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.

Lyell notebooks

Notebooks of Charles Darwin’s mentor blocked from export by government in hope of finding UK buyer

18 April 2019

The notebooks of Charles Darwin’s mentor, the Scottish geologist Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875), have been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

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Pick of the week: Fierce bidding at Bellmans for panoramic view of London showing the city reimagined after the 1666 Great Fire

15 April 2019

A very rare panorama of 17th century London depicting the city skyline in the wake of the Great Fire of 1666 has sold at auction for £90,000.

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Example of Auguste Adolphe Bertsch first sub-miniature camera offered at Flints Auctions

15 April 2019

In an age of cumbersome large photographical apparatus, the race was on in the mid-19th century to produce practical small, easily portable cameras.

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18th century harpsichord is the key lot at Bath auction

15 April 2019

With a documented provenance and inscribed by the maker Sébastien Garnier, Paris, 1747, a two-manual harpsichord was the top performer at the latest musical instruments sale held by Corsham, Bath, specialist Gardiner Houlgate (20% buyer’s premium).

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Wigan Pier on the road to saleroom courtesy of a Wigan consigner

15 April 2019

Two first-edition versions of George Orwell’s 'The Road to Wigan Pier', the first part of which is an investigation into the working-class living conditions in Lancashire, Yorkshire and the industrial north, were published in 1937.

Photographica 2019 is destination event for collectors

15 April 2019

Photographica 2019 is a destination for collectors of classic cameras. The fair hosts up to 135 tables for buying, selling and swapping classic and antique cameras from across the country.

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Gandolfi rarity among lots at Special Auction Services spring camera sale

15 April 2019

Special Auction Services regularly holds sales of photographic equipment cameras and photographs in its Newbury rooms.

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Volumes from voyage on HMS Challenger sold at Dominic Winter

15 April 2019

Running to 50 volumes in all, the official report on 'The Scientific Results of the Voyage of HMS Challenger during the years 1873-76 in Atlantic, Pacific and Antarctic seas' took some 23 years to complete.

British and Irish book auctions: April 16-27, 2019

15 April 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from April 16-27, 2019.

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Early Bausch and Lomb camera bid to £2400 at Southgate Auction Rooms

15 April 2019

Zooming to a rather higher than predicted result in a collectables auction held earlier this month by Southgate Auction Rooms (20% buyer’s premium) was this camera and slides.

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Medieval Jewish Haggadah manuscript on offer at New York gallery

15 April 2019

For the first time in more than 100 years the Lombard Haggadah, a medieval Jewish text with unique illustrations, is on public display at the New York gallery of Les Enluminures.

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Single-owner collection devoted to modern first editions includes 1937 copy of The Hobbit

15 April 2019

Devoted wholly to modern firsts, a recent online sale presented the first selection of a single-owner collection – the second portion of which will be sold later in the year.

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William Lewin's extraordinary birds guide leads Leyburn auction

15 April 2019

An incomplete set of that remarkable ornithological work, William Lewin’s 'Birds of Great Britain', was the most expensive lot in a recent Yorkshire sale.

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Books keep Bonhams busy in New York

15 April 2019

The early weeks of March proved a particularly busy time for one saleroom in the US. As well as sales featuring the medical and scientific collections of W Bruce Fye, reported in ATG No 2386, Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/13.9%) also sold the seventh instalment of Eric Caren’s How History Unfolds on Paper collection online, and in itsMadison Avenue rooms offered Extraordinary Books & Manuscripts.

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Vintage cameras and equipment snapped up by eager bidders at French auction

15 April 2019

A double helping of vintage cameras and photographic equipment was recently staged at Chartres by the Ivoire group Lelièvre, Pascal, Maiche, Paris (20% buyer’s premium).

Book of Hours

Valuable books missing since Second World War restored to Bonn library after being consigned to Sotheby’s

12 April 2019

Six-hundred rare books, manuscripts and prints which were lost or stolen from a German library during the Second World War have been returned after they were consigned to Sotheby’s.

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WH Smith archive of rare maps and signs heads to auction in Gloucestershire

12 April 2019

A rare map of Britain and lettering for signage painted by artist Eric Gill (1882-1940) are among the lots coming up at auction from a WH Smith archive.

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ILAB and ABAA launch book provenance symposium in New York

12 April 2019

As provenance requirements for the material institutions buy becomes increasingly strict, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) has launched a symposium in New York.

Harold Wilson

Collection from the “extraordinary life” of Harold Wilson and his wife Mary comes to auction in Staffordshire

12 April 2019

Harold Wilson (1916-95) was Britain’s prime minister not once, but twice and was the man who offered Britain its first referendum on membership of the then European Community and the Common Market.

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Actor, writer and rare book collector Stephen Fry reveals he will open ABA’s rare book fair Firsts

11 April 2019

Actor and writer Stephen Fry will open Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair, the annual event from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA).

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