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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Fabled Una and the Lion proof set returns to auction

21 September 2020

A celebrated Una and the Lion proof set minted in the first year of Queen Victoria’s reign returns to auction next month.

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Market proof: Queen Anne five guineas piece from 1705 sells for £220,000 at Spink

21 September 2020

Choice specimens of the rarest English coins are reaching new financial territory.

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Pick of the week: The Stobwasser box that was up to snuff

21 September 2020

Economic stimulus packages are not a new phenomenon. Georg Siegmund Stobwasser (1717-76) was among the many craftsmen attracted to the Brunswick by the special privileges granted them in the city by Duke Karl I (1713-80) in the wake of the Seven Years’ War.

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Early English sea atlas among real sales at ‘virtual’ book fair

21 September 2020

An English translation of a Dutch 16th century sea atlas was among the standout sales at the recent online edition of Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair.

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Church dance helped the Beatles to come together

21 September 2020

A Beatles-themed sale held by Cato Crane (28% buyer’s premium) in Liverpool last month included architectural souvenirs from St Peter’s Church in Woolton.

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Maintaining a gold standard: Coins market focus

21 September 2020

Coinex, the traditional autumn focus for the numismatic world, is cancelled this year.

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Dalmations spotted as Dodie Smith books bring demand

21 September 2020

Inscribed copies of the works of Dodie Smith were among the attractions of a summer sale held by Stride & Son (18% buyer’s premium) of Chichester.

British and Irish book auctions: September 22-October 9, 2020

21 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 22-October 9, 2020.

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Iraq veteran’s Military Cross sells for £36,000

21 September 2020

A Military Cross group awarded to a soldier who carried a fallen comrade through fierce gunfire in Iraq sold at £36,000 (plus 20% buyer ’s premium) in Macclesfield on September 11.

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Dickens and Dostoevsky lots attract bids at PBA Galleries sale

21 September 2020

Plenty of Dickensian lots were on offer in a sale held by US saleroom PBA Galleries (20/15% buyer’s premium).

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Sotheby's sells huge set of Egypt volumes housed in a cabinet was once owned by the King of France

21 September 2020

Stand-out lot in a travel, map and natural history sale held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) was a grand and elaborately cased set of the monumental 'Description de l’Egypte' of 1809-22.

Stolen rare books

Stolen collection of antiquarian books worth £2.5m recovered from underground store in Romania

19 September 2020

A collection of rare books valued at more than £2.5m and stolen from a London warehouse in 2017 has been recovered in Romania.

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Military Cross awarded to Iraq war hero sells at Adam Partridge

18 September 2020

Military medals from recent conflicts continue to attract great interest at auction, even if it is a great shame that veterans from these wars have to sell their medals during their own lifetime.

John Gould's Birds of Great Britain

Complete set of Gould’s Birds of Britain stars in our pick of five auction highlights this week

18 September 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare complete set of John Gould’s ‘Birds of Britain’ that doubled estimate in Gloucestershire.

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Toy specialist Aston’s to hold its last auction

14 September 2020

Aston’s Auctioneers & Valuers in Dudley is to close and its final sale – a sci-fi toy collection – will be held next month.

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Pick of the Week: Browning family archive sells in Somerset

14 September 2020

A cache of material related to the influential Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) and her family sold for close to £50,000 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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An early television transmitter and a Mouseman cupboard are among the six lots to watch at auction this week

14 September 2020

With estimates from £200-15,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

British and Irish book auctions: September 15-26, 2020

14 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 15-26, 2020.

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Warrant appointing Napoleon’s ‘hideous’ jailer on St Helena returns to Sotheby's

14 September 2020

Napoleon’s view after first meeting on St Helena did not improve on closer acquaintance

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Fair ready for take-off in Petersfield

14 September 2020

Sara Hughes is delighted that her Vintage, Antiques and Militaria Fair at Petersfield’s Festival Hall is finally going ahead on Sunday, September 27, with 50 dealers.

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