Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Top stories this week – including news of Sotheby’s and a dealer settling out of court over a ‘fake’ Old Master

06 April 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of Sotheby’s and Mark Weiss settling out of court over a ‘fake’ Franz Hals painting.

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Tunnard tops £444,000 Hertfordshire council collection auction at Cheffins

25 March 2019

A surrealist work by John Tunnard (1900-71) led a sale of 20th century British pictures from Hertfordshire County Council’s collection at Cheffins on March 21.

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MEPs raise concerns over ‘freeports' for storing art

25 March 2019

Members of the European Parliament on a special committee for financial crime and tax evasion have warned of the art market potentially being used as “a suitable vehicle for illegal activity”, according to a report.

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Top stories this week – including news of sales at TEFAF Maastricht 2019

24 March 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included a report of early sales made at the flagship art and antiques fair TEFAF Maastricht 2019.

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Nazi-looted painting seized by Adolf Hitler’s photographer finally handed back to heirs of original Jewish owners by German cathedral

21 March 2019

A cathedral in Germany has returned a painting that was seized by the Nazis in 1941 to the heirs of its original Jewish owners. The work had entered the collection of Adolf Hitler’s photographer Heinrich Hoffmann and was found among the numerous works he kept in a castle in Bavaria at the end of the Second World War.

John Tunnard's 'Brandis 1944'

Sale of art owned by Hertfordshire County Council to go ahead despite protest

20 March 2019

Hertfordshire County Council is going ahead with the auction of artworks from its collection this week despite the launch of a petition to ‘save’ it from being dispersed.

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The early bird sales at TEFAF Maastricht

18 March 2019

Eager buyers made a beeline for Delft fruits, a Renoir and Paul Storr silver candlesticks in the first few hours of TEFAF Maastricht this year.

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Exhibitors report early sales as TEFAF Maastricht 2019 opens its doors with new vetting policy

15 March 2019

TEFAF Maastricht 2019 has opened for its preview event and news of sales is already coming through.

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Top stories this week – including news of where the Antiques Roadshow will be filmed during summer 2019

15 March 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of the locations and dates for the recording of the next series of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow during summer 2019.

‘The Incomplete Truth’ by Damien Hirst

George Michael auction at Christie’s led by Damien Hirst’s dove in formaldehyde

14 March 2019

Christie’s auction of the George Michael collection in London tonight was led by 'The Incomplete Truth' by Damien Hirst (b.1965), a work from 2006 featuring a dove in a tank of formaldehyde.

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David Bowie demo tape for Starman sells for £41,000 at Merseyside auction

13 March 2019

A tape thought to contain “possibly the first ever demo version” of David Bowie’s 1972 hit ‘Starman’ drew strong competition at Omega Auctions’ latest sale.

‘Meditation, Zanzibar’ by Irma Stern

Irma Stern portrait leads South African politician’s collection of works being offered at Cape Town auction

13 March 2019

Two private collections of South African art have yielded works by some of the leading names in the market to Strauss’ sale in Cape Town on March 18.

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London's Contemporary art sales fall year-on-year despite sales of Hockney and Freud portraits

11 March 2019

A lack of sufficient stellar consignments at the latest Contemporary art sales in London meant the overall total was down on last year.

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Anne Redpath still life among leading lots at auction of works from Hertfordshire County Council

11 March 2019

An impressive collection of 20th century British pictures will be offered at Cheffins in Cambridge on March 21 after Hertfordshire County Council took the decision to offload them.

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Pat Douthwaite and Mary Fedden come to the fore in Edinburgh sale

11 March 2019

Lyon & Turnbull is holding an auction of Modern & Contemporary art, sculpture and design at The Mall Galleries in London on March 27 under the title Modern Made.

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John Armstrong wartime painting to be offered at Dreweatts' spring sale

11 March 2019

Dreweatts’ Modern and Contemporary art sale in Newbury on April 3 will offer a range of Modern British pictures, including a selection of St Ives School group works. However, one of the main highlights in this category is a wartime painting by John Armstrong (1893-1973) which carries an estimate of £20,000-30,000.

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Top stories this week – including news of the ‘ultimate attic find’ coming to auction and Bonhams raising its buyer’s premium

08 March 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a painting found in a French attic believed to be by Caravaggio and now due to be auctioned with a valuation of over £100m, as well as Bonhams raising its buyer’s premium to a level beyond Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips.

‘Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott’ by David Hockney

David Hockney double portrait at Christie’s tops London’s Contemporary art auction series

07 March 2019

A large David Hockney (b.1937) double portrait led Christie’s latest evening sale of post-war and contemporary art in London.

‘Juncture’ by Jenny Saville

Huge Jenny Saville painting at Sotheby’s auction makes 1000% increase over 10 years

06 March 2019

It was a case of little and large at Sotheby’s last night as an enormous work by Jenny Saville (b.1970) and a small portrait by Lucian Freud both sold at the firm’s latest Contemporary art evening sale in London.

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Journeys of discovery: Highlights from the stands of 11 dealers at TEFAF 2019

04 March 2019

An intriguing find by a dealer new to TEFAF Maastricht leads a look at some of the highlights on offer at the huge event.