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“Their appeal is both other-worldly with a strong sculptural aesthetic and at 4.5bn years old they generate sheer wonder.”

Duke’s Mark Allum on a Sikhote-Alin fragment that will go under the hammer at the Dorchester saleroom this month.  

“The artist’s recent publicity has unsurprisingly increased the community of collectors for Banksy’s works and we saw particularly strong bidding from America at yesterday’s auction.”

Stephan Ludwig of Forum Auctions, which recently sold an ‘unshredded’ version of a print of Banksy’s Girl with Balloon in a sell-out auction of Banksy Editions.

“This calm elegiac painting of gentle water-bound commerce and agricultural activity would have contrasted greatly with the turmoil in Continental Europe during this phase of the Napoleonic Wars. It is the absolute antithesis of his ‘Battle of Trafalgar’ (Tate Britain) which was painted at the same time.”

Lowell Libson of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest on JMW Turner’s Walton Bridges, valued at £3.4m, which has been export barred.

“[This is] a time capsule of a rock band’s tour from over 20 years ago. It appears that once they completed their gigs back in 1996, all the equipment was put into storage.”

Gardiner Houlgate auctioneer Luke Hobbs on its sale of touring equipment from 1980s band Tears for Fears.

"We do, however, recognise there are widely held concerns about this issue and have decided that the sale of the rhinoceros carvings… will now not take place. In future, Bonhams will not offer artefacts made entirely or partly from rhinoceros horn in its salerooms.”

Bonhams CEO Matthew Girling on the firm’s move to stop selling rhino horn at auction in Hong Kong. Sotheby’s has done the same.