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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Pugilist pioneers bid to punchy price at Dorset saleroom

23 September 2019

Daniel Mendoza is considered one of the first ‘modern’ boxers – one who helped elevate boxing to a sport rather than just two blokes beating each other up.

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Schotten's inspired offering in Burford

23 September 2019

Dealer Manfred Schotten “grew up skiing in Bavaria, started to play golf, was taken fly-fishing by friends and started noticing sporting antiques and memorabilia. This is when it really started.”

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A brief history of the written word

23 September 2019

From a 5000-year-old pictographic tablet to a 5th century bible leaf - a small but fascinating London auction.

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Council bids for Morton medal

23 September 2019

The first Olympic gold medal won by a British woman in an individual swimming event has been bought by her home town for public display.

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All Blacks Originals are fern favourites at Welsh saleroom

23 September 2019

Rugby is said to be akin to a religion in Wales and Cardiff saleroom Rogers Jones (18% buyer’s premium inc VAT) has scored impressively in recent years with related lots – such as the auction record for a shirt.

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Wolves legends through the years

23 September 2019

This 9ct Rolex Tudor wristwatch below was presented by the Northern Irish FA to forward Derek Dougan, known by his nickname ‘The Doog’.

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Preview: £2001-£10,000

23 September 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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The London Antique Arms Fair moves to RAF Museum for next staging

19 September 2019

The London Antique Arms Fair is moving out of central London to Hendon, north London for its 2020 staging.

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Ivory nutcrackers could become a museum piece

16 September 2019

Entered by a vendor who hated them, a pair of 6in (15.5cm) long 19th century nutcrackers reflected in their way two different aspects of auctioneering today: how smaller country firms see their future and what will happen to antique ivory items when most of the trade in them is banned.

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Mummy rises to a shock result in Exeter auction

16 September 2019

The second published work of the ‘flower book lady’ has no other auction appearance

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Choice first edition of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ carries high hopes at Hindman Auctions

16 September 2019

Hindman Auctions will be selling a Midwestern collector’s ensemble of rare books in an 85 lot auction in Chicago on November 5.

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Vintage Barbie bather swims into Denver sale

16 September 2019

High Fashion from the late 50s comes to Denver, Pennsylvania, in the form of this Barbie doll.

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Buyer has no fear of the unknown as pocket globe leads Exeter auction

16 September 2019

A pocket globe with some areas still a mystery leads a maritime auction at Exeter saleroom Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

British and Irish book auctions: September 17-October 4, 2019

16 September 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 17-October 4, 2019.

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Turin toy keeps on trucking at Runcorn auction

16 September 2019

A model example of trans-European trucking, this diecast van advertising a Swiss company was made in Italy and sold to a German buyer at the Runcorn rooms of British Toy Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

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Record reveals the Grim Reaper’s toll

16 September 2019

A final selection of works from the London summer sale of books from the Fox Pointe Manor library* includes a gruesome account of London’s ‘Great Plague’.

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Star Wars so wrong it’s right to buy

16 September 2019

Boosted by the ‘wrong therefore rare’ factor – so important in the world of collectables – a 1977 British quad film poster for the first Star Wars film took top billing in a 250-lot specialist sale at Ewbank’s (24% buyer’s premium).

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Early railway book steams into Bonhams sale

16 September 2019

How very different London’s Euston station looks in this coloured aquatint from a copy of Thomas Talbot Bury’s 'Six Coloured Views on the London and Birmingham Railway'.

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Coinex returns for five-star treatment

16 September 2019

Coinex, the British Numismatic Trade Association’s annual showpiece fair, returns on September 27-28.

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Differing Defoes in single sale

16 September 2019

Very different works by Daniel Defoe featured in an online summer sale in London: one famous, the other far removed in its subject matter and probably little known.

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