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"I always wanted my store to be an evolving space in which it was possible to showcase work from artists that I feel passionate about, so I am thrilled to partner with Sotheby’s on this project."

Victoria Beckham on the mini exhibition she is hosting at her Dover Street store in London of selected works from Sotheby’s upcoming London Old Master sales on July 4-5.

"The overall thrust of last night’s second reading of the ivory bill was predictable, but not discouraging. While many MPs remain seduced by the idea that banning bona fide works of art will save the elephant, the Secretary of State was robust in emphasising the justification for controlled exemptions."

Dealer Martin Levy of H. Blairman & Sons gave his view following MPs debate on the Ivory Bill that is going through parliament.

"With the benefit of a strengthened balance sheet, a much-simplified structure and some of the most knowledgeable and experienced people in their respective markets, we are now able to focus on our long-term future."

Graham Elliott Shircore, the new chief executive of Stanley Gibbons Group on the firm’s strategy of focusing on its core business of stamps and coins and reducing its debts.

"A continuation of two years of good results since the end of the recession."

Ian Whyte, managing director at Whyte's in Dublin, on recent auction sales. For more see ATG issue 2346.

"While now claiming ownership, Greece has not come forward with any evidence or facts to support its newly-minted claim the object should be treated as ‘stolen’, and we are asking the court to clarify the rights of legitimate owners of ancient works of art and protect clients against baseless claims."

Sotheby’s statement about its court claim to prove ownership of an ancient Greek horse.