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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Lunar map to give you a Buzz at London Map Fair

03 June 2019

Over in Kensington Gore’s Royal Geographical Society, The London Map Fair includes an astronomical highlight to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk. The map, signed and inscribed by Buzz Aldrin, shows the lunar landing site, and is offered by The Map House for £7500.

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PBFA fair in Earls Court promises a Lively time

03 June 2019

At the PBFA London Antiquarian Book Fair, from June 6-7 at Ibis London in Earls Court, Rainford & Parris brings a collection of seven children’s books by Penelope Lively.

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Tour de France 1974 yellow jersey worn by the legendary Eddy Merckx to be auctioned in Welsh saleroom

01 June 2019

Just before this year’s Tour de France a fresh to the market classic yellow jersey once worn in the gruelling race by the legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx comes to auction.

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‘Six-sixes’ auction saga continues as new footage of Gary Sobers interview is broadcast

31 May 2019

Journalist and author Grahame Lloyd has said he will continue his campaign to get Christie’s to acknowledge that the ‘wrong’ six-sixes cricket ball was sold at auction after footage emerged of the batsman Sir Garfield Sobers saying that only one ball was used in the famous over.

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Fifteen foot long Monty Python credits scroll comes to auction in Bristol

30 May 2019

East Bristol Auctions is to offer a 15 ft-long credit scroll from an episode of ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’.

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

30 May 2019

The tremendous appeal of anything Dr Who related was underlined at south London auction house Roseberys in March when a collection of archive of photographs and copies of plans from a ‘lost’ episode sold for £4600. Now, more images are on offer, this time in colour.

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Five militaria auction highlights – including a Second World War V1 flying bomb rudder

28 May 2019

A Second World War V1 flying bomb rudder recovered in Kent and kept as a ‘souvenir’ by a Home Guard member is among the militaria highlights in five recent auctions.

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Abbey Road Studios recordings from 18 stars including Ed Sheeran come to auction at Spink

28 May 2019

Original master recordings from Abbey Road Studios of artists including Blondie, Ed Sheeran, Alanis Morissette and The Killers will be offered at auction in June.

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Antique weapons will be permitted in the post

27 May 2019

A significant amendment means that the new law governing the sale of bladed items will not impact buyers of antique weapons as once feared.

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Early typewriter pushes all the right buttons at German auction

27 May 2019

An example of the first commercially produced typewriter – one of only five in private hands – has sold for €100,000 at auction in Germany.

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5 Questions: Book dealer Deborah Coltham

27 May 2019

Deborah Coltham specialises in rare books, manuscripts and ephemera relating to science and medicine. She is an exhibitor at 'Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair' (June 7-9).

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The web shop window: 19th century pill-making machine

27 May 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Obituary: John Hayward (1938-2019)

27 May 2019

The death of John Hayward on May 12 has robbed the world of medals and medal collecting of its most colourful personality.

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Make a racket purchase in a magical selection of antiques

27 May 2019

Two rackets rackets (no, you aren’t seeing double) are on offer at the exhibition '#7 – It’s a Magic Number', organised by Cotswolds dealers Manfred Schotten and Christopher Clarke Antiques.

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Ephemera Society fair: Short-lived objects with real long-term demand

27 May 2019

Society fair celebrates ephemeral items in which interest is sustained.

ATG letter: Would you say Grandfather Clock?

27 May 2019

MADAM – Further to Mr Adam’s letter in ATG No 2393, and Mr Lewis’ letter in ATG No 2392, the facts that I supplied in my letter about the history of the Ordinary Bicycle and its incorrect renaming are entirely accurate.

ATG letter: Football bribery back in 1904

27 May 2019

MADAM – The recent offering in Wiltshire of a gold pocket watch presented to the then FA Cup-winning manager of Manchester City, Tom Maley, in 1904 is perhaps a reminder that corruption in the football world is not a new phenomenon.

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Tiny stamp and banknote designs adopted far and wide

27 May 2019

After more than 50 years as a designer for international stamps and banknotes printer Waterlow & Sons, Leonard Douglas Fryer (1891-1965) retired to enjoyable obscurity at his home in Ilford.

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Ortelius atlas with sea monsters off Iceland is popular feature of auction with global outlook

27 May 2019

Successfully bid to £80,000 among cartographic lots offered in London was a fine coloured copy of Ortelius’ Theatrum… of 1592.

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In rust we trust for Marklin make

27 May 2019

Rusty, dusty and damaged, but bearing the magic of Marklin, a pre-First World War toy train emerged from the garage at a local house clearance. It starred in a collectors sale at the Cumbrian saleroom of 1818 Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT).

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