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“As prices for the very best 19th and 20th century art continue to hit the headlines, there is hope within the industry that the sensational Da Vinci sale could attract a wider audience to Old Masters in 2018."

Sebastian Duthy, director of Art Market Research as art is ranked top among investment assets according to the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index.

"He had taken a taxi from Heathrow to Easingwold. After fierce bidding on the phones and internet he bought it, put it in his suitcase and the taxi was still waiting outside the saleroom with the meter ticking to go back to Heathrow.”

A Japanese buyer snapped up a ‘Ming period’ dish at Summersgill Auctioneers in North Yorkshire for £31,000. But the route he took to the auction was far from conventional, as the auction house’s owner Tim Summersgill reflects.

“We look forward to seeing Cadogan Tate continue to develop and grow.”

Rohan Masson-Taylor, founder of shipping company Cadogan Tate which was acquired by Amsterdam-based investment firm H2 Equity Partners.

“I want to give this important specialist fair our very best shot to increase exhibitor numbers and footfall. I particularly want to encourage the society’s 450 members to exhibit, so we have reduced the fair’s table price to a good-value £45 to the society’s members or £95 for non-members.”

Charles Miller of the eponymous London auction house and chairman of the Scientific Instrument Society. He is looking to give the biannual Antique Scientific Instrument Fair a boost. (ATG No: 2348)

“This monumental portrait bust of the Queen-Empress is not only an important icon made at the apogee of British power but a complex and hugely sympathetic image. It is also a tour de force of marble carving, a medium which Gilbert rarely employed.”

Dealer Lowell Libson, a member of the government’s reviewing committee on the export of works of art weighs in on Sir Alfred Gilbert’s marble sculpture of Queen Victoria, recently acquired by The Fitzwilliam Museum.