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“Pink stones seem to be everyone’s favourite at the moment, and this was an exceptional set – still intact and in its original case.”

Specialist Miranda Bingham on the sale of a Victorian pink topaz parure at £13,500 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

“We had our best start of any fair we’ve done in the US, and sales continued to be strong over the next few days.”

Martin Clist, director at Charles Ede, on TEFAF New York Fall at the Park Avenue Armory (October 28-November 1).

“This was like reversing plastic surgery to reveal lost history. Seeing the scar emerge was a remarkable moment – Nelson the human replaced the more heroic projection.”

Philip Mould on the restoration of a rediscovered portrait of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson KB (1758-1805) by Leonardo Guzzardi (active 1798-1800).

“Recent discussions at Westminster suggested protecting our designated areas of artistic/cultural distinction from future development. I think this policy can’t come soon enough. Sadly, for me, it is probably too late.”

David Humphrey of Humphrey-Carrasco, one of the tenants effected by landlord Grosvenor’s redevelopment plan near Pimlico Road.

“The aim of spreading the sales over time is to avoid saturating the market, in the interest of the sellers.”

Auction house Aguttes on its plan to sell the collection of the now bankrupt Aristophil investment scheme. Manuscripts will be auctioned over a six-year period across 300 auctions.