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“Philip is very clear he wants the museum to have it and is keeping the field clear for us.”

Dr Cindy Sughrue, director of the Dickens Museum on dealer Philip Mould. This week, the museum's fundraising campaign to purchase a ‘lost’ portrait of Charles Dickens for the nation reached £60,000, a third of the asking price.

“Very few original woodblock prints from this period survive and each is rich in meaning, complex and exceedingly rare. So to be able to study one still attached to a physical object of this nature is truly exceptional.”

Dr Cristina Dondi, professor of early European book heritage at the University of Oxford, on the print attached to a 15th century French box recently sold to the Bodleian Libraries by Paris dealer Les Enluminures.

“We had international interest in our Russian lots from clients in America, Russia and here in the UK.”

Harrison Goldman, valuer at Dawson’s Auctioneers, on the sale of the collection of the late Christopher Martin-Zakheim and his shop Iconastas Gallery, which went under the hammer last weekend.

“We’ve not auctioned anything like this guitar before. You simply don’t see guitars on the market linked to this era of blues greats. We really are talking about a relic of a bygone age before the British blues invasion of the 1960s turned it into the international musical force it is today.”

Luke Hobbs, auctioneer at Gardiner Houlgate, which offers Booker White’s 1933 National Duolian resonator guitar named ‘Hard Rock’ in March with an estimate of £80,000-120,000.

“The collection has brought me a lot of happiness for many years and it has been great to see it grow in to the vast collection it is today, however it is now time to let these pieces go to new homes and join other rare collections across the world.”

Jimmy Quinlan, who will sell his collection of gramophones, radios and other musical artefacts. It was formerly open to the public as the Cottage Collection private museum in Ardattin Village, Co Carlow and now goes under the hammer at Victor Mee Auctions.