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Le Fur has reportedly felt under-used in a firm best known for sales with a 20th century theme. Responsibility for 18th century sales will be taken on by François Tajan, who joined the firm as co-chairman with Francis Briest in 2005.

Le Fur is considered one of the most accomplished auctioneers in Paris, and was hired by Enchères Rive Gauche to direct the landmark sale of the Vérité tribal art collection last June. His next destination has yet to be announced. François Curiel, head of Christie’s France, has declined to comment on rumours that he will be joining Christie’s.