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.

Napoleon

Remembering Napoleon 200 years after his death as demand rises for relics

10 May 2021

The bicentenary of Napoléon Bonaparte's death boosts demand for relics

Pom Harrington

‘There are more book buyers out there than we realised’

10 May 2021

ATG interviews the new Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association president Pom Harrington

International book auctions

10 May 2021

A list of upcoming international books auctions.

 Jeremy Cooper's novel, Bolt from the Blue

Ex-dealer now author writes about the young at art

10 May 2021

Retired antiques dealer, broadcaster and author Jeremy Cooper has published his latest novel, 'Bolt from the Blue' (Fitzcarraldo Editions. RRP £12.99).

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The mapping of geopolitics

10 May 2021

A brief history of maps designed to communicate ideas over geographical accuracy

UK and Irish book auctions

10 May 2021

This is a selection of specialist auctions. Dates are subject to change as are the conditions under which the auction may be held. Readers should check with the auction house for further details.

Local maps

A fair to make Brighton rock

10 May 2021

Organiser tells ATG why the south-coast city is a great place for a new PBFA event

UK books fairs

10 May 2021

The return of fairs as lockdown restrictions have eased has been a welcome boost for dealers, event organisers and buyers.

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Upcoming books, maps and prints highlights for summer 2021

10 May 2021

A selection of upcoming books, maps and prints at auctions around the UK and overseas.

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Roald Dahl: ‘Never shelter children from the world’

10 May 2021

The Library Auction at Hansons (Bishton Hall, Staffordshire) on June 15 includes this autograph letter by Roald Dahl.

International book fairs

10 May 2021

This calendar lists a selection of forthcoming specialist fairs and markets around the world.

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Pioneers of rugby and football: Sporting dynasty's collection sold in Cardiff auction

10 May 2021

Remarkable Birkett family archive sold at Rogers Jones auction reflected the earliest days of organised sport.

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Collecting the book as art

10 May 2021

How the livre d’artiste can combine words and images beautifully – and be highly desirable

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Warhol’s cat colleagues

10 May 2021

Warhol rarity sold in New York auction has feline theme

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Unique piece of the action

10 May 2021

How letters related to wars bring a connection that history books cannot match

British and Irish book auctions: May 11-29, 2021

10 May 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Music box plays a big £27,000 part in auction

10 May 2021

John Gresham was a third-generation member of a wealthy Hull timber-importing family.

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Napoleon’s letter giving orders to invade of England sold at Sotheby's

10 May 2021

In the bicentenary year of his death, relics connected to Napoleon will inevitably catch the eye.

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Pail sale: more from 'Breadboard Annie' Marchant kitchenalia collection

10 May 2021

The Annie Marchant (‘Breadboard Annie’) collection of domestic and country antiques offered in Kent on April 12-13 produced many strong prices.

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Draft of letter at Philadelphia auction shows Churchill’s dilemma over JFK offer

10 May 2021

This typewritten draft of a letter from President Kennedy to Winston Churchill, with annotated amendments by JFK, will feature in the auction of Books and Manuscripts to be held by Freeman’s in Philadelphia on May 20.

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