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"We didn’t do it for the money! We were looking to make changes to the fair anyway. By happenstance – we didn’t go looking for an outside partner – we came across Thomas and Harry. And now, the brilliant by-product is we have the financial resources to further enhance our online offering, which is open to all BADA members and is attracting a global audience."

BADA chief Marco Forgione speaks about the decision to sell a majority stake in the association’s flagship fair to Thomas Woodham-Smith and Harry van der Hoorn, owner of Dutch stand builder Stabilo.

“Through monthly meetings, young collectors and those thinking of establishing a collection will be able to engage and network with like-minded individuals.”

Glen Hardwick-Bruce, programme director at Christie’s Education on the Young Collectors Club which he co-founded.

“We call on ICOM to intervene with the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum and ensure a quick resolution of a painful mystery that has caused untold upset in the Price family for more than 30 years.”

Christopher Marinello, CEO of Art Recovery International, Joshua Reynolds Portrait of Miss Matthew… which was discovered at the Japanese museum more than 30 years after it was stolen from a Sussex estate.

"Christopher Hodsoll’s distinctive mix of fine furniture with textiles, works of art and fine art of many different periods and styles is instantly recognisable in the homes of his clients, who range from rock stars to royalty.”

Charlie Thomas, Bonhams’ director of house sales and private collections, on one of the interior designers whose collections are offered at the London auction house.

“The thieves stole about 100 of my late mother’s Caithness limited edition paperweights. I have the certificates fortunately so can identify them.”

Zoe Phillips calls on the antiques trade to look out for items stolen in south London.


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