Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
Market rides Brexit fears at Sotheby’s Contemporary art sale as major record set for Jenny Saville29 June 2016
Fears that the Brexit vote would seriously impact the art market were partially allayed last night as Sotheby’s Contemporary art sale delivered robust results.
Modigliani portrait of dealer’s wife is top lot at Christie’s as market looks uncertain22 June 2016
In a difficult evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art at Christie’s, Amedeo Modigliani’s (1884-1920) portrait of Madame Hanka Zborowska was one of few highpoints.
Picasso and Modigliani headline Sotheby’s slim Impressionist and Modern art auction22 June 2016
It was a pretty short sale. Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art auction last night offered just 27 lots and took less than 90 minutes to complete.
Sotheby’s launch specialist auctions in London of Modern and Contemporary African Art21 June 2016
Sotheby’s will start dedicated sales of Modern and Contemporary African Art in London next year. The decision underlines the growing importance of a sector in which Bonhams have stolen a march in recent years.
TEFAF to maintain annual art market report as Clare McAndrew joins Contemporary fair21 June 2016
TEFAF have said they still will maintain an annual art market report despite losing the services of Dr Clare McAndrew who is joining up with Art Basel.
Qianlong vase emerges at Derbyshire auction with £300,000-500,000 estimate17 June 2016
Auctioneers Hansons of Etwall, Derbyshire have announced they will be offering a fine Chinese blue and white vase with a Qianlong seal mark at their sale on July 1.
Edinburgh surgeon’s Scottish Colourist paintings give £1.23m lift to Lyon & Turnbull’s fine art auction17 June 2016
A private collection of Scottish Colourist paintings assembled by a former president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh gave a major boost to Lyon & Turnbull’s latest specialist auction of Scottish Paintings & Sculpture.
Cilla Black’s Lowry paintings sold at Sotheby’s Modern British art auction14 June 2016
Three works by LS Lowry (1887-1976) formerly owned by the late Cilla Black sold for almost £700,000 (including premium) at Sotheby’s yesterday.
A fair preview with a difference on London's Hampstead Heath13 June 2016
People out for an early morning jog or dog walk on Hampstead Heath, London had a bit of a surprise today as heads were turned by seven artworks on display to promote the forthcoming return of the Affordable Art Fair.
‘Vital changes’ needed to looted art bill as dealers says definition of ‘cultural property’ is too vague13 June 2016
The UK Government’s cultural property bill currently going through parliament needs “vital changes” to be workable and to safeguard “legitimate art market interests”, says the Antiquities Dealers’ Association (ADA).
Sale of Pelé’s collection sets £3.6m record for football auction10 June 2016
The auction of Pelé’s personal collection became most lucrative sale of football memorabilia in history with the 2000 items totalling £3.6m including premium with 100% of the lots sold.
Pelé’s 1970 World Cup winner’s medal makes £280,000 and sets new auction record09 June 2016
An auction record was set for any football medal as Pelé’s 1970 World Cup winner’s medal was knocked down at £280,000 in London this evening.
Will Pelé’s 1970 World Cup winner’s medal set auction record?09 June 2016
The auction of Pelé’s vast collection of memorabilia concludes in London today where the highlight on offer at the third and final day of the sale will be the Brazilian legend’s winner’s medal from the 1970 World Cup.
US collector splashes out £2.48m on four Shakespeare folios at Christie’s27 May 2016
A private US collector spent £2.48m at Christie’s, acquiring all four of the early William Shakespeare folios on offer in a specially-staged auction.
John Constable ‘six-footer’ headlines Christie’s British art auction26 May 2016
Christie’s have announced that a major landscape by John Constable will be among the works on offer at their Defining British Art sale in London this summer.
Greenwich museums launch campaign to secure £10m Armada Portrait which ‘could’ be sold on the open market25 May 2016
Royal Museums Greenwich are attempting to raise £10m to buy a version of The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I. The work currently belongs to descendants of Sir Francis Drake but the institution say that unless the required funds are raised, the painting “could be sold on the open market and even go overseas”.
Christie’s fined £3250 for offering ‘unworked’ elephant ivory trophy24 May 2016
Christie’s have admitted to “an honest and genuine mistake” by putting up for sale an ivory and kutch silver trophy that contravened CITES regulations.
Rare Breguet watch nets £2.4m20 May 2016
A watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) became the second most expensive piece by the Swiss maker when it sold to a private Swiss museum for triple-estimate SFr3.25m (£2.35m) including premium at Christie’s Geneva.
Leading collector of romantic landscapes donates two works to the National Gallery in London18 May 2016
Two landscapes by 19th century European artists have been donated to the National Gallery by Asbjørn Lunde, an American of Norwegian extraction who is one of the world’s top collectors in the field.
Phillips announce change in buyer’s premium17 May 2016
Auctioneers Phillips have changed their buyer’s premium with immediate effect.