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Those honoured include former Phillips owner Christopher Weston, fellow auctioneers Nick Bonham, Marilyn Swain, Bob Gowland and Tim Woolley, Southampton Institute faculty chiefs Professor Edward Chaney and Dr Scott Anderson, and the co-authors of the profession’s legal bible, Auctions Law and Practice, Professor Brian Harvey and Frank Meissel.

Mr Ewbank, who also praised the Southampton Institute for its fine art valuation courses and educational archive, called for encouragement and support for the institute as well as for the fine art faculty of the RICS.