ATG quotes of the week
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“We chose things that made us laugh, think, or want to be its caretakers for a period of time.”

Marsha Garces Williams, wife of the late actor Robin Williams, ahead of the sale of 300 objects their personal collection to be offered at auction at Sotheby’s New York.

“People are now more interested in the decorative arts than they were five to ten years ago… People want to get away from beige and greige – they want to move away from the hotel room style.”

Dirk Boll, president of Christie’s EMERI (Europe, Middle East, Russia, India), speaking on the decorative arts making a return to fashion and 'Why brown is the new black’ at the Art Business Conference in Westminster.

“This is a most unusual sale of a very wide variety of luxury items that could provide a bargain for art and fashion lovers.”

National head of corporate valuations at John Pye Auctions, Trevor Palethorpe, on the collection of antiques and artworks seized by the police from a bankrupt drug dealer Alan Yeomans, 63, formerly of Shedley Manor, Yeavley.

“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved at Bonhams and look forward to seeing the business continue to thrive under its new owners.”

Chairman of Bonhams Robert Brooks on the sale of the auction house to the private equity group Epiris.

The forthcoming law banning the UK ivory trade would be "balanced" and exemptions will be "appropriate and carefully implemented".

Michael Ellis MP, the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, speaking at the Art Business Conference held in Westminster on September 4.