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.

Antique dolls house

Rare 'travelling' doll’s house makes €48,000 at auction in Ireland

25 July 2019

A travelling doll's house, made in 1810 to entertain children on long journeys, fetched €48,000 (£42,800) hammer at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in Kilkenny, Ireland earlier this week.

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Extraordinary 'photo gun’ sets a house record by selling for £138,000 at Special Auction Services

24 July 2019

A ‘photo gun’ inspired by an African explorer has been snapped up for a hammer price of £138,000 at Special Auction Services, setting a house record for the Newbury saleroom.

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Colour photos of 'lost' Dr Who 'Power of the Daleks' episode soar at auction

24 July 2019

A collection of rare colour photographs from a ‘lost’ Dr Who episode proved the enduring appeal of the TV show’s memorabilia last week as it was bid to more than four times its high estimate.

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Apollo 11 footage tops Sotheby’s space auction on 50th anniversary of moon landing

24 July 2019

NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 mission topped Sotheby’s Space Exploration Sale held on the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

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Spider-Man's debut and other Silver Age rarities among massive Newcastle comics auction

23 July 2019

Newcastle-upon-Tyne auction house Anderson & Garland will begin the sale of a vast number of vintage comics this week.

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Notorious Ashes Dennis Lillee banned aluminium cricket bat scores £5200 at auction

23 July 2019

The Cricket World Cup final proved to be one of the most dramatic matches ever – and controversial. Should the Stokes bat-hitting accident have earned six points or five?

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Pick of the week: ‘Blonde bombshell’ poster makes big impact at auction

22 July 2019

A controversial Second World War poster by renowned designer Abram Games (1914-96) has sold for what is believed to be an auction record.

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Auction record as Boba Fett blasts to new Star Wars high

22 July 2019

An auction record for a Star Wars toy was established when Hake’s Auctions of York, Pennsylvania, sold a rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure for $95,700 (£76,600).

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Olympic upheaval as posters reveal convoluted history of the wartime Games

22 July 2019

These two posters which will be offered for sale by Swann Auction Galleries in New York on August 7 illustrate the convoluted history of the Olympic Games during the Second World War era.

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Alfred Hitchcock’s 'The 39 Steps' poster emerges in Dallas

22 July 2019

This poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps is one of the rarer entries in Heritage Auctions’ July 27-28 sale of posters to be held in Dallas.

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Strong demand for Boer War medal honouring bravery regardless of race

22 July 2019

A medal, silver cigar box and ‘oil lamp’ lighter sold at Ramsay Cornish's latest sale in Edinburgh had come by descent from Major Jonathan Leslie Dean (1859-1926). He was a key participant in the defence of O’okiep (1902), the small town in the Northern Cape that was besieged by Boer Commandos from April 4-May 4, 1902, towards the end of the Second Boer War.

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Psalter soars with royal appeal

22 July 2019

Associations including Queen Victoria’s daughter help to boost 17th century manuscript.

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Elizabethan intrigues, invasion and execution

22 July 2019

Beneath the famous anchor and dolphin device that denotes a product of the Aldine presses in Venice, the final leaf of a 1516 edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses below bears an inscription that reveals the reason this little work in its later vellum binding sold at £6000.

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Cosmographical delight and colossal crustaceans

22 July 2019

Top lot in a June 6 sale of maps, natural history and other colour plate books held in New York was a rare map by Lewis Evans of what were then still the ‘Middle British Colonies’ in America.

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Mao as master of calligraphy underlined by 1940s letter

22 July 2019

No record exists of any signed, autograph letter in the hand of Mao Zedong being previously sold on the international market, said Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) of the example it offered as part of a June 11 sale of manuscripts, Continental books and music.

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Family name boosts fan sale

22 July 2019

Collection from grandson of director of the famous Duvelleroy firm is offered in Paris.

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Bloch hammers down at $80,000

22 July 2019

The Hammerhead shark plate shown below is not as colourful as many of the other 432 featured in a generally fine and complete copy of Marcus Elieser Bloch’s Ichthyologie… sold recently, but certainly one of the more eye-catching.

British and Irish book auctions: July 23-August 3, 2019

22 July 2019

Our listing of British and Irish book auctions taking place from July 23-August 3, 2019.

Jane Austen letter

Museum appeals for final £10,000 to secure Jane Austen handwritten letter

19 July 2019

Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire has launched an appeal to raise the remaining funds needed to buy a fragment of a letter written by the great novelist in 1814.

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Classic wartime posters impress in Dorset auction including a probable Abram Games record price

18 July 2019

A poster which is one of the most famous worldwide is also one of the rarest: just six copies of the British First World War design showing a fierce Kitchener pointing at YOU are known to exist.

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