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“The result of this final auction in the series of sales held at Christie’s following Mrs Thatcher’s death in 2013 illustrates the enduring interest in the United Kingdom’s longest serving 20th century prime minister.”

Adrian Hume-Sayer of Christie's at the conclusion of the third Margaret Thatcher sale.

“Is it a book that you would have lying around in your own house? Is it a book that you would wish your wife or your servants to read?”

We’ve used this quote before and we’ll use it again if the annotated copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, once owned by the judge who presided over its obscenity trial, is saved for the nation. This line was from the prosecution in court.

“It was quick and well organised, obviously by professional criminals. Sussex police were there within minutes of the perpetrators leaving…my sympathies go to the exhibitors affected.” 

“[It’s] an occupational hazard of the business we're in".

Fair organiser Ingrid Nilson of Antiques Dealers Fair Limited and dealer Emma Duveen, respectively, comment following the ram raid at Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair. The fair continued after a safe filled with dealers’ stock was stolen.

“I don’t think Harold and Mary ever threw anything away so it really was a time warp. From dinner place cards to letters, every piece had a story to tell.”

Jim Spencer of Hanson’s who catalogued the Harold and Mary Wilson auction over eight weeks.

“The area needs help and this will hopefully give it a much-needed boost.”

Dealer Chris Fuller who has launched a Sunday market in Peterborough.


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