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“Twenty years ago I was dealing from my home in South Kensington. AAL was successful from the start. The event enabled people to go on a voyage of discovery – visiting different dealers, galleries and homes was tremendous fun.

"I made some new connections that year, who have since become long-standing clients. The idea of the ‘open house’ event was beguiling for everyone.

“Every new generation of art buyers redefines the market. It is always in constant flux. What has had a big impact on us dealers is the large number of new museums which have been conceived and built over the last 20 years. Today the connoisseur-collector is a more elusive bird."