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The Guernsey-based company will offer a full range of valuation services and plan to conduct mainly fine art auctions with three or four sales a year in hired venues.

The first catalogue sale is planned for June 25.

Mr Wilkinson, who started life with Martel Maides as a porter 26 years ago, will assume the position of managing director and auctioneer, to be joined shortly by a representative in Jersey.

His current contact numbers are 07781 113463 or 01481 722972. Email: cia@cwgsy.net