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“Having had a regular presence for eight years, the time was right for Artcurial to put down roots in Morocco by establishing a permanent operation to build business there, year-round.”

François Tajan, deputy chairman of Artcurial, on becoming “the first international auction house to establish operations on the African continent”.

“These tiny manuscripts are like a magical doorway into the imaginary worlds they inhabited and also hint at their ambition to become published authors. I hope that everyone will help the Brontë Society to bring it back to Yorkshire where it belongs.”

Dame Judi Dench, president of the Brontë Societycalling for help to raise funds to buy a manuscript by a young Charlotte Brontë.

“Challenging and rewarding.”

Outgoing BADA CEO Marco Forgione on his four years at the head of the trade association.

"This was a fantastic result and shows the prices are roaring for Morris' flower paintings. But interest in his landscapes has also increased recently."

Guy Schooling, chairman of Sworders, after the auction house hammered down one of Cedric Morris’ flower paintings for a record £160,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).