Latest News Articles by Alex Capon
Hindman sets auction record for copy of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’08 November 2019
A record for a copy of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species came at Hindman’s sale of the library of a Midwestern collector in Chicago earlier this week.
Sculpture of Emperor Hadrian reigns supreme in Christie's Classic Week04 November 2019
Christie’s latest ‘Classic week’ in New York raised a premium-inclusive $59.9m (£46.8m) from nine separate sales.
Irish auction house Whyte’s teams up with Christie’s to disperse the Ernie O’Malley collection04 November 2019
Dublin auction house Whyte’s will be offering works from the collection of leading Irish revolutionary Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) on November 25. The sale is held in association with Christie’s and will take place at the Royal Dublin Society.
Top stories this week – including news of a 13th century panel found hanging in a kitchen selling for over £20m02 November 2019
The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a rediscovered panel by Cimabue (c.1240-1302) drawing dramatic competition at a French auction house.
New CEO for Sotheby’s following Patrick Drahi acquisition28 October 2019
Sotheby’s has appointed Charles F Stewart as chief executive officer. Joining from communications and media company Altice USA, he takes over from Tad Smith who has served as CEO since 2015.
Cimabue panel found hanging in kitchen sells for over £20m at auction in France – watch video of auction28 October 2019
A panel ascribed to the Italian artist Cimabue (c.1240-1302) drew dramatic competition this weekend at French auction house Actéon, becoming the eighth most expensive Old Master ever sold.
Record total for Orientalist auction as Najd collection raises £33.5m at Sotheby’s25 October 2019
Sotheby’s claimed the highest ever total for an Orientalist art auction when a single-owner sale raised £33.5m including premium in London earlier this week.
Artcurial to start holding auctions in Morocco24 October 2019
Paris auction house Artcurial is opening an office in Morocco. Launching a permanent subsidiary in Marrakesh, the firm will now start holding regular sales at the famous La Mamounia hotel in the city from December this year.
Top stories this week – including news of an 17th century map dumped outside Oxfam selling at five-times estimate20 October 2019
The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a John Speed world map left in a wet, broken frame at a London charity shop drawing strong bidding at auction.
Rare Dante Gabriel Rossetti drawings of a father and son emerge at Oxford auction18 October 2019
Two crayon portraits of a father and son by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82) have emerged for sale at Mallams of Oxford. They date from the last decade of the artist’s life and depict his doctor Thomas Gordon Hake and the latter’s son George Gordon Hake.
Christopher Dresser vase, Staffordshire pottery animals and a carved oak panel – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week11 October 2019
ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Christopher Dresser vase that made over 40-times estimate and a group of Staffordshire pottery animals that fetched over 20-times estimate.
Rare Andrea Mantegna drawing estimated to make over $12m at Sotheby’s auction11 October 2019
One of only around 20 known drawings by Andrea Mantegna (c.1431-1506) will be the highlight of Sotheby’s Old Master drawings auction in New York next year.
De Stael trademark composition takes £250,000 in sale07 October 2019
Original paintings by Abstract artist Nicolas de Stael (1914-55) rarely appear at auction outside the main salerooms in London, Paris and New York.
A sleeper spotted beneath the Neapolitan dirt30 September 2019
Despite surface dirt and other condition issues, a painting of Naples drew a dramatic bidding competition at a recent auction in Rome.
The kitchen Cimabue to be auctioned in France30 September 2019
A work spotted by a French auctioneer in a kitchen hanging above a hotplate has been ascribed to the Italian artist Cimabue (c.1240- 1302). Valued at €4m-6m, it will be the first work attributed to the Florentine early Renaissance master to be offered at auction.
Top stories this week – including news of a furniture dealer’s warehouse stock sale28 September 2019
The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of furniture dealer Christopher Howe offering items from his stock with discounts of up to 80%.
Orientalist scene sets new auction high for Turkish painter at Bonhams27 September 2019
A record price for Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) was set at Bonhams when a painting ‘Young Woman Reading’ surpassed a £600,000-800,000 estimate and was knocked down at £5.7m.
British fund manager consigns Roman statue of Emperor Hadrian to Christie’s25 September 2019
A Roman sculpture of the Emperor Hadrian billed as “one of the finest ancient statues from the Grand Tour era of collecting” has been consigned to Christie’s by British investment manager Christian Levett.
Cimabue panel found hanging in kitchen to be auctioned in France estimated at €4m-6m24 September 2019
A work spotted by a French auctioneer in a kitchen hanging above a hotplate has been ascribed to the Italian artist Cimabue (c.1240-1302). Valued at €4m-6m, it will be the first work attributed to the Florentine early Renaissance master to be offered at auction.
Top stories this week – including news of a Chinese sleeper bid to £1.3m21 September 2019
The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of Chinese porcelain vase carrying a Yongzheng mark bid to £1.3m at an auction in Hampshire.