Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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Artist Wyatt captures Byron's wild corsair

30 January 2023

Portrait of Lord Byron subject offered at Dreweatts auction demonstrates considerable skill of a British artist

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High society portraits generate enduring appeal

30 January 2023

Society portraits from the early part of the 20th century retain a good following at auction

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Soulages print goes to French buyer

30 January 2023

Bringing international interest to a Dorset auction, a limited edition Pierre Soulages (b.1919) print generated a strong bidding contest

Adrian Biddell, Janet Rady and Maryam Daoudi

Olympia Auctions expands its team

23 January 2023

Three former Chiswick Auctions’ picture specialists have joined west London saleroom Olympia Auctions.

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Mr Brainwash convinces the bidders

23 January 2023

Works by Mr Brainwash (b.1966) are becoming an increasingly common sight at auction.

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Leading figure Warhol stays lucrative for consignors

23 January 2023

A group of eight Andy Warhol (1928-87) prints came to auction at Van Ham (32% buyer’s premium including VAT) in Cologne at the end of last year, including a few of his most famous subjects from documented editions of the 1960-80s.

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Allen Jones: work to Sir Terence Conran’s taste

23 January 2023

Allen Jones (b.1937) is regarded as one of the pioneers of early British pop art.

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Pop art: Pioneer Sir Peter Blake's accessible print editions

23 January 2023

The term ‘pop art’ normally conjures up images of colourful and ‘hip’ artworks from the 1950s-60s.

Veronica Burleigh self portrait

Pair of Veronica Burleigh portraits soar over estimates to take highest ever prices

16 January 2023

Bringing fervent bidding at Kings Russell’s (28% buyer’s premium) first sale of the year, two portraits by Veronica Burleigh (1909-99) set the highest prices ever recorded for the Sussex painter.

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Blend of science and witchcraft still casts a spell

16 January 2023

One of the most interesting pictures sold at the latest series of Old Master sales in London was an interior scene by David Teniers the Younger (1610-90).

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The Salvator Mundi effect: a market transformation

16 January 2023

Ever since the record-breaking $400m sale of Salvator Mundi at Christie’s back in 2017, the market seems to have become fascinated with other treatments of the subject.

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Valuable consignment delivered on foot

16 January 2023

One of the most local consignments provided arguably the most notable lot at a Busby (21% buyer’s premium) sale in Bridport, Dorset, on November 17.

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Sleepers woken up via the internet

16 January 2023

Demonstrating how the internet has transformed the market for potential sleepers, three portraits that drew strong interest recently at different auctions in the UK and Europe all sold to online buyers.

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Old Masters: Still lifes take centre stage at sale of purchasing pioneer's collection

16 January 2023

Juan Manuel Grasset became part of a new generation who bought directly at auction from the 1960s

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Ceri Richards shows his personal side

02 January 2023

Despite a few surprises among the lots at Rogers Jones’ (24% buyer’s premium) third and final Welsh Sale of 2022, the solid performance of at least one of the leading pictures was probably more expected.

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Sitter appeal: Portraits from Victorian sportsman to 20th century businessman bring demand

02 January 2023

The record-setting piece of Beswick pottery at a recent sale at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) – a rare variant of a shire horse model that fetched £11,300 (ATG No 2569) – was not the only lot bringing notable demand.

William Nicholson still life

Five top artworks sold at auctions outside London this year

28 December 2022

The top lots sold at regional salerooms in 2022 included a number of works by leading Modern British artists. Here we pick out five of the best results which were covered in ATG.

Jacobean double portrait

Brotherly love: Jacobean double portrait attracts interest in Newbury auction

19 December 2022

An unusual subject and composition helped propel interest in a Jacobean double portrait of two young brothers at Dreweatts’ latest Old Master, British and European Art sale.

Constable drawing

Constable’s tree sketch triples estimate at auction

19 December 2022

A small drawing by John Constable of a tree in his birthplace of East Bergholt sold for a triple-estimate £31,000 (plus 22% buyer’s premium).

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Ithell Colquhoun clinches a huge price

19 December 2022

Female artist at centre of early British Surrealism scene now fetches sizeable sums