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"She beckoned me over and I found myself on my knees in front of her, laying out my collection on the low coffee table. It was at this moment I felt the hot breath of her huge English mastiffs on the back of my neck as they sprang forward to defend her."

Silver spoon collector and scholar David Constable on meeting specialist dealer Mrs How.

“The market will be smaller but development has to happen. We cannot stand still.”

Mark Barr, chair of the Portobello Road and Golborne Management Committee on the Westway Trust’s revised plans to redevelop the vintage end of Portobello Road.

“I think the spring will be better. Consignors will feel better. We have to convince the sellers that the buyers are there.”

Tad Smith of Sotheby's, speaking to CNBC ahead of its New York Contemporary art evening sale last week.

“I was approached by Michael paint, in great haste, a likeness of the Bullingdon Club portrait - one that the BBC could use in place of the photograph. I happened to have a 3ft x 4ft canvas primed and ready to use in my studio in Oxford, so I began that night.”

Rona Marsden on her painting which comes up for auction at December 8 at Mallams with an estimate of £5000-7000. 

“Location, grandeur of the building, ample free car parking, sufficient space, easy off, loading and price.”

Fair organiser Susan Galloway lists key elements of a Galloway Antiques Fair.