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“I made this ten years ago. Bristol museum have just put it back on display to mark Brexit day. Laugh now, but one day no-one will be in charge.”

Street artist Banksy on his derisive Devolved Parliament, which achieved an £8.5m hammer at Sotheby’s, topping his previous auction high of $1.7m.

“Good old-fashioned country house auctions are a rarity these days and it is a privilege to organise one against such an historic backdrop.”

Guy Schwinge of Duke’s on the sale of the contents of Athelhampton House in Dorset.

“The trial involving Lady Chatterley’s Lover was a seminal moment in the continuing struggle for freedom of expression, and the judge’s copy belongs here in the UK, a singular reminder of the road travelled and remaining.”

Philippe Sands, president of English PEN, which successfully held a campaign to keep an important copy of DH Lawrence’s novel in the UK.

“We look forward to working with Bonhams to support the growth of their online sales and open up their auctions to a yet wider audience of bidders and buyers.”

John-Paul Savant CEO of Auction Technology Group, owner of, which has entered into a long-term partnership with Bonhams.