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“We’re conscious of the sometimes stuffy image of auctions and we’re keen to encourage younger generations. The market for quality furniture, gold, silver, diamonds and interesting antiques ready to go is proving an increased attraction among younger adults and having an auction room that matches aspirations of buyers and sellers is a huge leap in the right direction.”   

Auctioneer William Duggleby who has joined forces with Boulton & Cooper Stephensons to create a new saleroom at the York Auction Center: Duggleby Stephenson.

“It was in beautiful condition, one of those with tissues between each page and we had to be so careful opening it up because it hadn’t been opened for years.”

Stephen Hearn of Tring Market Auctions which sold a book of specimen banknotes printed for locations across the world. It set a house record when it sold for £205,000.

“Mr Barley had been a client of ours for several years and we were delighted to receive instruction to market many of the items remaining in his estate. It is bound to be an exciting event, full of colour and surprises; very much like the man himself, so hopefully a fitting tribute.”

Matthew Brand, auction manager at TW Gaze which offers the collection of the late dealer Robert Barley this month.

“It’s been a record auction in every way.”  

Luke Hobbs of Gardiner Houlgate on the Wiltshire auction house’s sale which included a Bee Gees guitar. The lot sold for £7000.

“No single living elephant — all of which any sane, sensible person would wish to preserve — is going to be helped by this stringent, draconian ban on the sale of antique ivory. We are creating a massive and unnecessary bureaucracy… This legislation is entirely well motivated but ill-conceived.”

Lord Cormack spoke in the House of Lords ivory debate this week.

“[These works] provide a penetrating likeness of the royal children at a time when their world, and the Stuart monarchy, was on the brink of collapse”.

Sotheby’s on the portraits of the future Charles II (aged 11) and Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (aged nine) by Anthony van Dyck. The pair goes under the hammer in the auction house’s Old Master sale in December.