Collectables

The term ‘collectables’ (or collectibles) encompasses a vast range of items in fields as diverse as arms, armour and militaria, bank notes, cameras, coins, entertainment and sporting memorabilia, stamps, taxidermy, wines and writing equipment.

Some collectables are antiques, others are classed as retro, vintage or curios but all are of value to the collector. In any of these fields, buyers seek out rarities and items with specific associations.

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Pick of the week: Institutions flock to Cheltenham sale for Maria Edgeworth archive

17 February 2020

Two institutions dominated bidding for the notebooks and correspondence of a significant Regency period female author at the Cotswold Auction Company in Cheltenham last week.

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Original movie poster designs are drawing in buyers

17 February 2020

Unique artwork created to feature on film posters is proving to be a strong aspect of the popular entertainment collecting field.

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Entertainment memorabilia previews from the Fab Four in New York to James Bond in London

17 February 2020

A selection of upcoming entertainment lots at auctions ranging from the Fab Four in New York to James Bond in London and Tommy Cooper in Stockport.

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Posters lead the way on road to music stardom

17 February 2020

Concert posters from the earliest days of bands that later became famous are particulary sought-after at auction. Leading this selection from recent sales is a five-figure example from 1964 which promotes one of the first Rolling Stones tour performances, but many others are available at a lower price range announcing appearances at venues with evocative names such as Bridlington Spa Hall, Basildon Locarno Ballroom and Barnston Women’s Institute.

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Cardiff City cup memories

17 February 2020

When buying back their heritage, Cardiff City FC and supporters may not be in the same financial league as Manchester United, but they were a welcome factor at Lockdales (19.5% buyer’s premium).

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Fishy Pelham footman puppet pulls the strings at Hansons

17 February 2020

The Fish Footman puppet is among the most sought after of the entire back catalogue of Pelham Puppets.

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Headlamps go for glamour at West Sussex sale

17 February 2020

According to patent documents dated February 1928, Woodlite headlamps invented by a William G Woods of Los Angeles were said to give the driver better illumination of distant objects ahead.

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Gripping money-makers beyond Bond and Star Wars

17 February 2020

Not all the posters making four figures at auction fall into the usual Star Wars/James Bond/Hammer/early horror bracket.

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Moving promotion as automaton advertising panels head to auction

17 February 2020

A collection of automaton advertising panels formed by two dedicated enthusiasts over a 20-year period will go under the hammer on March 12 at Drouot in Paris in a sale mounted by Auction Art Rémy le Fur.

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ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA: Poster artwork is star attraction

17 February 2020

The market for both film and music posters is booming but original artwork for such designs can also be a very collectable option for buyers.

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Byron bit back at a vampire fib

17 February 2020

Publisher tried to link book to the poet to boost sales but a revised version was issued instead

British and Irish book auctions: February 18-March 4, 2020

17 February 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Cut-outs sharp at two auctions

17 February 2020

Sold for £4600 in a February 6 sale held in the Chichester salerooms of Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) was an album of cut-paper work produced by Elizabeth Cobbold c.1810-20.

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Selection of playing cards to suit all buyers

17 February 2020

Star turn among some 120 lots of playing cards offered as part of a Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) sale was the last to be offered. A complete set of Charles Hodges’ Astronomical Playing Cards, it sold online for £3000.

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Armour from Susquehanna collection draws international demand to Pennsylvania sale

17 February 2020

A 16th century composite suit of armour that had been assembled by a specialist curator in this field at the Metropolitan Museum of Art proved to be the toast of a sale held by Morphy.

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‘High crimes and misdemeanors’ – Rare copy of first US impeachment resolution offered at Bonhams

14 February 2020

An original copy of the first impeachment resolution against US president Andrew Johnson has emerged at auction.

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Pick of the week: Bidder rides off with a £56,000 Ottoman saddle at Edinburgh auction

10 February 2020

The arts of the Ottoman court are performing strongly in the marketplace. The unexpected highlight of Lyon & Turnbull’s Five Centuries auction in Edinburgh on February 5 was an Ottoman saddle.

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French celebration of the US at latest The Winter Show

10 February 2020

Across the pond in New York, the trade kicked off the year with the major international fair The Winter Show.

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Foiled royal kidnap hero’s George Medal for sale

10 February 2020

The George Medal awarded to a brave boxer who stepped in to foil a kidnap attempt on Princess Anne is up for auction at Dix Noonan Webb in London with an estimate of £15,000-20,000 on March 4-5.

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Astronomical texts and fantastic worlds of fairies

10 February 2020

Two very different lots helped Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) to boost its first major sale of the year.

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