Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Landscape restoration project draws attention in North Yorkshire

18 September 2023

One of the better performing ‘manner of’ pictures of late was a landscape very much in the style of the great French Baroque painter Claude Lorrain (1600-82).

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Willem van de Velde the Younger's ships sail from south London

18 September 2023

A small sketch of two ships in a gale by the leading Dutch marine painter Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633-1707) was among the lots bringing interest at Roseberys’ (25% buyer’s premium) summer sale of Old Master, British & European pictures.

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Honoré Daumier takes on the law

18 September 2023

Among the lots on offer at Sworders’ upcoming Old Master, British and European Art sale is a small sketch of two lawyers by Honoré Daumier (1808-79).

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Charles III Coronation chairs consigned to Christie’s

15 September 2023

The first chairs from this year’s Coronation to be sold are coming to auction… already.

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Killer bids as Sotheby’s shows how the celebrity sale is done

11 September 2023

Sensational was the only word for it.

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Sir Joshua’s Guercino sketch surfaces Down Under

11 September 2023

The artist and Royal Academy founder Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92) was also a major collector, especially in the field of Old Master works on paper.

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ART MARKET: De László - now we’re talking

11 September 2023

Trio of works by the Hungarian artist underlines the appeal of portraits as conversation pieces

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Frank Owen Salisbury in tune with a cellist

11 September 2023

When it comes to portraits produced by Frank Owen Salisbury (1874-1962), values are frequently determined by the fame of the sitter.

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Ching kingfishers catch bids

09 September 2023

Since the 1960s, birds have been the main subject matter of New Zealand artist Raymond Ching (b.1939).

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Freddie Mercury collection: Major sums for lyrics and piano at Sotheby’s auction

07 September 2023

The handwritten lyrics for Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and the piano which Freddie Mercury used to compose it were among the major highlights at Sotheby's auction of the singer’s collection in London.

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British Museum ‘is being unfair to the trade’ by not releasing list of missing items

04 September 2023

Demands are growing in the antiquities trade for the British Museum to publish a list of objects stolen in an alleged theft from its collection by a member of staff.

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Roma Numismatics director Richard Beale admits coin charges

04 September 2023

Richard Beale, director of the London auction house Roma Numismatics, has pleaded guilty to a series of charges in connection with unlawful sales of ancient coins.

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Munnings stands and delivers

04 September 2023

With the traditional hiatus in the UK auction market typically stretching across the month of August, a number of notable picture highlights appeared slightly earlier this summer at sales around the country.

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Trade concerns grow after British Museum items ‘offered on eBay’

28 August 2023

Concerns have been raised in the antiquities trade that items allegedly stolen from the British Museum by a staff member and offered on eBay may start emerging on the wider market.

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Bidders just dig the Mary Potter style

28 August 2023

Coastal scene formerly owned by collector in the diamond mining industry attracts considerable interest

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If at first you don’t succeed, try a new estimate

28 August 2023

What’s best to do with unsold lots… offer them again at half the price guide perhaps?

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Eurich’s mystery girl makes notable price

28 August 2023

The artist Richard Ernst Eurich (1903-92) is rather hard to categorise.

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A Duncan Grant market tester

28 August 2023

Testing the market for still-lifes by Bloomsbury school favourite Duncan Grant (1885-1978), a painting by the artist emerged fresh from a notable source in Somerset.

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Paintings from Sir Oswald Birley’s manor house to go under the hammer at Cheffins

24 August 2023

A group of 23 works by Sir Oswald Birley and his wife Lady Rhoda Birley which were previously part of their personal collection at their Sussex home will be offered for sale at Cheffins in Cambridge on September 20.

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Mystery woman sets auction record for artist Harrington Mann

21 August 2023

A large and striking 1920s portrait of a young woman drew strong competition at Dreweatts’ (26% buyer’s premium) sale of Anouska Hempel’s collection.