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“Art market reports show that currently under 5% of people use auctions to trade in the secondary market. We expect that figure to double within the next 10 years”

Christopher Barnekow, co-founder of the online art and antiques search service Barnebys, which this week bought the valuation website ValueMyStuff.

“The provenance provided to them stated that it had been consigned ‘from an important London W1 collection, previously acquired before 1970’. The fact that it had been stolen in Siena in 1988 demonstrates the need for careful checks of the provenance provided on consignment.”

The Art Loss Register’s James Ratcliffe following the recent repatriation of an Etruscan bronze.

“These days have simply been full of potting, yesterday and the day before 200 slip decorations each.”

A line from one of the letters that studio potter Bernard Leach wrote from Japan. It was one of an archive of letters he wrote that sold at Lawrences in Crewkerne to the Crafts Study Centre museum in Surrey.

“As the jewellery market continues to see price rises and watch values also hold firm, it was an obvious decision to create a specialist sale within the Cheffins calendar.”

Steven Collins, head of jewellery, silver and watches at Cheffins ahead of the first specialist sale in that field at the Cambridge auction house.

“Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya both loved taking part in auctions and were frequent visitors to Sotheby’s in the 1990s and we are delighted to work with the family once again.”

Rostropovic and Vishnevskaya are remembered as the ‘golden couple of classical music’. The sale of their personal collection is addressed here by Jo Vickery, Sotheby’s international director of Russian art, who heads the sale.