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“Autograph works by Canova are fantastically rare on the market and so to be offering this bust, newly-rediscovered and with such a special story behind it, is something remarkable indeed.”   

Christopher Mason of Sotheby’s anticipates the sale of a long-lost (but now rediscovered) Canova sculpture. For the full story, click here.

“I feel so sorry for these hard-up companies as they now only average 40-50% commission from each lot sold!”

David L Carter, restorer, dealer, valuer and auctioneer adviser, in a letter to ATG. He was responding to last week’s story about the rising cost of payment by credit card. For the full letter, see ATG issue 2345.

“Our June focal point will engage with a global audience hungry to continue connecting with new talent.”  

Francis Outred of Christie’s as the auction house re-launches summer contemporary art auctions in London. For the full story, click here 

“The UK has seen dramatic changes in recent years, but that has not dimmed the dynamism or determination of our museums and galleries.”

Lord Smith of Finsbury, chairman of the Art Fund, on announcing the nationwide charity’s record year of grant-giving. For the full story, click here. 

“Fork Handles is a huge part of the British psyche – and this script was its birth. It’s a holy grail for collectors.”  

Auctioneer Andrew Stowe of East Bristol Auctions anticipates the sale of the iconic Two Ronnies sketch. For the full story, click here.