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“I am delighted with the news. This has been a David versus Goliath battle which has been a huge and costly distraction that has lasted almost four years.”

Simon Franses, director of Franses, on its court victory against its landlord, The Cavendish Hotel, which allows it to continue operating from the London gallery which has been its home for 25 years.

“You’re face to face with customers at a fair like this, and you don’t get that online.”

Kath Rushton of Kath’s & Teeks Jewellery and Collectables on exhibiting at IACF Fairs. She spoke from IACF Ally Pally.

“I say good luck to Hugh. There are no hard feelings. But he has huge boots to fill. If I had to choose one person to replace me it would have been Charlie Ross. He is the best and knows his cricket.” 

Richard ‘The Hammerman’ Madley on Hugh Edmeades who has been named the new auctioneer for the Indian Premier League.  

“Taking in highlights such as Jerusalem, the pyramids, and the Red Sea, and in Sri Lanka banyan trees and a tiger hunt, the panorama is full of details which bring to life both west and east as seen through the eyes of a Victorian traveller.”

Richard Lowkes, Sotheby’s 19th century European paintings specialist, on the upcoming sale of a 50m c.1860 panorama London to Hong Kong in Two Hours.

“While it is sad to see the restaurant close, our priority is to focus on our core business of auctioneering.”

Bonhams global chief executive Matthew Girling on the closure of the its Michelin-starred New Bond Street restaurant.