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“The bible bears witness to the upheavals of the Reformation, a time which defined what the cathedral is today, and will have a key role in telling visitors our story.”

Cressida Williams, Canterbury Cathedral’s head of archives and library, welcomed the ‘Lyghfield Bible’ back into the collection. The rare illuminated bible was bought by the cathedral at Bloomsbury Auctions.

“It has been a very disappointing and disruptive episode, but we’re glad to have been able to return the two books that unwittingly went through our hands, and we mourn the damage done to other books from this library which had plates removed.”

Ed Maggs of Maggs Bros speaks about the alleged Carnegie Library theft, which left his business and other high-profile London book dealers out of pocket.

“In early 2017, when I heard the news of the current owner’s bankruptcy, I felt it was our duty to try to save the collection as a whole… Alongside our partners, we will ensure that the collection is protected and preserved for generations to come.”

Kevin Fewster, director of the National Maritime Museum, which is among the museums that joined forces to purchase artefacts from the wreck of the Titanic. They were purchased from Premier Exhibition with the help of Titanic film director James Cameron.

“This poster is unique as it features the complete Kastel artwork in the original colour palette for the second in George Lucas’ trilogy.”

It’s not difficult to spot similarities between George Kastel’s poster for The Empire Strikes Back and Gone with the Wind promotions from earlier in the century. Those similarities were even more pronounced on Kastel’s first fiery drafts of the Star Wars poster which sold last month at Heritage Auctions – its vintage poster director, Grey Smith, commented.  

“As one of Britain’s most famous novelists, it is only right for there to be great expectations on us to protect Dickens’ study table for the benefit of the nation.”

Michael Ellis, minister for arts, heritage and tourism, argued the cause for a table, once owned by Charles Dickens, to remain in the UK. It has been export barred following its sale at Christie's last December.

“This is how it all began – the football structure at the heart of a game loved across the world today. Before the Football League was formed, chaos reigned with teams trying to organise their own fixtures haphazardly.”

Hansons’ football valuer Alastair Lofley discusses the importance of a football club minutes book dating back to 1888, the year the Football League was formed. Found in a vast collection of football memorabilia it goes under the hammer at the end of this month.