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“We are grateful that USTR and the administration recognised that tariffs on Chinese art would only hurt American small business and cultural exchange with our allies in the UK, Europe and Asia, especially Japan."

Peter Tompa of Washington, DC law firm Bailey & Ehrenberg on the announcement that Chinese art and antiques will not be subject to import tariffs.

“The winning bidders registered on the morning of the sale in normal clothes but then a few minutes before the lot was up they walked into the saleroom dressed as Batman and Robin. I just wasn’t expecting it.”

Auctioneer Chris Aston of Aston’s where a prop watch from Only Fools and Horses sold to two dedicated fans.

“Heroic, epic, grand majestic. This magnum opus has been compared to Audubon in terms of the vision and grandeur of the completed project.”

Daile Kaplan of Swann Auction Galleries on Edward S Curtis’ The North American Indian, which goes under the hammer at the New York auction house on October 18.

“I have a great love of and admiration for the United States. It seemed clear to me that this small object most probably witnessed part of American Revolutionary history. Colonial Williamsburg seemed the ideal home for it.”

Angus Sladen, a descendant of the last colonial governor of Virginia, spoke about his decision to donate a silver teapot that belonged to his ancestor to Colonial Williamsburg. 

“He will always be Tinker to me.”

Auctioneer Mark Ashley in a Tweet this week. It followed this announcement that Dudley Sutton, the actor who played Tinker in the TV series Lovejoy, died aged 85.