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“We are pleased to have resolved this litigation with Mark Weiss and we remain confident in our position against Fairlight Art Ventures. Clients transact with Sotheby’s because they know we will keep our promises if problems arise: we did so in the case of the painting Portrait of a Gentleman, which Sotheby’s concluded was a fake and not by Frans Hals.”

Sotheby’s in a statement out of reaching an out-of-court settlement with Old Master dealer Mark Weiss over a disputed Frans Hals painting.

“It’s not business-critical to have more stands. If we have more space, we could potentially develop other events like programming of content that people like see at the fair.”

Patrick van Maris, chief executive of TEFAF, on the structural changes to the fair’s venue.

“Buyers look for big impressive aesthetically attractive and well-preserved examples. It is also a case of supply and demand. There are very few found and so prices grow because there is a strong demand for them. So, if you are looking seriously to buy one, choose the best you can find, the best preserved.”

Eric Mickler, special adviser to Aguttes, ahead of the sale of a dinosaur skeleton at the French auction house.

“The EU’s decision provides art shippers with a grace period in which we can continue to serve the international art and antiques market no matter the Brexit outcome.”

Mike McGrellis, transport manager at shipping firm Gander & White after EU laws created a grace period for UK hauliers until the end of 2019.

“It just showed what an incredible find this was… And the vendors were in the room, which put extra pressure on. We are absolutely delighted with these results – a very well-deserved total hammer price.”

Richard Winterton, who recently sold a rediscovered melody by Sir Edward Elgar that was found in an autograph book.