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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Appeal to antiques trade to help find stolen medals awarded to nurse who served in Africa

05 January 2019

The owner of a group of medals stolen from a car in south London is calling on the trade to help her locate them.

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Zulu War relics from extensive collection on offer at Kent auction along with tribal art

03 January 2019

Relics from the hard-fought defence of Rorke’s Drift in the Zulu War are among the lots for sale in a Kent auction as part of an extensive collection from the period.

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Are Polar exploration memorabilia auctions like buses? You could be waiting for ages for one and then three come along at once.

30 December 2018

From a penguin egg to a menu of penguin patties, January sees significant items relating to Polar exploration offered at sales at Golding Young & Mawer, Stroud Auctions and Tennants Auctioneers.

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Early Pink Floyd poster group beats estimate at auction

21 December 2018

Posters covering band or artist appearances during the embryonic days of their development are proving very popular at auction – a trend underlined by a group of 1966 Pink Floyd designs.

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Hat pins hit the spot at auction

21 December 2018

High-priced luxury handbags and other luxury goods made the most money at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sale of Costume, Accessories and Textiles at Leyburn but collectors’ interest was more focused on a private collection of hat pins.

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Wanderings in the Irish market

21 December 2018

A copy of WB Yeats’ The Wanderings of Oisin… offered in a recent Irish sale was an example of Fisher Unwin’s 1892 second issue. That is rare enough, but this copy bore an inscription that made it very special indeed.

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Remarkable Donne poems discovery

21 December 2018

A notable feature of the end-of-year book sales in 2018 was the number of online auctions held by the major salerooms.

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Modern firsts make high prices in a packed sale

21 December 2018

Packed with a varied selection of precisely 1000 lots, a very thick catalogue rounded off one saleroom’s year in a December 11-12 sale.

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Harry Potter: two lots demonstrate the value of a signature and the difference between pristine and scruffy copies

21 December 2018

Showing hardly any signs of wear and signed by JK Rowling – and originally acquired at a special signing at Harrods, as revealed by a laid-in ticket – a near pristine first issue copy of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' of 1997, appeared at auction earlier this month.

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Anglo-Saxon binding cornerpiece is full of value

21 December 2018

Illuminated manuscript sales of recent times will be the subject of a future review, but seen here is something a little different in that line offered as the very first lot in a December 1 sale of such material held by Bloomsbury Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

British and Irish book auctions: January 4-31, 2019

21 December 2018

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from January 4-31, 2019.

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Third of rare Scotch vintage whisky tested found to be fake

20 December 2018

A sample of vintage bottles of Scotch whisky tested in a Scottish laboratory has been found to be fake.

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One of those days in the saleroom as early Pink Floyd concert posters make thousands of pounds

18 December 2018

Posters covering band or artist appearances during the embryonic days of their development are proving very popular at auction – a trend underlined by a group of mid-Sixties Pink Floyd designs.

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Penguin pattie for you, sir? Ernest Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition menu comes to auction

17 December 2018

Penguin patties, seal cutlets and roast reindeer – and lots of whisky – were on the menu for a famous meal which was followed by ‘Sledges at 12.30’.

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Penguin patties and seal cutlets on the menu of the British Antarctic Expedition midwinter feast now up at auction in remarkable archive

17 December 2018

Penguin patties, seal cutlets and roast reindeer - and lots of whisky - were on the menu for a famous midwinter celebration meal, followed by ‘Sledges at 12.30’.

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Sewing boxes head to new homes and chess set checks in

17 December 2018

The two sewing boxes modelled as houses shown below were made for different markets but both had strong appeal to UK collectors.

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Detective fiction trailblazer equals Edgar Allan Poe record

17 December 2018

‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of the Marie Roget’ and ‘The Purloined Letter’ are among now famous works that are to be found in the newly discovered first issue copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales shown below.

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Toulouse-Lautrec litho tribute

17 December 2018

Featuring 17 lithographed illustrations by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, one of 100 special copies of Gustave Geoffroy’s 1894 homage to the celebrated singer, actress and, in later years, writer, Yvette Guilbert – all of which were signed by the chanteuse – is shown here.

British and Irish book auctions: December 18-January 17, 2018

17 December 2018

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from December 18-January 17, 2018.

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Lawyer’s love of Russian works shines through

17 December 2018

Russian literary firsts and related manuscripts were the focus of one of the many major sales held in the UK, Europe and the US at the year’s end.

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