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“His track record in transforming brands is extraordinary – and his experience in the auction business, in particular, will be of enormous importance.”

Bruno Vinciguerra, Bonhams executive chairman on the hiring of Marc Sands as the firm’s chief marketing officer in London. He was previously head of Christie’s marketing.

“In a real sense, my family has been waiting for this moment for 80 years, when Gottlieb, Mathilde, and Marie Kraus fled Vienna with their lives and little else, and left their beloved art collection to an uncertain fate.”

John Graykowski, great-grandson of Gottlieb and Mathilde Kraus, the original owners of a painting that was seized by the Nazis in 1941 and entered the collection of Hitler’s photographer Heinrich Hoffmann. It has now been returned to the family.

“We’ve had a lot of bad press over ivory recently, but hopefully this event will show that the auction world cares about endangered species.”

James Lewis of Bamfords who will attempt to set a new world record for the longest continuous auction taken by a single auctioneer in aid of wildlife charities at his firm.

“We will be utilising some state-of-the-art science in the analysis of artistic mysteries.”

Philip Mould on filming the next season of his BBC programme Fake or Fortune?

“The Golden Beananza was a major promotional event for Heinz in the 1990s but I don’t think they quite realised how collectable their little golden beans would become.”

Hannah Murphy, a valuer from McTear’s which recently sold one of the 100 prize golden beans for £750 – back to Heinz.

“Given the provenance of these artworks, intended to benefit generations of children and young people in Hertfordshire, who do not have access to arts, we urgently ask that the County Council reconsider the private sale of these public artworks.”

The National Society for Education in Art and Design’s secretary Michele Gregson ahead of Hertfordshire County Council’s auction of artworks at Cheffins.