Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

Miety Heiden of Phillips

Phillips appoint Miety Heiden to head up private sales operation

15 March 2017

Continuing the run of ex-Sotheby’s and Christie’s staff joining Phillips, Miety Heiden has been appointed as deputy chairman and head of private sales.

Francesca Ellis of  JP Humbert

Northamptonshire auctioneer appoints new co-director

15 March 2017

Whittlebury saleroom JP Humbert have appointed Francesca Ellis as co-director.

Sotheby's contemporary art auctions

Currency weakness helps London auction fortnight to record figures

14 March 2017

The latest series of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary art auctions in London showed a dramatic improvement on the equivalent sales last year and the overall premium-inclusive total represented a record in terms of sterling.

Xuande dish at Sotheby's

New York snowstorm hits ‘Asia Week’ auction calendar

13 March 2017

A snowstorm expected to hit New York over the next 24 hours has led to changes to ‘Asia Week’ auctions scheduled for this week.

Christies South Kensington

Christie’s to close South Kensington saleroom

08 March 2017

Christie’s is proposing to close its auctions in South Kensington.

Patrick van der Vorst, owner of Value My Stuff

Patrick van der Vorst buys back Value My Stuff

08 March 2017

The founder of Value My Stuff, Patrick van der Vorst, has bought back the online valuation firm after its parent company Auctionata entered administration.

Bauerngarten (Blumengarten) by Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt landscape sells for £42.5m at Sotheby’s auction - third highest price ever for an artwork sold in Europe

01 March 2017

A shimmering floral landscape by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was knocked down at £42.5m at Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist & Modern art in London on March 1.

Auction gavel

Auctionata closes down after failure to find buyer

01 March 2017

Online auction house Auctionata is closing down after an attempt to find new investment failed to materialise.

Johnny van Haeften’s stand at TEFAF Maastricht

Image gallery: 12 highlights from TEFAF Maastricht 2017

23 February 2017

The launch of two annual New York fairs may have given TEFAF roots in another continent but the Maastricht fair remains the ‘mothership’ of the organisation. For most of the 270 dealers exhibiting, the event represents a crucial part of the financial year as they vie to attract collectors and institutions from across the world buy the best items they have to offer. The 30th edition of TEFAF Maastricht opens on March 10 (with an invitation-only preview on the day before) and runs until March 17. Here are 12 highlights from around the stands.


Old Master dispute set for high court

18 February 2017

A DISPUTE over a $10m Old Master looks to be heading to the High Court after London dealer Mark Weiss said he would “vigorously” defend a legal claim made against him by Sotheby’s last week.

Paul Nash

Provenance of Paul Nash painting sold at auction disputed

17 February 2017

The sale of an early 20th century artwork attributed to Paul Nash has been cancelled after recent tests have thrown doubt on its origins.

Shaun Greenhalgh painting

Bolton saleroom offer convicted faker’s ‘Lowry’ imitations

10 February 2017

Three paintings by Shaun Greenhalgh, the faker who was sentenced to four years in prison in 2007, are being offered at Bolton Auction Rooms later this month.

White Cube in Masons Yard London

White Cube signs up for TEFAF New York as exhibitor list given modern focus

06 February 2017

TEFAF has released the exhibitor list for its second fair in New York which runs at the Park Avenue Armory next May. Among the new galleries signing up is Contemporary art powerhouse White Cube.

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Slideshow – seven key lots from New York’s Old Master auction series

31 January 2017

The latest series of Old Master auctions in New York posted a total of $52.662m (£41.8m) including premium. With Christie’s moving their main sales in this category to April, this figure was always bound to come in below the $113.3m (£78.14m) for the equivalent series last year. Yet, the auctions performed relatively well overall and provided a decent selection of individual highlights, seven of which are pictured here.


Legal action launched over ‘Parmigianino’

28 January 2017

THE issue of alleged ‘fakes’ in the Old Master market could now be heading to court after Sotheby’s launched legal action to recover its losses over the sale of one of the works brought into question.

Furio Rinaldi of Christie's

Christie’s appoints Old Master drawing specialist in New York

19 January 2017

Christie’s have appointed Furio Rinaldi as associate specialist in the Old Master Drawings department in New York.

Saint Jerome painting

Sotheby’s sues vendor of Italian Old Master as ‘fakes scandal’ reaches court

17 January 2017

Sotheby’s is taking legal action to recover its losses over the sale of a ‘fake’ Italian Old Master.

Orazio Gentileschi

10 highlights at the upcoming Old Master auctions in New York

12 January 2017

The main series of Old Master auctions in New York traditionally take place in January. This year Sotheby’s are holding four sales while Christie’s are staging two – a sale of drawings and an auction of prints only – having moved its main paintings sale in this category to the ‘Classic Week’ scheduled for April.


Del Sarto discovery chalks up €3.2m French record

07 January 2017

A REDISCOVERED chalk portrait by Andrea d’Angiolo, known as Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530), has set a record for any Old Master drawing sold at auction in France (left).

Gold ducat Ferdinand I of Aragon

15th century gold coin found by dog-walkers heads to auction in Cornwall

06 January 2017

A rare European gold coin found by a dog-walker on a Cornish beach is to be auctioned in Penzance later this month.