Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

Rembrandt picture

Reidentified Rembrandt emerges at Sotheby's auction

16 October 2023

Sotheby’s and Christie’s have both announced major lots that will feature at the next series of Old Master auctions in London in December.


Iberia held a fascination for Hillier

16 October 2023

The early English Surrealist Tristram Hillier (1905-83) was a regular visitor to Spain and Portugal.


The Birleys up close and personal

16 October 2023

Group of paintings the artistic couple kept at their beloved manor house find new homes after auction


Hefty Houston work lochs in a commission bid

16 October 2023

The highest price at auction for Scottish painter George Houston (1869-1947) in almost six years came at a recent McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) sale.

English School portrait

Auction of Robert Kime collection takes more than £7m

09 October 2023

The sale of the collection of dealer and ‘titan of design’ Robert Kime drew a flurry of interest at Dreweatts last week, raising more than £7.6m hammer across three days.


Glenavy work appears in Texas

09 October 2023

An intriguing painting by Lady Beatrice Glenavy (1881-1970) emerged at auction in an unusual location last month.


Mysterious result at Sotheby's shows market stays ‘stubbornly mercurial’

09 October 2023

Not for first time in recent memory, a work by a female artist made an unexpected amount at auction that left saleroom watchers and probably even the auctioneers themselves struggling to explain the price.


Raphael goes into auction battle after new attribution of horseman study

09 October 2023

A study of a horse and rider billed as a late work by Raphael (1483-1520) is being offered at auction in Austria.


‘Forgotten’ or not, a market that is good for profit

09 October 2023

Rediscovery of overlooked female artists is a welcome reappraisal – and driving ever-higher prices

Canaletto painting of Grand Canal

Unrecorded Canaletto pair to headline Christie’s Old Master series

06 October 2023

A pair of ‘prime location’ Venetian scenes by the great Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto (1697-1768), will lead Christie’s Old Master sale in London on December 7.

Study for the Battle of the Milvian Bridge

Preparatory sketch for Raphael’s ‘ambitious project’ emerges in Vienna

05 October 2023

A study of a horse and rider billed as a late work by Raphael (1483-1520) is being offered at auction in Austria.


Queen singer Freddie Mercury found his prints charming

02 October 2023

Music legend’s art collecting was little known but prolific


Banksy reimagines Warhol with value branding

02 October 2023

'Only Banksy' was the title of a 24-lot offering at Forum Auctions (30/24/15% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in London.


Classic Bawden Essex linocut rides into the Cotswolds

02 October 2023

Among the Modern British prints generating interest at auction this summer was a copy of Edward Bawden’s (1903-89) linocut 'The Road to Thaxted'.

Willy Lott’s House by John Constable

John Constable sketch of Willy Lott’s House makes £200,000 in Guernsey

30 September 2023

A recently rediscovered oil sketch by John Constable (1776-1837) drew interest with eight telephone lines booked at Martel Maides (20% buyer’s premium) in St Peter Port, Guernsey on September 21.

Whistler picture

Hindman holds first New York sales series

25 September 2023

Hindman will hold its first sales in New York with a series of single-owner auctions from October 18-26.


Welsh Williams, but not just Sir Kyffin for once

25 September 2023

Regular followers of the modern Welsh art market will know that strong competition at Rogers Jones’ (24% buyer’s premium) specialist Welsh sales normally comes for an artist called Williams.


Making hay while the sun shines: work from a Staithes Group collection

25 September 2023

A dedicated sale of 117 lots from the collection of the late Teesside art dealers and Staithes Group specialists Tom and Rosamund Jordan was held this summer at Tennants (24% buyer’s premium) in North Yorkshire.


Old Masters: Off-peak service in the market

18 September 2023

While the ‘peak season’ for Old Master sales in the UK traditionally falls twice a year in early July and December, coinciding with the flagship sales in the London rooms, notable lots nevertheless appear throughout the year at auctions around the country.


Dutch scholar sitter comes with a princely provenance

18 September 2023

A handsome portrait with a princely provenance was among a group of intriguing Old Masters offered at a Gloucestershire saleroom