Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

Edward Bawden watercolour

Rediscovered Edward Bawden watercolour finds path to London auction

19 June 2024

A watercolour by Edward Bawden (1903-1989) which was considered lost since the 1940s emerged at the latest fine art sale held at Olympia Auctions.

Gregynog Hall

Rogers Jones expands to mid-Wales with sales at Gregynog Hall

18 June 2024

Welsh auction house Rogers Jones is launching sales at Gregynog Hall in Powys. It will also open a new regional office for mid-Wales and the border regions at the venue.

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Indian works head to the sub-continent

17 June 2024

Two pictures by British artists with strong Indian connections sold for record sums at Dreweatts after drawing interest from the sub-continent.

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Chardin’s sliced melon is a cut above to set Old Master record

17 June 2024

Christie’s set a record for any Old Master sold in France when a still-life by Jean Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) made €23m (£19.4m) at an auction in Paris on June 12, selling to a European collector.

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Migrant artists on the move at Sotheby’s

17 June 2024

The summer exhibition running at Sotheby’s this year focuses on works by artists who were born overseas but passed through or settled in the UK permanently.

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Paper chasers: British Museum shows off recent print purchases

17 June 2024

The British Museum never stands still when it comes to acquiring works on paper, as a new exhibition showcasing purchases over the past 20 years demonstrates

Thomas and William Daniell watercolour

Indian bidding lifts Dreweatts picture sale as two works make over £200,000

14 June 2024

Two pictures by British artists with strong Indian connections sold for record sums at Dreweatts after drawing interest from sub-Continent.

Jean Simeon Chardin still life

Chardin still life raises bar for an Old Master in France

13 June 2024

Christie’s set a record for any Old Master sold in France when a still-life by Jean Simeon Chardin (1699-1779) made €23m (£19.4m) at an auction in Paris on June 12, selling to a European collector.

‘Clarissa’ the record breaking carp

Famous 44lb carp dubbed ‘Clarissa’ emerges for sale

13 June 2024

For collectors of cased fish, it doesn’t come much better than this.

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Artist Kathleen Scale's work weighed up by a fresh audience

10 June 2024

The opening section of Duke’s latest Art & Design post 1880 sale was devoted to the ‘forgotten’ artist Kathleen Muriel Scale (1913-2006).

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Bidders go wild for Tunnicliffe birds shown on the move

10 June 2024

A picture of oystercatchers flew way past the estimate at a recent Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

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Whether country or town views, Newlyn artists are setting the scene

10 June 2024

More paintings on offer in Dorest saleroom from the Cornish ‘school’ show the market strength

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Jobs to be cut across the big London auction firms

10 June 2024

Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams are all undertaking rounds of redundancies.

Peter Rose Pulham surrealist painting

Newcastle saleroom sets auction record for surrealist Pulham

06 June 2024

Pictures by the early English surrealist Peter Rose Pulham (1910-1956) are relatively rare at auction but the interest garnered by a few works that emerged recently suggested they are on the rise commercially.

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Museum makes $500,000 from auction guarantees

03 June 2024

A museum in the US has revealed that it made $500,000 by acting as a third-party guarantor at high-profile sales.

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Vendor left ‘speechless’ after ‘Ben Nicholson’ mural withdrawn from Lay’s auction

03 June 2024

A row over the attribution of a ‘Ben Nicholson’ mural painting that appeared on the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' led to the work being withdrawn at the last minute from an auction in Penzance.

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Interview: how a museum raises funds from auction guarantees

03 June 2024

The existence of third-party guarantees has been a notable feature in the auction market for more than two decades now. Indeed, it is now the most common form of guarantee issued by salerooms, in particular on high-value artworks.

MacLeod’s Maidens, Skye

Striking Victorian seascape fetches over 20 times estimate

31 May 2024

When the industrialist Fred Cooper and his family moved into The Grange in Perton in 1969, the South Staffordshire country house came already furnished with a notable collection.

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British Museum reveals further stolen items recovered

27 May 2024

The British Museum has recovered a further tranche of stolen and missing objects from its collection but over 800 items are still missing.

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Marquess shows it’s not just female Massot appeal

27 May 2024

When it comes to the portraits of the Swiss artist Firmin Massot (1766- 1849), it tends to be depictions of young female sitters shown either full length of ‘jusqu’aux genoux’ (as far as the knees) – a format he often favoured – that attract the most attention commercially.