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“Marc’s appointment complements the changes we made at the board and executive levels late last year and marks a further step in the refinement of our structure as we plan for growth opportunities ahead.”

Christie’s chief executive Guillaume Cerutti on Marc Porter, who, after 25 years with the firm, joined Sotheby’s in January 2017. This week, Christie’s announced he would be returning as chairman in America after just months at the rival firm.

"June 8th - Vote for Serrell - built on a policy of Free Chips and Red Wine (Vin Angleterre of course)."

Auctioneer Philip Serrell in a tongue-in-cheek Tweet following the announcement of June 8’s general election.

“This is great result for us as we are just a small auction house. We held the record last year and it would be wonderful if we could repeat this every spring!”

Andrew Swain director of Henry Adams after the auction house set a record for a Cedric Morris painting for the second consecutive year. The still-life ‘Wild Flowers’ took £130,000.

“Very few similar examples of this kind exist, and when rarely auctioned, they typically appear at major auction houses, notably in both Christie’s and Sotheby’s sales.”

Jonathan Riley of Folkestone’s Grand Auctions speaking about a porcelain figure of the Buddha from the Qianlong or Jiaqing period. The piece is estimated at £7000-10,000 as it goes under the hammer next month.

“There is a strong demand for advice from experts on how to incorporate art and antiques into interiors and previous designer talks have been very well attended. We are taking it to the next level this year by hosting top designers throughout the run of the fair.”

Mary Claire Boyd, director of Summer Olympia on the fair’s extended programme of designer talks.