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“You could say that, after so many years at Olympia, the fair has indeed evolved. Most living organisms do.”

Sir David Attenborough who will open the 61st ABA Rare Book Fair at Battersea in May.

"When I was first asked to go four years ago, it was a life-changing moment for me.”

Dealer James Butterwick on TEFAF Maastricht.

“This ban should serve as a warning to other directors tempted to help themselves first; you have a duty to your creditors and if you neglect this duty you could be investigated by The Insolvency Service and lose the privilege of limited liability trading.”

Robert Clarke, group leader of Insolvent Investigations North at The Insolvency Service after Football Sport Auctions was liquidated and director Andrew John Lane was disqualified for being a company director for 10 years.

“Christie’s is very pleased with the court’s decision on the parties’ motions and looks forward to the complete resolution of this case on the merits in the future.”

A Christie’s spokeswoman. Her comments followed a dispute between Christie’s and Heritage Auctions over three handbag specialists that went to court in the US.

“For a collector it ticked all the boxes. I thought it might go over estimate but not to the extent it did.”

Douglas Girton of Lyon & Turnbull on the sale of a bust by Sir John Robert Steell.

“What I hope is that a reasonable number of these great works will actually end up in public spaces in museums around the world and be seen by many people.”

David Rockefeller Jnr on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme ahead of the auction of the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller at Christie’s New York in May.