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“Sotheby’s is one of the most elegant and aspirational brands in the world. As a longtime client and lifetime admirer of the company, I am acquiring Sotheby’s together with my family.”

Entrepreneur and art collector Patrick Drahi who bought Sotheby’s this week.

“A truly grotesque creature, it represents the pinnacle of their work, and we also concluded that it was of outstanding aesthetic importance reflecting the fact that this criterion does not necessarily imply that an object has to be beautiful to pass that test.”

Sir Hayden Phillips, chairman of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest on a grinning crab by the Martin Brothers that sold at auction last year and has now been temporarily export barred.

“These letters are exactly the sort of thing we love to handle: they are unpublished and fresh-to-market, with compelling content and impeccable provenance.”

Heather Weintraub, associate specialist in the Christie’s New York books and manuscripts department on the love letters from Leonard Cohen to his muse Marianne Ihlen.

“[The scholarship] means I can follow my dreams of working in the art world.”

Cambridge graduate Robyn Orovwuje-Forbes on the new horology bursary launched by West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.

“Giacomo has been at the heart of our exponential growth.”

Ralph Taylor of Bonhams on Giacomo Balsamo’s promotion to the newly-created post of international director, Post-War and Contemporary art.

“[The gun] could still be the one that killed van Gogh.”

Despite some question over who pulled the trigger, a gun sold at auction this week is thought to be the one that killed Vincent van Gogh, according to ArtAuction Rémy le fur's sale at the Hôtel Drouot, which offered it.