Tony Pratt
The Canterbury Auction Galleries’ Tony Pratt.

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He passed away quietly at his home on June 11, the day of his 66th birthday. He had celebrated 30 years in the business in April.

Managing director Dave Parker said Tony’s death had stunned everyone who knew him. He said: “Tony was entirely dedicated to the business he took over in 1991 and in his memory, I and my fellow directors will continue to drive it forward in the manner Tony would have expected.”

The funeral will be private.

ATG note: a full tribute will appear in a later edition.