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“We are providing more options for our collecting base.”

Matthew Rubinger, deputy chief marketing officer at Christie’s, on the offering of a collection through online marketplace 1stdibs. It is the latest step for the auction house to increase its non-auction sales.

“Charles Darwin once wrote that ‘I always feel as if my books came half from Lyell’s brains’. Lyell’s notebooks and papers are perhaps the most important source of information not only on Lyell’s own multifarious researches - including climate change as well as geology - but also on intellectual networking and networks in Victorian Britain and on numerous other, non-scientific as well as scientific, aspects of Victorian society.”

Peter Barber, a member of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, on the export block for notebooks of Charles Darwin’s mentor, the Scottish geologist Sir Charles Lyell.

“The market for Moore never disappears, like with all the other greats. The market goes up and down and at the moment we’re in a lower stage of the cycle.”

Dealer Anthony Brown on the market for Henry Moore

“They’ll be guided by their own instincts.” 

Golding Young and Mawer’s auctioneer Colin Young on the sale of Stamford dealers’ St George’s collection. It is offered with no estimate, but Young commented that this would be no problem for the knowledgeable dealers among the bidders.