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“People tend to overlook clothes when valuing the contents of their homes. The pictures and artworks, the silver and the furniture that won’t sell they know about. But up in the attics there may be a wealth of clothes gathering dust which would have been extremely expensive to buy new two or three centuries ago and are worth a great deal of money today.”

Auctioneer Kerry Taylor following her recent Passion for Fashion sale.

“Although this piece is indeed a real Nobel Prize gold medal, Heritage Auctions has determined the award is not the one bestowed to Theodor Mommsen.”

Heritage AuctionsEric Bradley on a lot which was withdrawn after doubts were expressed over its authenticity as the ‘world’s oldest Nobel Prize’.

“The trade has long-established experience in the rigorous vetting for prestigious fairs. It should be possible to have confidence in identifying antique, worked ivory and certifying it for sale in licensed dealers and auction houses.”

Lord Carrington ahead of last week’s debate on the ivory trade. He was proposing a licensing system.

“Modern British sculpture is making extremely good money at the moment – it is a market moving as quickly, if not slightly quicker, than paintings.”

Philip Smith of Mallams following its two-day sale of Design, Modern British and Post-War Art in Oxford on December 7-8.

“I have literally spent all my life watching and learning from Jim.”

Dan Morphy of Morphy Auctions on James D Julia, founder of the eponymous auction house which he recently sold to Morphy.