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Whether it’s the drop of a hand or pen, gavel or nutcracker, cattle prod or horse whip, mallet or meat cleaver – whatever serves you best.

A museum-quality ivory piece may be de rigeur when selling works of art for millions in international auction houses but anything short of a jellyfish will get the job done.

For myself, a battered but beloved hardwood gavel head (handle long gone) has certainly hammered down a few millions over the years…

So, thank you Brian Cole, for your timely advice (ATG No 2567) and well done Toby Cleave – great weapon of choice!

Best wishes.

Andrew McCann

Auctioneer, Maxwells of Wilmslow