Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
Overseas bidders take advantage of weaker pound to lift Frieze-week auctions11 October 2016
Fewer lots were on offer at this year’s Frieze-week auctions in London but demand generally held up with international bidders taking advantage of favourable exchange rates.
Market forced on defensive over Old Master ‘fakes’10 October 2016
Lawyers representing the Frenchman Giulano Ruffini have defended his role in handling paintings at the centre of a ‘fakes scandal’ besetting the Old Masters market.
Console tables lead O’Reilly lots, selling at €145,00008 October 2016
A pair of 18th century console tables led a selection of items previously owned by the former billionaire Sir Anthony O'Reilly offered at Irish auctioneers Mealy’s earlier this week.
Phillips promote head of design Alexander Payne to deputy chairman06 October 2016
Phillips have appointed design specialist Alexander Payne as deputy chairman.
Christie’s sale of Leslie Waddington's collection brings lively start to London’s Frieze week05 October 2016
The sale of Leslie Waddington's art collection drew a lively crowd to Christie’s last night as friends and family of the late art dealer watched bidders competing for virtually every single lot on offer.
Old Master market faces the “biggest art scandal in a century”04 October 2016
A series of Old Master paintings has come under the spotlight as further details emerge about a potentially major fakes scandal.
Brian Sewell’s art collection brings solid response at Christie’s auction03 October 2016
A series of pictures from the collection of Brian Sewell drew spirited bidding at Christie’s with particular interest coming for his Old Master drawings.
Irish art dealer’s collection chalks up over €600,000 at Dublin auction29 September 2016
Works from the estate of the late Irish art dealer George McClelland helped Dublin saleroom Whyte’s post their best result for an art auction since April 2008.
Bonhams increase buyer’s premium thresholds09 September 2016
Bonhams have followed Christie’s in increasing their buyer’s fees by adjusting their premium thresholds.
Buyers’ fees rise at Christie’s as auction house increases premium thresholds07 September 2016
Christie’s have adjusted their buyer’s premium thresholds, bringing them closer into line but not identical to the rates at rivals Sotheby’s.
Ex-Phillips specialist joins Sotheby’s Contemporary art department in London06 September 2016
Martin Klosterfelde, a former Berlin-based contemporary art specialist and director at Phillips, has joined Sotheby’s.
Paddle8 and Auctionata appoint new CEO05 September 2016
Online auction firms Paddle8 and Auctionata have appointed a former Sony boss as their new chief executive officer.
‘Outsourcing’ of hallmarks: the trade view02 September 2016
Opposition to the ‘outsourcing’ of UK hallmarks overseas is gathering momentum in the trade. Campaigners say the use of British hallmarks in India threatens a 700-year-old system for stamping precious metals.
Silver vase takes a spectacular £23,000 at auction of dealer’s collection in Bath31 August 2016
The auction of a well-known antiques dealers’ collection generated strong interest in Bath yesterday. The mixed consignment of 356 lots drew competitive bidding throughout but the eyecatching result came for an Indian work of art that went dramatically over estimate.
Benjamin Franklin’s ceremonial sword comes to auction at Christie’s New York31 August 2016
A sword owned by Benjamin Franklin will be offered at an upcoming Christie’s sale in New York, estimated at $200,000-300,000.
Backlash from silver and jewellery trade over ‘offshore’ hallmarking24 August 2016
A group of British silversmiths, jewellery retailers and manufacturers has launched a campaign against the ‘outsourcing’ of UK hallmarks overseas.
New attributions for Brian Sewell’s Old Master drawings at Christie’s24 August 2016
A series of Old Master drawings from the collection of Brian Sewell have had their attributions upgraded in advance of the auction of the late art critic’s collection in London next month. They include two long-unattributed works that have now been ascribed to named 16th century Italian artists.
Cubism at Chicago auction: Fernand Léger works predicted to fetch $2m22 August 2016
Two Cubist works by Fernand Léger (1881-1955) lead a potentially lucrative line-up of pictures at Chicago saleroom Leslie Hindman’s auction next month.
Police appeal for information following silver theft from Gloucestershire church19 August 2016
Police are appealing for help following the theft of £10,000 worth of silver from a church in Blockley, near Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire.
Judge rules in museum’s favour over long-running Nazi-looted art claim18 August 2016
The heir of the Dutch art dealer Jacques Goudstikker is planning to appeal against a court ruling over the ownership of a pair of works by Lucas Cranach the Elder.