When I call Matthew Partridge, he is standing at the side of the road waiting for a Stuttaford Van Lines truck.

Partridge is a contemporary art specialist with auctioneers Strauss & Co, a role that allows him to apply his expertise to an astonishing array of art works; but it also has a less glamorous side, which involves packing and unpacking boxes, managing deliveries and collections, and explaining the finer points of catalogue auctions and online sales to ignoramus arts writers. ..

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