Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
William Roberts work rings tubular bells03 January 2022
Trademark colourful picture features people depicted with a distinctive style of limbs.
Park's portrait of wife Peggy impresses03 January 2022
An artist’s painting of his wife turned heads at a recent David Lay (18% buyer’s premium) auction in Penzance, selling over 10 times above estimate.
Knight and Bomberg as war artists03 January 2022
In 1946 the artist Laura Knight (1877-1970) was commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee to create a painting of the Nuremberg Trials.
Five top paintings sold at auctions outside London this year28 December 2021
Despite the lockdowns, the last 12 months has been a busy time for the art market with plenty of activity witnessed around the country. Here we pick out five of the top picture results at auctions outside London in 2021.
Tantalising sketch gives glimpse ‘of a young Francis Bacon’20 December 2021
Shepeard collection includes a drawing thought to be an unrecorded portrait of the artist
Banksy prints bowl up at auction20 December 2021
Two Banksy prints donated to charity set high prices for their respective individual editions at a Bristol auction.
Bratbys on offer bought direct from the artist20 December 2021
Two works by ‘kitchen sink’ realist John Bratby (1928-92) were offered in the latest picture sale at Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).
Art rarity: the trade outbids private buyers20 December 2021
A sight increasingly uncommon at auction – the trade outbidding private buyers on key lots of Modern art – occurred a number of times at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale in this category.
Company School Indian art comes of age13 December 2021
New York dealer chooses ideal time to disperse a select group of works at dedicated auction.
Down Under watercolour prices go way up13 December 2021
Lyon & Turnbull’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) auction to disperse the contents of Lowood House may well be best remembered for the early 16th century maiolica dish which fetched a mighty £1.04m – reported on the front page of ATG No 2513.
Signed by artist or patron?13 December 2021
Among a number of Indian miniatures causing a stir at London sales this autumn was a painting of a camel and its rider.
Getty Museum buys an ‘Elgin marble’ – but not a Greek one09 December 2021
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angles has acquired an early first-century marble bust of the Roman general Germanicus, the adopted son of the Emperor Tiberius and father of Caligula.
Major jewellery theft from Partridge saleroom06 December 2021
Police are appealing for information following a theft of more than 400 pieces of jewellery, coins and watches from Adam Partridge Auctioneers.
Barns-Graham and her friends06 December 2021
Sale of works owned by the Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham reflects strong connections with other St Ives artists.
Jagger portrait captures wartime fortitude06 December 2021
Ever since the auction record for David Jagger (1891-1958) was more than doubled six years ago by the striking portrait The Conscientious Objector, works by the elusive artist have been a highly valuable proposition.
Age and name unknown – the $120,000 lady29 November 2021
Portrait subject claimed as Elizabeth I will be subject to research after rediscovery in upstate New York
Art Market: Taking the underground route29 November 2021
Paintings of caves including a view from a Channel Island in the spotlight at two salerooms
Demand for modern female artists remains on a high29 November 2021
The strong prices for Modern British female artists keep rolling on. Among the notable results in the regions recently was a beach scene by Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) that was among the star performers at Parker Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).
President portrayed in pastel29 November 2021
Portraits by James Sharples (1751-1811) appear to make less money than you might expect given the calibre of his sitters.
Private collections prominent in flagship New York sales22 November 2021
Two big-name sources – the Cox collection and the Macklowe collection – lead the way as Modern and Contemporary art market shows recovery from pandemic impact