The heyday of the AES as far as collectors were concerned was in the 1970s/1980s, for any collector attending it was a mouth watering experience and like bees to a honeypot, many including myself were drawn to the amazing stalls of Paul Smart and many others, Kevin Bacon also springs to mind.
Peter - I think you mean Bill Bacon, Kevin is an American actor, recently better known over here for his phone ads!
Also I think there a very few people going there who are actually collectors, most people just want to look round or want something pretty to put on the wall. I was surrounded by tables selling "creepy-crawlies" and they seemed to be very busy.
On this side of the Atlantic, we call this "Dumbing Down of America"- McDonalds is fine, and no interest in the finer things, be they exotic tropical fish, firearms, butterflies, autos, etc. Can't say I'm happy to see it's on that side now too.
Peter, do you know who the owner was of the Colotis drawer? Is there a way to contact him?
Also, who owned the Actias drawer? Any contact possible there?
I believe Michael Carr had the Actias drawer, I believe from my plan of the event Paul Holt had the Colotis drawer on his splendid African tables, but mcheki could confirm as he was talking to the vendor. I will PM you their emails.