Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Top stories this week – including news of a dealer defending a High Court claim over the sale of two Old Masters

22 February 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of London gallery Richard Green defending a claim made in the High Court relating to the disclosure of ‘provenance information’.

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Hungarian government helps Budapest museum purchase £5m Anthony van Dyck portrait of English princess at Christie’s auction

21 February 2019

The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest has announced that it bought the Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of Charles I, that sold for £5m at Christie’s in December.

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

Salvator Mundi: Louvre museum asks owner to loan world’s most expensive painting for Paris exhibition

20 February 2019

The Louvre museum in Paris has requested the loan of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ for its major exhibition dedicated to the artist opening in October.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi revealed as buyer of £8.2m Rembrandt portrait at Sotheby’s

18 February 2019

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has been revealed as the buyer of the small Rembrandt oil painting that led Sotheby’s Old Master evening sale in London at the end of last year after it went on view at the museum in the United Arab Emirates.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Versace tiara sketch, a Tompion clock and a Maori carving

18 February 2019

With estimates from £800-50,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Christie’s voluntarily returns group of eight looted antiquities to Italy

15 February 2019

A group of eight antiquities that was consigned to Christie’s has been returned to Italy after the works were identified as not having the necessary export and provenance details to be sold.

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Top stories this week – including news of changes to eBay’s new postal tracking policy

15 February 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a change to eBay’s postal tracking policy and a dealer offering a £10m Victorian painting.

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Richard Green gallery to defend High Court claim over €5m paintings sale

14 February 2019

London gallery Richard Green has said it will defend a claim made in the High Court by a client who purchased two Old Masters for €5m at TEFAF Maastricht last year.

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Rare manuscripts stolen from London auction house recovered in Italy

11 February 2019

A group of illuminated manuscripts valued at £100,000 that were stolen from a London auction house in 2016 have been recovered in Italy.

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French trade bodies call on President Macron to stop UK art market gaining an advantage from Brexit

08 February 2019

Members of the trade federation Conseil National du Marché de l’Art (CNMA) have published an open letter to President Emmanuel Macron and the French government calling for changes to stop France’s art market losing out to the UK after Brexit.

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Ebay’s new tracking policy could lead to higher postage fees

08 February 2019

EBay has announced a change to its postal tracking policy as a caution against buyers who fraudulently claim they never received items that were sent.

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Top stories this week – including news of a Chinese vase bringing spectacular bidding and Christie’s increasing its buyer’s fees

08 February 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a Chinese blue and white vase with Ming style decoration making over 10 times estimate, as well as Christie’s decision to raise its buyer’s premium.

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Drawing conclusions from NY Old Master sales as women artists emerge triumphant

04 February 2019

A record for a female Old Master and a Rubens with a royal connection was not quite enough to heat up bidding across the latest Old Master auction series in New York this winter.

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Top stories this week – including news of a fair organiser’s innovative way of discouraging early leavers

03 February 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of Adams Fairs’ interesting approach to discourage exhibitors from leaving early.

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Christie’s raises buyer’s premium to target 'middle market' and top-end

31 January 2019

Christie’s has raised its buyer’s premium, increasing the level at which its 25% threshold applies and adding an extra percentage point to its charges above £3m. The new schedule takes effect from February 1.

Portrait of Muhammad Dervish Khan by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun

Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun portrait triples the auction record for any female Old Master

31 January 2019

A life-sized portrait by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) set a record for any female Old Master when it was knocked down at $6.1m (£4.67m) at Sotheby’s New York last night.

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Dutch royal family Rubens drawing sets $7m auction record

30 January 2019

A sketch by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) that formerly belonged to the Dutch King William II and his wife Anna Pavlovna has set an auction record for a drawing by the artist at Sotheby’s New York.

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Top stories this week – including news of a James Bond Moonraker laser gun selling at auction

25 January 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a James Bond Moonraker laser gun selling at an auction in the Midlands and a sardonyx cameo ring fetching 195-times top estimate in Yorkshire.

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Oxford’s Bodleian Library buys 500-year-old book-box from Paris dealer

24 January 2019

The University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries has acquired a rare 15th-century French Gothic coffer – one of the largest-surviving examples of a late medieval box used for transporting precious books.

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Top stories this week – including news of a Roger Moore letter and a fish restaurant’s ‘rediscovered’ Meiji vase

18 January 2019

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of an eyebrow-raising letter by James Bond actor Roger Moore and the sale of a Meiji vase ‘rediscovered’ at a fish restaurant.