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“Historic objects can give rise to complex discussions about the past; our role today is to continue to provide a transparent, legitimate marketplace upholding the highest standards for the transfer of objects from one generation of collectors to the next.”

Christie's in a statement after Egypt threatened to sue the auction house over the £4m sale of a sculptural head of Tutankhamun.

“The bids received show the enduring appeal Mr Becker has with the public… We will be reporting back to creditors in due course.”

Mark Ford of Smith & Williamson’s, lead trustee to the bankruptcy estate of Boris Becker. The auction of the tennis legend’s collection took place at Wyles Hardy & Co last week.

“Who knows if two people who are determined to get their hands on an incredibly quirky piece of boot making.”

1818 Auctioneer’s saleroom manager Bill Nelson on the sale of two giant, early 20th century boots that used to hang outside a Cumbrian shoe shop.

“[It was a] transformative document not only for The Beatles, but also for the 1960s and popular culture of the time.”

Gabriel Heaton of Sotheby’s books and manuscripts department on the Beatles' first management contract which sold at the auction house for a hammer price of £220,000

“I was sure that this dedication panel and its thanks to divine providence was the real thing.”

Jeremy Lamond, director of Halls Fine Art, confirmed his suspicions over an intriguing 1652 “plague plaque” which goes under the hammer on July 17.