Latest News Articles by Alex Capon

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The $275,000 toast to a Golden Guinness Girl

21 September 2020

The highlight of a two-day sale of works from White Oaks, a prominent Atlanta mansion, was this portrait of Anglo-Irish society hostess Oonagh Guinness by Philip de László (1869-1937).

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Twelve pieces of Post-War and Contemporary art coming up in autumn 2020

21 September 2020

Twelve pieces of Post-War & Contemporary art from upcoming auctions taking place in the UK and overseas.

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André Masson paintings from a V&A curator bring interest at Dominic Winter

21 September 2020

The works of French painter André Masson (1896-1987) are regarded as a bridge between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.

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Strong response to mixed media works at Roseberys

21 September 2020

A notable of feature of the Post-War and Contemporary art market is the wide variety of mediums employed.

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Market for authenticated Banksy screenprints flexes its muscles at specialist London sale

21 September 2020

Interest from overseas bidders appears to be lifting the market for Banksy (b.1974) prints to a higher level.

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Iraq veteran’s Military Cross sells for £36,000

21 September 2020

A Military Cross group awarded to a soldier who carried a fallen comrade through fierce gunfire in Iraq sold at £36,000 (plus 20% buyer ’s premium) in Macclesfield on September 11.

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Works of international appeal fire London market

21 September 2020

A work on paper by Czech artist Mikulas Medek (1926- 1971) drew strong competition at Chiswick Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest British & European Fine Art sale.

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Reclusive Woodrow emerges in Yorkshire

21 September 2020

North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) has a solid track-record with the artist Joash Woodrow (1927-2006). Eight of his top 10 auction prices are held by the Leyburn saleroom (source: Artprice by Artmarket).

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‘A key figure in London’s Caribbean Artists Movement’

21 September 2020

The auction record for modern Guyanese artist Aubrey Williams (1926-1990) was broken three times at auctions in the south of England this summer.

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The normal new: Contemporary art remains at the core of auction and retail market

21 September 2020

To seasoned observers, the market for Post-War and Contemporary art might not seem as novel as it once did. Sales in this area are now a core part of the auction calendar and the field has been regarded as having the highest potential for growth for over two decades.

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Grayson Perry’s 'The best of British' taken to new high at Phillips

21 September 2020

An auction record for Grayson Perry’s (b.1960) 'Britain is Best', a limited edition coloured embroidery depicting five loyalists from East Belfast, was set at Phillips (25% buyer’s premium) in London on September 10.

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Military Cross awarded to Iraq war hero sells at Adam Partridge

18 September 2020

Military medals from recent conflicts continue to attract great interest at auction, even if it is a great shame that veterans from these wars have to sell their medals during their own lifetime.

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Speed dating: Bidders rapidly assess signs of age in hunt for undervalued material

14 September 2020

When it comes to Old Masters, sleeper spotters will trawl through auction catalogues looking to spot works of an earlier date than specified.

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Bidders give their royal approval at Bellmans' sale

14 September 2020

Provenance of the Duke of Gloucester adds extra appeal to single-owner collection

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Hooray for the hussars: Duke of Gloucester's regimental collection brings demand

14 September 2020

The collection of pictures formerly owned by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, offered at Bellmans included 42 lots relating to the 10th Royal Hussars.

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Interest from overseas bidders lifts Banksy prints market to higher level

09 September 2020

Forum Auctions’ latest dedicated sale of Banksy (b.1974) prints was a white glove affair with all 24 lots selling and 22 individual auction records set for the editions to which they belong.

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Auction house Christie’s to sell Old Masters from collection of late Italian dealer

08 September 2020

Christie’s is staging an online auction of works formerly in the collection of the late Old Master dealer Piero Corsini.

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Major general sought after by militaria fans

07 September 2020

A group of three watercolours depicting Indian scenes attributed to Major General John Brownrigg Ballasis (1806-90) attracted interest at a timed sale held this summer by 1818 Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium) in Milnthorpe, Cumbria.

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Himalayan raja rises to £4600 when reoffered

07 September 2020

An intriguing Indian miniature portrait drew strenuous competition against an estimate of just £30-50 at Clarke’s (18% buyer’s premium) in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

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Indian miniatures expand appeal as demand grows on the subcontinent

07 September 2020

Indian miniatures are a common sight at UK auctions. With a keen, dedicated and often very knowledgeable collecting base, they remain a somewhat independent but active sub-set of the art market.