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Going, going… and definitely gone

Final CSK sale brings a packed room, an auctioneer in frock coat and a whiff of nostalgia

At just after 10am on July 19, William Porter – the first of four carefully chosen auctioneers – climbed the rostrum to a ripple of applause from an audience of two dozen staff and a dozen or so buyers. “Ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Christie’s South Kensington and welcome to the Interiors sale.” Long pause. “For the last time,” he said. “Boo,” heckled a voice from the front.

And that was pretty much it. After 42 years, and a few saleroom notices alerting potential buyers of the need to collect before the doors finally closed on July 29, the last-ever sale at CSK was under way.

With no respect for the occasion, the first lot of the day – a 3ft (90cm) high bourgogne marble wall fountain – only just squeaked away. Porter, who began his career at CSK before becoming head of the Modern British picture department at King Street, was relieved to take a solitary bid of £1100 (estimate £1500-2000). “Phew. It’s not going to BI,” he quipped.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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