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“There are always rich men with girlfriends. This, to a degree, insulates the jewellery market.”

Nicolas Norton of jewellery dealer SJ Phillips which is moving to Bruton Street after vacating their historic Bond Street location.

“We fancied a new challenge. We were being offered things that we couldn’t sell so we decided to change what we do and become auctioneers.”

George Kingham who has launched Kingham & Orme Auctioneers in the Cotswolds with fellow dealer Gary Orne.

“His journey with the auction house really began in 1977, when a nine-year old Harry watched as his family possessions at Mentmore Towers sold by Sotheby’s, following his grandfather’s passing."

Sotheby’s recounts Harry Dalmeny’s relationship with the firm as he is appointed UK chairman. He has worked at the firm for 25 years.

“As a dealer, a key to sales is presenting yourself to people. It’s not the price that’s most important. You’ve got to get people to like the object, of course, but also to feel confident in you.”

Ian Anderson, third-generation dealer and former director at LAPADA, discusses his experiences in the family business.

“The best advice I can offer when it comes to spending good money on an old motor is ‘buy the best, forget the rest”

Former antiques dealer Charles Howard talks about his passion for classic cars following the publication of his book An Auto Biography.

"I was told there was 'nowt of interest' in the outbuildings but we auctioneers always persist."

Steven Parkinson, auctioneer and valuer at Thomson Roddick of Carlisle on the discover of a group of Victorian plaster-cast heads, one of which went on to make £20,000.

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