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“When I come to look back at my career, I think this sale will have been the highlight.”  

Guy Schooling of Sworders on the contents sale of North Mymms Park on April 17-18. For the full story see ATG 2341.

“With a wealth of experience in the art, antiques and heritage sector, Freya is ideally placed to build upon the work of the association and the support it offers members.”

LAPADA chairman Lord de Mauley on the appointment of Freya Simms to the chief executive role at the trade association. Simms is a co-founder of Golden Squared and former director of The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia. For the full story click here. Or subscribers can click here for a longer version. 

“The work had an earlier history of being by the artist but fell out of Rubens’ oeuvre in 1950s. It has now been brought back into Rubens’ body of work.”

Head of Old Master paintings at Christie’s London Henry Pettifer on a recently reattributed painting. A recent cleaning and restoration had a “quite transformative” effect and is now offered by the auction house where it is estimated at £3m-5m. For the full story click here.

“I have been in contact with the Art and Antiques Unit at Scotland Yard and all are pleased we have managed to reach a satisfactory solution to an issue which affects many countries with items coming up for sale.”

Stephen Drake of Willingham Auctions on the return of a Pre Columbian pot to Bolivia. For the full story click here. For a story about the return of items from the US to Iraq, click here.

“The glossy, detailed high finish that collectors used to admire is less important than canine charisma these days.”

Richard Kay, picture specialist and director of Lawrences of Crewkerne discusses the changing appeal of dog pictures. For the full story see ATG 2341.