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.

The National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

Plea to help track down stolen coins after machete-wielding thieves strike at Solihull fair

18 January 2022

A group of coins were stolen from the London & Midland Coin Fairs taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum earlier this month.

 The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom

Pick of the week: Whisky travelogue in demand at auction

17 January 2022

In the early 1880s Alfred Barnard, secretary of Harper’s Weekly Gazette (the magazine that morphed into today’s Harpers Wine & Spirit), decided to visit all distilleries in Scotland, England and Ireland.

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The death penny ‘issued in error’ to a deserter

17 January 2022

The ubiquitous First World War memorial plaques – the ‘death penny’ – need to have a posthumous recipient of note to sell for anything more than £50-100.

British and Irish book auctions: January 18-31, 2022

17 January 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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From Bond to a snuff box: the Gilbert collections

17 January 2022

Collections relating to leading British film director Lewis Gilbert (1920-2018) and his wife of 53 years Hylda (d.2005) provided very different lots for Billingshurst auction house Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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Curious but costly world view

17 January 2022

In Rodney Shirley’s monumental study of 'The Mapping of the World… 1472-1700', the very first entry is a simple, circular woodcut known as a ‘T-O’ map, one in which the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa are very simply shown as named segments.

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Story told of fables over the ages

17 January 2022

Original French text, translated by Caxton, then illustrated by 1930s engravings

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Pin cushions with animal attractions tempt buyers

17 January 2022

Appealing to a range of different types of collectors, Victorian and Edwardian animals pin cushions have their own niche in the novelty silver field.

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Michael Collins’ gift for barman who kept his cool

17 January 2022

This late 19th century walking cane with sturdy ebonised shaft and silver-plated handle comes with a letter of provenance stating that it had been a gift from Irish revolutionary soldier and politician Michael Collins (1890-1922) to Patrick Baker, head barman at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin.

Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy ballgown

The Givenchy ballgown that Hepburn dazzled in

15 January 2022

Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy ballgown as worn in the 1957 film 'Love In The Afternoon' was the star of the December 7 sale at London fashion specialist Kerry Taylor (25% buyer’s premium).

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Go on Amber

15 January 2022

There will be no shortage of international travel destinations featured in Potter & Potter’s next vintage posters auction in Chicago.

Sir Michael Caine and Lady Shakira Caine.

Not a Lot of People Know That: Sir Michael Caine auction comes to Bonhams

12 January 2022

A Rolex wristwatch, spectacles, a director’s chair, film posters and artwork owned by Sir Michael Caine are among the items to be offered at Bonhams.

Books and works on paper auction calendar, January 11-31, 2022

10 January 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Finding the right combination in Dorset

10 January 2022

Brass and steel ‘combination’ or ‘puzzle’ boxes enjoyed a vogue in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

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Pick of the week: Berry map rarity takes pole position

10 January 2022

Relatively few English mapmakers came to the fore in the 17th century at a time when Dutch cartographers were well ahead of the competition.

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Time to launch the haggis!

10 January 2022

In a world in which American superhero comics featuring Superman, Batman and other characters regularly sell for substantial six and seven-figure sums, it is really quite refreshing to be reminded of more modestly priced British rarities.

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Worlds of difference in a saleroom

10 January 2022

Two very different lots from a November 10 sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) are noted here.

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Star Wars, Indian version

10 January 2022

Among the unexpected performers at the Prop Store’s (25% buyer’s premium) entertainment memorabilia sale was a single-sheet Star Wars poster.

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German toys star but US money bank tops sale

10 January 2022

An early Märklin Central Station dating from c.1901-10 and made for the English market was one of the top-sellers in the large autumn toys sale held by Bertoia (20% buyer’s premium).

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Remembering Eric Hosking

10 January 2022

The undoubted star of the November 24 sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) was the early 15th century folding almanac, or girdle book, that took £95,000.

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