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“He has earned an impeccable reputation for his great eye, enormous knowledge, innovative thinking and trustworthy character.” 

George Watcher, chairman of Sotheby’s America, on Otto Naumann as the dealer joins the auction house as senior vice president and client development director in its Old Master paintings division.

“We do actually support the government’s good intention to stop poaching in Africa and the illegal trade there. However, as discussed at length in the third reading, it was acknowledged by many MP’s that the ban would have little or no effect on what actually happens on the ground in Africa.”

“Our ivory ban is one of the toughest in the world and will provide vital protection for the African and Asian elephant from the scourge of illegal poaching. But there are many more precious species, like the hippo and walrus, which could fall victim to the callous trade in ivory. The government will, therefore, consult on extending the ivory ban to other ivory-bearing animals.”

Respectively, Asian art dealer Alastair Gibson launched a petition to lobby parliament to loosen an amendment in the ivory bill while environment minister Michael Gove confirmed plans to consult on a proposed extension to it.

“These proposals reflect consultations and discussions with our community to ensure we create an exciting and inspirational venue with unparalleled facilities.”

John Hitchcox, chairman of Yoo Capital, on the £700m redevelopment of the events venue Olympia. Proposals include the creation of 2.5 acres of public space.

“As a dealer, I can’t promise that all the items will stay together but some of them will go to important institutions which could not have afforded to buy the collection in its entirety.”

Elizabeth Crawford of Woman and Her Sphere, which specialises in books and ephemera by and about women, on her winning bid at Hansons for an archive relating to three Suffragette sisters.