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.

British and Irish book auctions: June 16-26, 2020

15 June 2020

Our regular listing of books and works on paper auctions the UK and Ireland.

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Flog It! presenter and dealer Paul Martin teams up with auction house for NHS charity auction

13 June 2020

Former Flog It! presenter and dealer Paul Martin and auction house Dawsons have launched an auction to raise funds for NHS charities.

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Trembling, rising and hurling in Irish auction

08 June 2020

Literary lots in a recent Irish sale included one of a thousand signed copies of the 1922, limited-edition issue of 'The Trembling of the Veil', one of William Butler Yeats’ autobiographical works.

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Fans for staying cool in the social sense

08 June 2020

Keeping cool was just one of the many uses of the Georgian and Victorian fan.

British and Irish book auctions: June 9-20, 2020

08 June 2020

Our regular listing of books and works on paper auctions the UK and Ireland.

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Avengers venture out for a debut

08 June 2020

Long run of the comics includes very first issue introducing The Hulk, Iron Man et al

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A detailed look at microscopes and much more

08 June 2020

Fine examples lead an array of scientific instruments and photographica at specialist sale

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Rare phonograph ready to play in Cologne sale

08 June 2020

The Parisian clockmaker Henri Lioret (1848-1938) entered the market for ‘talking machines’ in an unconventional fashion – his first patented device of 1893 was a talking doll.

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Chad Valley toy rises to the saleroom challenge

08 June 2020

The Chad Valley tinplate toy 'The Climbing Miller' is based closely on an earlier ‘gravity’ toy called 'Gustav the Busy Miller' that was one of Lehmann’s most popular issues made for close to 50 years in the pre-war era.

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Galleries go Down Town for selection of New York views

08 June 2020

A sizeable collection of 18th and 19th century New York views, maps and maritime prints belonging to the Down Town Association, an historic private club located in Manhattan’s financial district, was the focus of a sale held by Arader Galleries (20% buyer’s premium).

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First editions of poetry books including collections by WB Yeats and Philip Larkin sold at Forum

08 June 2020

Bid way over estimate to sell at £1400 in a recent online sale was a 1912, Cuala Press first of WB Yeats’ 'The Green Helmet and other Poems'.

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Auction house Spink helps Captain Tom remount medal collection

06 June 2020

Captain Tom’s full medal set has been remounted and re-presented to him following work by auction house Spink.

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Collection from Portobello Road market trader comes to Berkshire auction

03 June 2020

The house contents of Portobello Road market stalwart Joan Dunk (1930-2019) is to be sold in Newbury next week.

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Mary Queen of Scots' prayer book comes to auction in London

02 June 2020

A prayer book that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87) will be offered at auction during Christie’s Classic Week of sales.

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Dealers Online: 23 books, maps and works on paper available from dealers' websites

01 June 2020

Our selection of books, maps and works on paper available to view and buy from dealers online.

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ATG letter: Supplement demonstrates book trade coping in crisis

01 June 2020

MADAM – Congratulations on the Books, Maps & Prints 2020 supplement in last week’s ATG.

British and Irish book auctions: June 2-20, 2020

01 June 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions (online only at present because of the Covid-19 alert).

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Doing the bidding maths remotely

01 June 2020

Rare work on absolute geometry among highlights of mammoth German ‘lockdown’ sale

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One hundred vintage sewing machines offered at Canadian auction

01 June 2020

One of the key features of an online only sale held by Miller & Miller Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) in New Hamburg, Ontario, was a collection of around 100 vintage sewing machines assembled by Karl Koenig.

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Pick of the week: Dinky cars made up of parts in South Africa add up to £6500 result

01 June 2020

South Africa leaving the Commonwealth in 1961 had serious consequences for British exporters – particularly when withdrawal was followed by imposition of an import tax on luxury goods.

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