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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Walk this way for collectables

22 February 2021

With all 80 lots getting away – 79 to a single UK collector – a group of walking sticks totalled more than £40,000 at Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium).

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George Cross record broken again by London saleroom

22 February 2021

The world record for a George Cross has been broken by a medal awarded to a courageous British soldier who died in captivity during the Korean War.

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Pick of the week: ‘Greatest enemy of the East African slave trade’

22 February 2021

The handwritten journal of Colonel Christopher Rigby, recording his success in securing freedom for thousands of slaves in east Africa, was the highlight of a collection of his papers sold in London.

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‘Bible that Charles I carried to the block’

22 February 2021

Bible sold for £160,000 at auction is reputed to be that taken by Charles I to his execution in 1649

Perry claims Florida and takes on slavers before his Japanese fame

22 February 2021

A naval logbook kept by Matthew Perry offered in New York covered a very eventful period in this distinguished mariner’s career.

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Coats of arms guide makes £4200

22 February 2021

A manuscript volume sold for £4200 was the main attraction of a sale held by Crow’s (22% buyer’s premium) of Dorking.

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Captain America socks it to Hitler

22 February 2021

A copy of the very first issue of Captain America soared to £320,000 (£235,640) at Heritage Auctions.

British and Irish book auctions: February 23-March 11, 2021

22 February 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

Evening slippers and a brandy balloon

Winston Churchill’s evening slippers and brandy glass come to auction in Sussex

17 February 2021

Velvet evening slippers and a brandy glass once belonging to Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) are coming to auction at Bellmans in Sussex.

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Coins and medals ‘up 15-20%’ during £53m year for London’s salerooms

15 February 2021

Despite the near absence of face-to-face trading, 2020 was a record year for London’s coins and medals auction houses with combined total sales just shy of £53m.

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Miniature powers up to £1.2m

15 February 2021

Work produced in Brussels in the 1530s by a master of illumination soars way over estimate in Sotheby's London auction

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Olympic torch could burn bright in Brittany

15 February 2021

A sale to be held by Jack-Philippe Ruellan in Vannes in Brittany will feature this Olympic torch from the 10th Winter Olympics held in Grenoble in 1968.

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Coins & medals: Virtual trade leads to 'renaissance' in lockdown

15 February 2021

In the absence of face-to-face contact, 2020 was a difficult year for the numismatics market as a whole... but the auction business found a way to thrive.

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Detecting an Iron Age record

15 February 2021

Showing that not all the best UK numismatic action takes place in London, the first known gold coin of Caratacus – unearthed by a metal detectorist a year earlier in a Berkshire field – sold at auction for a record £71,000 an auction in Norwich.

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‘Signature’ Stobwasser snuff box at £11,000

15 February 2021

Georg Siegmund Stobwasser (1717-76) and his son Johann Heinrich (1740-1829) were among many craftsmen who moved to Brunswick during the Seven Years’ War.

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Holy order at £25,000

15 February 2021

Though incomplete and in a decorative 19th century binding, a very desirable early Bible impressed at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium).

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Pioneering sea atlas sails to a new high

15 February 2021

Sold for a record €260,000 (£234,235) in Hamburg was a copy of Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer’s Speculum nauticum super navigatione maris occidentalis…

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Les Hymnes sing out in the Barbier-Muller collection

15 February 2021

On March 23 Christie’s France, in association with booksellers Jacques Quentin (Geneva) and Benoît Forgeot (Paris), will offer the first part of the poetic library of Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller.

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Air Vice-Marshal's medal group flies high at Spink

15 February 2021

Among the highlights of the year at Spink was a group of 17 medals awarded to Air Vice-Marshal Sir Matthew Brown ‘Bunty’ Frew (1895-1974).

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An Indian Mutiny double Morton & Eden

15 February 2021

The Medals, Orders and Decorations sale at Morton & Eden in November featured two Victoria Crosses awarded during the Indian Mutiny. They sold to the same buyer for a combined hammer price of £300,000.

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