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“Whenever a client is dealing with a member of the Sotheby’s team, they will be dealing with an owner of our firm.”

Sotheby’s chief executive Tad Smith on the company’s new share scheme for staff which it says will benefit 98% of its employees. For the full story click here.

“It will go in my safe at home and it will stay in Britain, but I’ll be very happy to loan it to universities, libraries, academics or anyone who is interested in seeing it.”

The anonymous buyer of a Georgian ‘sex manual’ which sold for £3100 at Hansons. For the full story click here.

“We tried to pitch things modestly as the market is very sensitive to anything overcooked. At this sale some of the watercolours got a much better reaction compared to many of the oils.”

Woolley & Wallis’ picture specialist Victor Fauvelle on some greater demand for traditional watercolours he has noted across recent auctions. For the full story, see ATG 2336.

"The prices achieved were impressive across the board; the wide range of works of art and furniture attracted bidders from across the globe.” 

Bonhams’ head of house sales Charlie Thomas on the recent sell-out auction of the collection of Saudi billionaire Walid Juffali. For the full story click here

“We hope that the reappearance of this painting demonstrates that with goodwill, perseverance and collaboration, amicable and fair solutions can be found in resolving complex restitution cases and losses due to Nazi persecution, even after so many years.”

Christie’s Monica Dugot, international director of restitution, as a portrait by Lucas Cranach the Elder goes under the hammer after restitution to its rightful heirs. For the full story click here.