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“It’s good to be back. And this time at the grown-up time of 9pm - not that there is any increase in sex and violence - but the thrill of the chase remains high. We start by revisiting my past with the work of Gainsborough, a high-stakes artist who never ceases to surprise me.”

Art dealer and sleuth Philip Mould on Fake or Fortune's return to BBC1.

“Some years ago we did get €26,000 for a doll’s house from Lissadell but I didn’t think this one would go so high, as it’s only 18 inches tall and has just two rooms. I thought it might make €20,000.”

Auctioneer Fonsie Mealy on an 1810 doll’s house which he in fact hammered down for €48,000 (£42,800), an “exceptionally high” price.

"It is clear that there is a growing demand for antiques and that buyers recognise that the safest place to find quality antiques is from a BADA dealer.”

“LAPADA has seen activity from a new generation of millennial buyers, who, in a quest to buy sustainably- and beautifully-crafted furniture forgo the bland ‘cookie cutter’ interiors.”

BADA CEO Marco Forgione and LAPADA chief executive Freya Simms weigh in on the news that antiques have boosted a recent rise in UK retail.

“Thought lost for over 170 years, this important portrait can now be enjoyed by visitors to the museum for years to come… It will brilliantly animate the story of his life and works at his former home in Bloomsbury.”

Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar on the ‘lost’ portrait of Charles Dickens which has been saved for the nation.


The sound of an aluminium bat used by Australian cricketer Dennis Lillee in the 1979 Ashes, as described by one of the English side. The Combat, later banned, made £5200 at a John Goodwin auction last week.