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“We had five feet of water with floating porcelain vases. It was like a tsunami. Our furniture is completely submerged.”

“It is like turning up for work and being made redundant – we can’t trade. We are on our hands and knees trying to clean the mud off everything.”

Camden Passage dealers Kevin Page and Frank Johnston after a burst water main flooded Camden Passage and parts of Angel in Islington.

“There are a few guys left who would have bought from my late father-in-law. When I first started, there were buyers who had bought off my father-in-law’s father.”

Stephen Whittaker on Fellows’ 140th anniversary year

“Profound love for Christie's and the deep respect and pride.”

Brett Gorvy, Christie's chairman and international head of Post War and Contemporary art following his decision to leave after 23 years at the auctioneer.

“To ban the sale of an 18th-century cabinet inlaid with small pieces of ivory … in order to stop Far Eastern buyers from purchasing contemporary carved Buddhas or trinkets makes no sense.”

Victoria Borwick MP in the House of Commons speaking against a total ban on ivory sales.

“More clients wish to talk about art as an investment than a decade ago but it is a subject that many art dealers are reluctant to address, myself included. Admittedly art dealers are not providing a financial service but a lead on this subject from the trade associations would be helpful.”

Dealer Jonathan Voak of Atelier on how the market has changed.