Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
Salvador Dali Christmas card designs on sale this summer20 May 2019
A group of 15 works on paper by Salvador Dalí (1904-89) which were produced as Christmas card designs will be offered in Paris this summer. They are estimated to raise up to €1m at Artcurial’s Modern and Impressionist Art auction in Paris, writes Alex Capon.
John Singer Sargent later watercolours raise a combined $220,000 at Boston sale20 May 2019
The American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is best known for the high-society ‘swagger’ portraits that had earned him fame and fortune, but the watercolours he produced in greater number are more commonly available at auction.
Sotheby’s sets auction record for an Impressionist picture as Claude Monet 'Haystack' painting takes $97m15 May 2019
A painting from Claude Monet’s (1840-1926) ‘haystacks’ series set the highest price at auction for an Impressionist picture at Sotheby’s New York last night.
Salvador Dalí original Christmas cards predicted to make up to €1m at Paris auction15 May 2019
A group of 15 works on paper by Salvador Dalí (1904-89) which were produced as Christmas card designs will be offered in Paris this summer. They are estimated to raise up to €1m at Artcurial’s Modern and Impressionist Art auction.
Qianlong throne takes £5.2m at Christie’s auction14 May 2019
A fervent bidding battle was witnessed in London earlier today as a Chinese throne sold for five times estimate at Christie’s.
Top stories this week – including news of historic book dealer Bernard Quaritch leaving Mayfair10 May 2019
The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of the famous rare book dealership Bernard Quaritch relocating away from Mayfair.
Fresh-to-market John Singer Sargent watercolours emerge at Skinner auction09 May 2019
Two watercolours by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) that have been in a private American collection for nearly a century have emerged will be offered at an auction in Boston this week. One of them was described in the artist’s catalogue raisonée as “one of the most subtle and beautiful of Sargent’s architectural studies”.
Strong selling rates across New York’s Classic Week auctions06 May 2019
Christie’s latest ‘Classic Week’ sales series put in a robust performance with sales of Old Master and 19th century pictures, sculpture and antiquities generating a premium-inclusive total of $79.5m (£61.16m).
Early depiction of a British synagogue interior by first Jewish member of the Royal Academy sells to Ben Uri Gallery at auction03 May 2019
A watercolour by Solomon Alexander Hart (1806-1881), the first Jewish member of the Royal Academy, drew dramatic competition at Tennants’ latest sale in North Yorkshire.
Phillips bolsters US business with former Sotheby's hires and Christie’s focuses on private sales - the latest Movers and Shakers30 April 2019
A selection of appointments across the art and antiques market including Phillips hiring former Sotheby’s head of Impressionist & Modern art David Norman.
Top stories this week – including news of UK museums buying a portrait of the Scottish architect James Adam26 April 2019
The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a New York Old Master dealer helping the National Galleries of Scotland and the Victoria & Albert Museum buy a portrait of the Scottish architect and designer James Adam.
Japanese vendor consigns JMW Turner landscape to Sotheby’s auction in London25 April 2019
A late work by JMW Turner (1775-1851) depicting a Surrey landscape that was once owned by the banker JP Morgan will be offered at Sotheby’s Old Master evening sale in London this summer.
An Old Master jigsaw puzzler19 April 2019
Researching Old Master paintings is sometimes likened to putting together the pieces of a jigsaw. But for one upcoming work, it seems this was quite literally the case.
Top stories this week – including news of the ‘biggest house contents auction’ in the regions for a decade19 April 2019
The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of the announcement of what promises to be the biggest house contents sale of the year and the largest by a UK regional auction house for more than a decade.
Catalogue released as ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ goes on show at Paris contemporary art gallery17 April 2019
The catalogue for the painting billed as the ‘Toulouse Caravaggio (1571-1610)’ has been published ahead of its auction in June.
Christie’s owner Pinault family pledges €100m for Notre-Dame in Paris after fire16 April 2019
The Pinault family, owner of auction house Christie’s, has pledged €100m for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris after the fire yesterday.
Valuable books missing since Second World War restored to Bonn library after being consigned to Sotheby’s12 April 2019
Six-hundred rare books, manuscripts and prints which were lost or stolen from a German library during the Second World War have been returned after they were consigned to Sotheby’s.
Florence Nightingale pamphlet and a portrait of an 18th century African girl in Edinburgh – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week12 April 2019
ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a nursing pamphlet sent and inscribed by Florence Nightingale and an 18th century watercolour of an African girl in Edinburgh.
Paul Pogba consigns World Cup final boots to charity auction11 April 2019
Manchester United star Paul Pogba is selling the boots he wore at the 2018 World Cup final at a charity auction in Paris.
How Russian art became “a growing beast of a category”09 April 2019
Ten landmark sales at Christie's that highlight the dramatic rise of the Russian art market since the fall of communism.