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This week’s quotes of the week include contributions from BADA’s CEO and the curator of The Pearson Collection of post-war British silver.

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“We cautiously welcome the business rates update today but there still needs to be a more equitable approach to the rateable value of property on high streets. More must be done to help small businesses otherwise it will only be the multi-national brands that will be able to afford to take space on key high streets.”

The British Antiques Dealers’ Association (BADA) chief executive Marco Forgione, speaking on the Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement

“Prices still don’t reflect rarity… No one knows how much was melted down when bullion prices peaked in 1980 and again in 2011.”

John Andrew, curator of The Pearson Collection of post-war British silver

“Despite several business and leadership shifts over the past two years, we feel confident that with VPC’s partnership, we can capitalise on what remains a fragmented and niche market that continues to be underserved.”

John Allbrook, the executive chairman and CEO of art loan provider Borro, speaking about the restructuring of the business as part of new investment from owner Victory Park Capital

“The coin was deep down, about 16 inches below the surface, and the soil there is thick clay so it took a bit of digging out. I spotted this glint of gold in the hole.”

Metal detectorist Michelle Vall on discovering the rare Richard III Half Angel near the Bosworth Field battlefield.

 “The reason my dad purchased the poster is because he loved horror films. He was drawn to the Bela Lugosi poster because it brought back childhood memories of seeing the film when it was first released.”

Arthur Mitchell, the son of Lt Col George J Mitchell who had owned an incredibly rare poster of the 1931 classic horror film ‘Dracula’ since the 1950s. Selling for a premium-inclusive $525,800 (£398,300) at Heritage Auctions, it set an all-time record for any movie poster.

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