Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

Sotheby’s auction selling Jenny Saville Shift

Market rides Brexit fears at Sotheby’s Contemporary art sale as major record set for Jenny Saville

29 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.

Amedeo Modigliani portrait

Modigliani portrait of dealer’s wife is top lot at Christie’s as market looks uncertain

22 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.

Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso

Picasso and Modigliani headline Sotheby’s slim Impressionist and Modern art auction

22 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.

Hannah O’Leary of Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s launch specialist auctions in London of Modern and Contemporary African Art

21 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.

Dr Clare McAndrew

TEFAF to maintain annual art market report as Clare McAndrew joins Contemporary fair

21 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.

Chinese blue and white vase with a Qianlong seal

Qianlong vase emerges at Derbyshire auction with £300,000-500,000 estimate

17 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.

A still life of roses by FCB Cadell

Edinburgh surgeon’s Scottish Colourist paintings give £1.23m lift to Lyon & Turnbull’s fine art auction

17 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.

LS Lowry works from Cilla Black's collection

Cilla Black’s Lowry paintings sold at Sotheby’s Modern British art auction

14 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.

Affordable Art Fair Running Gallery

A fair preview with a difference on London's Hampstead Heath

13 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 vague

13 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).

Pelé's Jules Rimet Trophy

Sale of Pelé’s collection sets £3.6m record for football auction

10 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  medal

Pelé’s 1970 World Cup winner’s medal makes £280,000 and sets new auction record

09 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.

Pelé’s 1970 World Cup  medal

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.

First four Shakespeare Folios at Christie's

US collector splashes out £2.48m on four Shakespeare folios at Christie’s

27 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.

View on the River Stour by John Constable

John Constable ‘six-footer’ headlines Christie’s British art auction

26 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.

Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

Greenwich museums launch campaign to secure £10m Armada Portrait which ‘could’ be sold on the open market

25 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”.

Ivory and silver trophy

Christie’s fined £3250 for offering ‘unworked’ elephant ivory trophy

24 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.

Abraham-Louis Breguet watch

Rare Breguet watch nets £2.4m

20 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.

At Handeck by Alexandre Calame

Leading collector of romantic landscapes donates two works to the National Gallery in London

18 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 at Berkeley Square in London

Phillips announce change in buyer’s premium

17 May 2016

Auctioneers Phillips have changed their buyer’s premium with immediate effect.