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.

Bristol University to buy judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' from famous obscenity trial

02 October 2019

Fundraising led by writers’ association English PEN has helped save for the nation the judge’s annotated copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover'.

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Conan Doyle-designed portable desk for sale from furniture maker Timothy Oulton

30 September 2019

Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was so keen to be able to work while he travelled that in 1925 he commissioned a case maker to create the bespoke trunk that could turn into a writing desk.

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‘Mother of all Philippine maps’ sells in Essex auction

30 September 2019

The first tranche of a private collection of predominantly Far Eastern maps and charts sold for more than £500,000 at Reeman Dansie and included a house record.

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Fry's advertising sign sold for £5500 at Lindsay Burns auction

30 September 2019

Just a little less famous than Fry’s 'Five Boys' image is the illustration by Tom Browne of a multi-class group outside a sweetshop with the line from 'Troilus and Cressida: One touch of Nature makes the whole World kin'.

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Diverse lots come together for auction selection in West Sussex

30 September 2019

Variety was certainly in evidence in a West Sussex sale, where the teenage journal of a young stained-glass maker, two broadside ballads and an illustrated dummy for 'Down with Skool!' all brought much higher than predicted bids.

Buyer makes Suffrage choice

30 September 2019

Bearing a modest estimate of £50-75 but sold instead at £800 by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (23% buyer’s premium) on September 4 was a copy of 'Women’s Suffrage: a Short History of a Great Movement' (1912) by that renowned campaigner for women’s political rights, Millicent Garrett Fawcett.

British and Irish book auctions: October 1-15, 2019

30 September 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Isaac Newton notes off to great start

30 September 2019

It is the practice of one US saleroom to publish what are called ‘starting bids’ rather than an estimate range in its catalogues.

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TS Eliot’s cats climb to £4300 sale result

30 September 2019

Signed by its author to the title-page, a 1939 first of TS Eliot’s 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats' sold for £4300 in a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Monty Python, Star Wars, Star Trek, Gladiator and Willy Wonka among film memorabilia big names at auction

28 September 2019

Film and TV memorabilia has been growing in popularity as a collecting field in recent years, with original posters particularly sought-after. However, props are also in demand from a wide variety of sources.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone first edition

Harry Potter first edition, James Cook voyage medal and micromosaic wall plaques – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

27 September 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a first edition of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’ that created a bit of auction magic at Chiswick Auctions.

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Rare King Edward VIII coin makes UK auction record

26 September 2019

A UK auction record for a copper coin was set this week when a rare Edward VIII 1937 pattern penny sold at Spink & Son.

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Rare early Islamic gold dinar coin comes to auction next month

26 September 2019

A rare Umayyad gold dinar dated 105AH (723AD) will be offered at a Morton & Eden auction with a £1.4-1.6m estimate next month.

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Pick of the week: Rare example of a surviving maestrophone sells at 20-times estimate in Nantwich auction

23 September 2019

Until electricity became commonplace in homes, the power source of choice for the gramophone was a spring motor that required frequent winding. One unusual solution to silent interludes at the dinner dance was to power the device by hot air.

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Chilton plays a part in D-Day

23 September 2019

Many talented footballers had their careers interrupted or even curtailed by the world wars. Although Allenby Chilton is not exactly a household name, not many players featured in both a Manchester United title-winning side and the D-Day Normandy landings.

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Happy Hibs trust buys medals

23 September 2019

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the football league in Scotland has not always been dominated by Celtic and Rangers. The last time a team outside the Old Firm won the title was Aberdeen in 1985.

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The uniform of The Babe

23 September 2019

Stand-out lot in the Julien’s auction on November 14 in Beverly Hills is a Brooklyn Dodgers coaching uniform worn by Babe Ruth, America’s baseball hero. It comes from a 350-piece private collection amassed over 30 years.

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Cricket collection scores highly in Canterbury test

23 September 2019

Amassed by one of the longest-serving members of the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), a group of cricketing lots notched up a number of auction highlights last month.

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‘Banned’ bats welcomed at auction

23 September 2019

The John Goodwin (15% buyer’s premium) saleroom in Malvern offered what it dubbed “probably the most notorious bat in cricket history” in its June 20 auction: the infamous aluminium bat used by Dennis Lillee in the 1979-80 Ashes.

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Medal marks a very early international

23 September 2019

This late 9ct gold Football League medal was awarded to Billy Bassett (1869-1937), one of the best-known footballers of the late Victorian era.

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