Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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An Old Master jigsaw puzzler

19 April 2019

Researching Old Master paintings is sometimes likened to putting together the pieces of a jigsaw. But for one upcoming work, it seems this was quite literally the case.

Top stories this week – including news of the ‘biggest house contents auction’ in the regions for a decade

19 April 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of the announcement of what promises to be the biggest house contents sale of the year and the largest by a UK regional auction house for more than a decade.

The ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’

Catalogue released as ‘Toulouse Caravaggio’ goes on show at Paris contemporary art gallery

17 April 2019

The catalogue for the painting billed as the ‘Toulouse Caravaggio (1571-1610)’ has been published ahead of its auction in June.

The fire at Notre-Dame in Paris

Christie’s owner Pinault family pledges €100m for Notre-Dame in Paris after fire

16 April 2019

The Pinault family, owner of auction house Christie’s, has pledged €100m for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris after the fire yesterday.

Book of Hours

Valuable books missing since Second World War restored to Bonn library after being consigned to Sotheby’s

12 April 2019

Six-hundred rare books, manuscripts and prints which were lost or stolen from a German library during the Second World War have been returned after they were consigned to Sotheby’s.

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Florence Nightingale pamphlet and a portrait of an 18th century African girl in Edinburgh – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

12 April 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a nursing pamphlet sent and inscribed by Florence Nightingale and an 18th century watercolour of an African girl in Edinburgh.

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba consigns World Cup final boots to charity auction

11 April 2019

Manchester United star Paul Pogba is selling the boots he wore at the 2018 World Cup final at a charity auction in Paris.

‘St. Isaac’s on a Frosty Day’ by Ivan Aivazovsky

How Russian art became “a growing beast of a category”

09 April 2019

Ten landmark sales at Christie's that highlight the dramatic rise of the Russian art market since the fall of communism.

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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.

Luxembourg Freeport

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.

Jan van der Heyden picture

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.

David Bowie Starman demo tape

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.