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“2018 was record-breaking at Christie’s with several major collections and continued demand across all categories. While signs of a more challenging macro-political and economic environment increased towards the end of last year, we remain confident of continued success in 2019, thanks to judicious planning and continued focus on curation, selection and pricing.”

Guillaume Cerutti, chief executive officer at Christie’s, which reported sales totalling £5.3bn last year.

“Freeman's Auctions presents a very rare Early Netherlandish masterpiece by the Master of the Embroidered Foliage with a way too low estimate of $150,000. Their only other work sold this century fetched €1.4m…”

Francis Mouton of website Auction Augur in a Tweet about the hotly anticipated devotional painting of the Virgin and Child, which is due to go under the hammer at Freeman’s in Philadelphia. It was consigned by a New York institution.

“We want to make selling and buying on eBay a fair process.”

eBay in its announcement that sellers are now required to upload tracking details in an attempt to combat fraudulent claims from buyers that items had not been received.

“I am aware that over my lifetime I have collected a lot of interesting things, which should be shown and shared.”

Dealer Paul Reeves who will offer more than 400 lots at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on February 14. 

“Given the importance of Air Chief Marshal The Honourable Sir Ralph ‘Cocky’ Cochrane’s career, we feel that this particular group will appeal to all types of collectors on an international level.” 

Mark Quayle of Dix Noonan Webb, which offers the medals group of the “brilliant and meticulous planner” who worked on the Dambusters raid and the sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz.