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“My personal favourite item of the collection is this framed letter from Roger Moore to Brian Bailey which simply reads ‘Bollocks!’ We can only imagine that this must be in response to Brian rejecting one of Roger's expense claims…”

Chris Aston of Aston’s which offers the letter as part of its Entertainment & Memorabilia Auction on January 17. It is part of a group of 007 collectables offered during the sale.

“Leslie and Wes have a history of making bold moves. They’ve each built companies from the ground up by responding to the needs of clients…This next chapter holds that theme as we build new tools and expand our expertise.”

Thomas Galbraith who heads the new parent company that contains Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and Cowan’s Auctions, founded by Wes Cowan.

“If she bought a painting, the artist would send her a bill and she would send a letter, they’d reply and friendships built up. She was as interested in the artist as in the painting.”

Amy Scanlon of Sworders on Barbara Holliday whose collection of Mod Brit art goes under the hammer on January 15.

“We have always believed that there is surprisingly little correlation in the art market between aesthetic and commercial value.”

Dealer Paul Liss of Modern British art specialist Liss Llewellyn. The business has now split it stock across two websites, one of which focuses on works priced under £2000 – but all of which is dubbed museum quality.

“I calculate there are 15 amazing bargains here each time at Kempton – in categories across the board.”

Tribal specialist Ronnie Archer-Morgan of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow on Sunbury Antiques Market.

“With such an upbringing it is not surprising that my own collection consists mainly of oak furniture, delftware and country items.”

Pelham Olive, son of dealer Gabriel Olive, who will sell his fine collection of antique oak furniture, treen and delftware at Bonhams.