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“Tiaras really reached their peak in popularity towards the end of the 19th century and during the early years of the 20th century, when wealthy families such as the Crawleys would have been investing in these pieces to signify their affluence and high status in polite society.”

Ilias Kapsalis at Bentley & Skinner on the tiaras from the dealership that will appear in the new Downton Abbey film.

“Dreweatts was an early adopter of online technology and recognises the importance today of offering auction solutions in particular through timed and market place formats.”

Dreweatts’ managing director Jonathan Pratt on the appointment of Silas Currie as a senior valuer to oversee the auction house’s online sales.

“We are expecting a lot of interest in the Mawley Hall consignment, given the high quality of the lots on offer and that they are fresh to the market.”

Luke Macdonald, director at Cheffins Fine Art, on the consignment of 200 objects from Grade I listed Mawley Hall, the 18th-century country estate, which is set to go under the hammer at Cheffins’ Fine Art Sale on September 11-12.

“This is an extremely significant find for our understanding of the impact of the Norman Conquest of 1066… the coins will help us understand how changes under Norman rule impacted on society as a whole.”

Gareth Williams, curator of early medieval coinage at the British Museum, on the 2500 coins discovered by a group of metal-detectorists on land south of Bristol, which were brought to the British Museum.

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