Latest News Articles by Alex Capon


Early Rembrandt heads London Old Master sales

11 December 2023

A couple of headline lots, a scattering of rare and unusual pictures and one of the most valuable consignments of prints ever offered lifted the latest series of Old Master auctions in London.


Lebenstein’s beastly work raises its head in Kent

11 December 2023

An eastern European picture that commanded bidding at a recent UK regional auction was a trademark painting by Polish artist Jan Lebenstein (1930-99).

Canaletto's Grand Canal

Canaletto leads Christie’s Old Master sale as Pylkkänen bows out

07 December 2023

A pair of Venetian scenes by Canaletto (1697-1768) topped Christie’s latest Old Master sale in London.

Rembrandt's Adoration of Kings

Bumper return for vendor as ‘rediscovered Rembrandt’ sells at Sotheby’s

07 December 2023

A small panel painting previously sold two years ago at Christie’s as ‘circle of Rembrandt’ made more than 12 times that level when it reappeared at Sotheby’s with a full attribution.

The Holy Family by Gerard David

Getty Museum buys three Old Masters to ‘bolster the collection’

06 December 2023

The Getty Museum has announced the acquisition of three Old Masters which were all bought this year from separate European sources.


What’s cooking in the Cotswolds: Steadman and Knuttel

04 December 2023

It is often said that the mark of a good illustrator is that their work is instantly recognisable.


Rare chance to bid for a Velázquez portrait

04 December 2023

A large full-length portrait of Isabel de Borbón, Queen of Spain, by the great Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) will be offered at Sotheby’s New York in February.


Even a Bevan study gallops to £18,000 these days

04 December 2023

Some notable auction action has been generated by the artist Robert Polhill Bevan (1865-1925) over the last few months.


Modern British works – why it's worth making a fresh start

04 December 2023

Cast-iron provenances and first appearances on the market combine to boost value in a Cornish saleroom

Diego Velázquez portrait

Major Old Master emerges as Velázquez portrait of Spanish queen comes to Sotheby’s

30 November 2023

A large full-length portrait of Isabel de Borbón, Queen of Spain, by the great Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) will be offered at Sotheby’s New York in February.

George Clausen picture

Clausen’s nymph found in a family collection

27 November 2023

While pictures of young female sitters are not unusual in the oeuvre of George Clausen (1852-1944), ones with mythological or allegorical subjects are distinctly rarer.


Picabia: top pick in a regional sale

27 November 2023

A group of Modern and Impressionist pictures provided a significant boost to the latest Art & Design post 1880 sale held at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium).


Harry Becker in harmony with nature

27 November 2023

An auction record for Harry Becker (1865-1928) was set this autumn.


Vivien Gribble worth more than a dabble

27 November 2023

Little-known artist tutored by Cedric Morris comes under the spotlight thanks to her portrait of him


‘Profumo Affair’ sketch brings £8500

20 November 2023

Stephen Ward (1912-63) will no doubt always be remembered as the man who introduced the model Christine Keeler to the politician John Profumo.


The ‘studio’ works that place forgotten artists in a new light

20 November 2023

Works that come to auction directly from artists’ estates often have extra appeal due to a combination of factors.


Four-legged friends help Fulton to a four-year high

20 November 2023

The artist Samuel Fulton (1855-1941) painted portraits of people and horses but by far his favourite subject was dogs.


Pownall enjoys atmosphere of nights out in London

20 November 2023

Atmospheric views of London were the stock-in-trade of George Hyde Pownall (1866-1932).

Picasso's Femme a la montre

Picasso powers ahead to crown New York evening sales

13 November 2023

A good crop of top-end Impressionist and Modern pictures lifted the latest flagship series of auctions in New York.


Art Market: Churchyard on cloud £9000

13 November 2023

Small sky study sets a new high for works by the artist who was a great observer of nature