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“We made very tough decisions last year that were very painful. But we have taken a conscious decision to sell fewer lots that are better chosen with higher sell-through rates. It is easy for the masterpieces to steal the headlines but the real story is the strong sell-through rates at all levels.”

Chairman of Christie’s UK Orlando Rock. The auctioneers released its full year results for 2017 on Friday.

“We have taken booking from a real mixture of dealers … if this early interest is anything to go by we are anticipating a great launch.”

Gary Halford of Guildhall Antique Fairs on its new fair at the Grace Dieu Manor School.

“I imagine that one of the old blanks got stuck in the machinery and shook loose later so got wrongly struck with the new dies. It is a spectacular error! It is likely to be a unique one-off thing that, given the old-type blanks are no longer in production and old stocks will have been melted down a while ago, could never happen again.”

Chris Wren, head of coins at TimeLine Auctions, which offers a misstruck pound coin from 2017 in its February 20-24 sale.  

“We went through a period in the 1990s and early 2000s when buyers were more focused on post-war abstraction and the YBA’s. Bloomsbury Group works were actively sought by certain major collectors, but fashion swung away from them a little then. In the past couple of years though there’s been a reappraisal.”

Matthew Travers of Piano Nobile, which stages a show of works by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant this month.

“An amazing start to the year: each of our eight dedicated specialists is reporting strong demand from vendors as well as buyers.”

Helen Carless of Lawrences of Crewkerne.

“The group sold the intellectual property rights and goodwill in respect of the Mallett brand, part of the group's interior division… for a consideration of £100,000.”

Stanley Gibbons in a stock exchange announcement, revealing that Dreweatts has purchased Mallett.