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“The prospect of a no-deal divorce has caused confusion and anxiety and both of these elements are powerful propellants to a higher gold price.”

Precious metals dealer Michael Bloomstein credits concerns over Brexit as scrap gold neared an all-time UK high last week.

“It had all the signs of a painting by the great Thomas Lawrence but clinching evidence came later. Using science to look beneath his wig at Lawrence’s frenetic brushstroke was a revelation. It really is such a thrilling find by the team, and our most glamorous discovery in over 30 episodes.”

Dealer and art detective Philip Mould on a new discovery made on his BBC programme Fake or Fortune?

“The proposed acquisition of our company is on track and we remain focused on serving our global clients.”

Tad Smith, CEO and president of Sotheby’s, despite the reported slowdown of auction sales at the top of the sector in the first half of the year.

“Whether they will be helpful to the art and antiques trade is a conundrum that is yet to be answered.”

Freya Simms, chief executive of LAPADA on Boris Johnson's Cabinet reshuffle.

“The time has come when we have to pass on to our buyers some of the considerable costs of this revolution in the way that customers purchase lots at auction.”

Pierce Noonan, managing director and CEO of Dix Noonan Webb as the numismatics auction house became the first in the UK to raise its buyer’s premium beyond 20%. He pointed to the requirements of new technology on resources.




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