkiewicz group sees signs of growth

23 May 2014

Most fine art sales at Exeter saleroom Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood feature multiple works by the irrepressible Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) and their latest event was no different.

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New York series posts record auction total

16 May 2014

There was no slowing down in the Contemporary art market as the latest sales in New York posted a record for any auction series.

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Biggest auction total ever as Contemporary bubble continues to expand

14 May 2014

Christie’s posted a record total for any auction ever with a $745m (£462.7m) premium-inclusive total at their evening sale of post-war and Contemporary art in New York last night (Tuesday, May 13). It now begs the question: how much further can this boom keep going?

Law change could protect authenticators in New York

12 May 2014

Legislation designed to protect art authenticators from lengthy and expensive legal claims has been proposed in New York.

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Asian buyers prominent during New York sales

12 May 2014

A reported increase in Asian buying was the most notable feature of a somewhat underwhelming series of Impressionist & Modern art auctions in New York last week.