Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

Sotheby’s weaker results show effects of painting ‘anomaly’

17 August 2015

Sotheby’s share price dropped by over 8% earlier this month after the company posted some weaker-than-expected second quarter results.

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Provincial museums purchase prize paintings

07 August 2015

A large marine painting by Charles Napier Hemy (1841-1917) showing oyster fishing off the Exmoor coast has been bought by The Museum of Somerset.

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Lord Ashcroft buys secret agent Violette Szabό’s George Cross medal group at £260,000

23 July 2015

The George Cross medal group awarded to Second World War heroine Violette Szabό has sold for £260,000 at London auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb.

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Leighton’s study for Flaming June takes £135,000 at Sotheby’s

17 July 2015

A study for one of Frederic, Lord Leighton’s (1830-1896) greatest paintings sold to an American private collector for £135,000 at Sotheby’s sale of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist Art.

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Godward’s dancer heads to online auction house

16 July 2015

The online auction house Fine Art Bourse (FAB) has announced a major consignment for its first sale in September. An Ionian Dancer by John William Godward (1861-1922) will be offered with $300,000-400,000 estimate.

Stanley Gibbons buy online wine auctioneer

16 July 2015

The Stanley Gibbons Group has bought online wine trading platform Bid for Wine.

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Coastal landscape by Richard Parkes Bonington tops Christie’s Old Master auction

09 July 2015

A rare painting by Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-1828) that had hung in the Prime Minister’s residence at 10, Downing Street for nine years led Christie’s evening sale of Old Master & British paintings in London.

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Cranach the Elder leads Sotheby’s Old Master sale at £8.2m

08 July 2015

Sotheby’s evening sale of Old Master and British paintings was led by Lucas Cranach the Elder’s La Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth) which made a major auction record when it was knocked down at £8.2m.

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Contemporary art week: some bumps on the record road

06 July 2015

The latest series of Contemporary art auctions in London posted a bumper total despite the failure of some big-ticket lots.

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Rare Franz Sedlacek oil blooms at £85,000

02 July 2015

An oil on panel by Franz Sedlacek (1891-1945), an Austrian artist prominent in the Vienna Secession group of painters, drew international bidding at Toovey’s of Washington, West Sussex.

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Restituted works headline Impressionist and Modern art auction series

29 June 2015

A group of restituted paintings were among the highlights of a robust series of Impressionist and Modern art auctions in London.

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Klimt portrait tops Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art sale at £22m

24 June 2015

A couple of recently restituted works of art drew prolonged bidding at Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art in London including Gustav Klimt's (1862-1918) portrait of Gertrud Loew which was the top lot of the night at £22m.

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Constable family portrait rediscovered

24 June 2015

In the 1984 book ‘The Late Paintings and Drawings of John Constable’ by Graham Reynolds, a pencil drawing of the back and shoulders of the artist’s wife Mrs Maria Constable (nee Bicknell) is described as ‘whereabouts unknown’.

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Gainsborough sketch surfaces in Ruislip

15 June 2015

Auctioneers Bainbridges of Ruislip are selling a chalk and gouache drawing attributed to Thomas Gainsborough.

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Thin sales indicate slump in Russian market

08 June 2015

The slump in the Russian art market was laid bare last week. The total for the latest auction series in London was a third of the equivalent sales in 2014.

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Ashmolean launches campaign to secure Turner’s view of Oxford

05 June 2015

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has launched a public campaign to raise the funds needed to secure JMW Turner's The High Street, Oxford.

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Newly discovered Thomas Girtin watercolour of London knocked down at £125,000

02 June 2015

Found in the attic of a large Welsh house, this watercolour by Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) of St Paul’s Cathedral drew dramatic competition at Chorley’s sale in Gloucestershire.

It’s not over yet: the continuing saga of the ‘six sixes’ cricket ball

01 June 2015

A new twist has emerged in the long-running story of the ‘six sixes’ cricket ball.

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New record for Danish art at auction

22 May 2015

This interior scene by Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) set an artist’s record when it was knocked down at £1.7m at Sotheby’s in London.

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Elephant hopes rest on Rego

21 May 2015

This print ‘Unhappy Courtship’ by Dame Paula Rego (b.1935) is estimated at £2000-3000 at a charity sale being conducted by Roseberys.