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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Winter wonderland – vintage skiing and skating poster selection at auction

24 December 2019

Christmas is around the corner and for some a spot of skiing or skating may be on the cards.

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British Museum is third time lucky to buy 1000-year-old seal matrix

23 December 2019

A rare Saxon walrus ivory seal matrix will go back on display in the British Museum – after the institution missed out on buying the object twice before.

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Walking cane once owned by controversial Titanic survivor comes to auction in Cornwall

23 December 2019

A walking cane once owned by Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon (1862-1931), a controversial Titanic survivor, is to be offered at auction in Cornwall.

British and Irish book auctions, January 1-30, 2020

23 December 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Games of genius and Uncle Sam

23 December 2019

Among the selection of instructional games and pastimes featured at Forum Auctions (25/12/12% buyer’s premium) on November 21 two of the more successful lots were published by Edward Wallis.

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New Olympic record breaker

23 December 2019

A copy of the 1892 Olympic Manifesto made an auction record for sports memorabilia when it was hammered down for $7.5m (£5.73m).

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M marks the Mauretania

23 December 2019

Holding for 22 years the Blue Riband for the fastest Atlantic crossing, the great Cunard liner RMS Mauretania is a magical name for collectors of maritime memorabilia.

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Pick of the week: Faraday iron filings create a magnetic pull on bidders

23 December 2019

Michael Faraday’s laboratory notebook from 1851 includes a series of diagrams illustrating what he called ‘magnetic lines of force’ – the magnetic field lines that are central to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.

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A true travel treasure trove

23 December 2019

Egypt views stand out among a selection also involving many other worldwide works

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Take a tour of 103 European cities

23 December 2019

Bid to £3000 at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) on November 20 was a rare and early game.

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Treen with the Trafalgar touch

23 December 2019

Tucked inside an18th century treen model of a ship’s hull is a historic note reading This was taken out of a writing bureau belonging to Lord Collingwood. I saw the bureau and know its history.

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Airfix D-Day advance to four figures

23 December 2019

A recent sale at C&T in Tunbridge Wells included an unexpected bid of £1700 (estimate £50-70) for three unopened Airfix models.

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Byron carves out card case role

23 December 2019

This Victorian mother-of-pearl and abalone shell card case is carved with a portrait of George Lord Byron, the most flamboyant and notorious of the major English Romantic poets.

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Medals make a fine lifesaving tribute

23 December 2019

A story of extraordinary peacetime gallantry of a Cumbrian seaman turned coalminer was at the heart of a group of medals, photographs and press cuttings offered at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) at Colchester on November 28.

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Teenage diary of 18th century stained glass craftsman bought by York University

20 December 2019

A 90-page journal kept by a 15-year-old boy has been purchased by the University of York for £3200 at auction.

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Star Wars memorabilia stars at auction: Five recent saleroom highlights

19 December 2019

Star Wars has always made money. Even with lacklustre reviews its newest instalment, released today, is likely to clean up at the box office this season. The memorabilia attached to the 42-year-old franchise is also enduringly popular, revolutionising the toy industry and remaining a subject of interest for many collectors.

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Colonial North America discoveries put Scottish saleroom on the map

16 December 2019

Two key early maps of colonial North America were offered for sale at Ramsay Cornish in Edinburgh on December 7.

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Marvellous ‘Windy City pedigree’ blows hot at Heritage

16 December 2019

Comics and comic artwork selling at a very high level were evident in a three-day sale held recently in Dallas.

British and Irish book auctions, December 17, 2019-January 30, 2020

16 December 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Super scientific lots in Chicago

16 December 2019

Darwin and Newton impress in US auction while Adam Smith brings wealthy sums.

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