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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Olympic gold medal for Great Britain footballer a winner at auction

21 June 2024

Purnell was one of Great Britain’s few Olympic football players and one of a smaller pool of gold medal winners

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Saxon gold sword pommel and Nobby the Celtic fertility figure metal detecting finds impress at auction

21 June 2024

Metal detecting finds often prove valuable both in terms of heritage and a healthy sum at auction.

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Classic Antique Fairs makes welcome return

20 June 2024

Classic Antique Fairs is gearing up for its first event of the year, running from July 12-14 at the NEC Birmingham.

Willy Wonka golden ticket

Lucky bidder gets Willy Wonka golden ticket

19 June 2024

The production-made ticket is among other television and film auction highlights at Bonhams

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Meteorites archive soars over estimate at Carlisle auction

17 June 2024

Thomson Roddick Callan of Carlisle held a 270-lot sale of Antiquarian & Collectable Books and Related Items on June 6.

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Aquitania luxury liner lots steam into sale to satisfy a US buyer

17 June 2024

At the same time as a naval arms race was taking place in the years just before the First World War another maritime competition developed in the shape of liners.

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New chapter for Bath book event

17 June 2024

Annual fair held at the city’s Assembly Rooms since 1986 starts afresh in Pavilion venue this July

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Expert’s book puts readers in the picture

17 June 2024

Dealer Paul Frecker’s new book examines the rise of the carte de visite and its enduring cultural legacy.

Books and works on paper auction calendar: June 19-July 5, 2024

17 June 2024

Our regular update of UK and Irish books and works on paper sales

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Women make their voices heard in early documents

17 June 2024

Two early documents featuring female authors are among the highlights in a wide-ranging sale selection

Eric Clapton guitar

Guitars used for 1970s classics a hit at auction

14 June 2024

Eric Clapton’s 'Wonderful Tonight' and Ian Bairnson’s 'Wuthering Heights' guitars sell at separate sales

‘Clarissa’ the record breaking carp

Famous 44lb carp dubbed ‘Clarissa’ emerges for sale

13 June 2024

For collectors of cased fish, it doesn’t come much better than this.

Michelin Guide 1939

Multiple bidders compete for 1939 Michelin Guide used by D-Day forces

12 June 2024

The Ivoire Clermont-Ferrand auction house in France has organised themed auctions based around the famous Michelin Guide for 25 years with its specialist Pierre Gabriel Gonzalès.

Casino Royale first edition

Car boot find: Casino Royale first edition bought for £1 now pitched at five-figure sum

11 June 2024

Bought at a car boot sale for the princely sum of £1, a 1953 first edition, first impression copy of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel 'Casino Royale', in its original dust jacket, is coming to auction with a guide of £10,000-15,000.

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Make a racket about a super collection of tennis posters

10 June 2024

Extensive collection on tennis theme inlcudes early Wimbledon designs and Broders view of Monte Carlo

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ATG letter: Armorial badges puzzler

10 June 2024

I am trying to find out the source of 15 what, I believe, are armorial badges which have been attached to a board.

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Alfred Jewel made a millennium afterwards points to four figure result

10 June 2024

The Alfred Jewel is a famous piece of Anglo-Saxon goldsmith craftmanship, a gold-mounted piece of rock crystal enamelled with a portrait of a man and the inscription translating as ‘Alfred ordered me to be made’.

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Harper Lee classic comes with a Christmas card from the author

10 June 2024

Not only is this 1960 first edition of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' inscribed by Harper Lee to her friend Harold Caufield, but it was sold with a Christmas card from the author penned with a lengthy message.

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Pick of the week: Chess set bidders make their moves

10 June 2024

It was on March 1, 1849 that Nathaniel Cook, the editor of the Illustrated London News, registered the design that would provide the ancient and cosmopolitan game of chess with its first standardised set.

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Get the siege mentality with unusual banknotes on offer

10 June 2024

“Siege notes are a niche but popular subsidiary of military banknote collecting,” says Andrew Pattison, head of the Banknotes Department at Noonans (24% buyer’s premium).

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