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“Dr Shannon started to buy jewellery in the 1960s, when rare and desirable antique and later jewels were far more easily available than they are today.”

Jewellery historian John Benjamin ahead of the sale of Anne Shannon’s collection at Woolley & Wallis next week.  

“The government and opposition quite rightly wants to bring an end to the killing of elephants. But they are unwilling to accept that the trade in historic works containing ivory has no impact on demand for ivory in Asia.”

Lord Inglewood addressed the ivory bill amendments that will limit powers of the civilian officers enforcing the trade ban.

“I joined the company when there were just 12 people and we are now 30. Roseberys gave me the opportunity to learn from the ground up. You get to know how the business works and what doesn’t work.”

Vicki Wonfor of Roseberys, who was recently promoted to joint managing director.  

“I have decided to return to my roots and return to dealing.”

John Ridgway, director of Perry & Phillips in Bridgnorth, who will close the 170-year-old auction house.

“Sotheby’s Home is another way we are uniting technology with wonderful objects to serve our clients.”

Sotheby’s CEO Tad Smith on the relaunch of retail website Viyet, now called Sotheby’s Home. It sells interior design objects, vintage and antique furniture.