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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Book sale after 27 years makes Twitter conquest

26 November 2018

It has been a busy month for Broadhursts Bookshop owner Laurie Hardman.

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C&T bucks trend by launching antiques and collectors sales

26 November 2018

C&T Auctioneers of Kent is launching antiques and collectors sales, with its first taking place on April 3 next year.

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‘First-hand’ tale of Columbus voyage is auction star turn

26 November 2018

Containing near contemporary and even, it would seem, first-hand accounts of the voyages of Columbus and other travellers, a 1512 autograph manuscript of the Dialogo… of Bernardo of Albenga was a star turn in a November 13 sale held by Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium).

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Fairy tales float into Oxford gallery

26 November 2018

A deluxe issue of 'Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens' signed by celebrated illustrator Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) is one of the attractions at The North Wall Arts Centre’s exhibition 'Once Upon a Time'.

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Fabulous chart reveals spice of East Indies life

26 November 2018

A cartographic highlight of the mammoth October 30-November 1 series of sales held by German auction house Reiss & Sohn (18% buyer’s premium) was the Insulae Moluccae… map shown below, which sold for almost four times the estimate at €38,000 (£33,670).

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Sea-Wolf in a sorry state has auction bite

26 November 2018

The jacket of the 1904 first of Jack London’s The Sea-Wolf shown right is quite obviously in a sorry state – falling apart and with sizeable sections missing all round. It is, however, a jacket previously known only by rumour or talk of ‘one other copy thought to exist’.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

26 November 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

British and Irish book auctions: November 27-December 7, 2018

26 November 2018

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from November 27-December 7, 2018.

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Volume with cover illustration by Edward McKnight Kauffer attracts collector at ABA Rare Books fair and other sales from the November event

23 November 2018

A collector of books illustrated by Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) inched nearer to a complete set at the ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair.

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Five posters to watch out for at auction and selection of fascinating designs already sold including a hammer horror classic

22 November 2018

A look at upcoming stand-out lots in poster sales held around the world, along with a round-up of recent highlights – including a hammer horror classic sold by a London dealer and an Edward Wadsworth design at a Dorset auction.

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Flying Scotsman original locomotive nameplate soars to a record high of £64,500 at auction

21 November 2018

For what is probably the world’s most famous and popular steam engine, the Flying Scotsman has experienced a remarkably troubled history at times.

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Auctions showcase David Bowie as musician, artist and collector

20 November 2018

Not only was David Bowie a rather good musician, but he turned his talents to art as well. His diverse talents are encapsulated by two lots sold in separate UK auctions, with the first coming at Suffolk saleroom Bishop & Miller on November 10.

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Animal magic at Colchester auction house as a crocodile, cockatoo and walrus file into saleroom

20 November 2018

A menagerie of claret jugs, pepperettes, whisky tots and scent bottles is being offered for sale in Essex today.

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Bookshop goes viral on Twitter after selling book that had been on the shelf for 27 years

19 November 2018

A bookshop’s tweet announcing it had sold a book that had been on its shelf for 27 years went viral over the weekend.

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Timely online search enables son to buy back his father's First World War pocket watch

19 November 2018

When Alan Wardle’s niece searched online for family history she uncovered his father’s long-lost First World War presentation pocket watch coming up at auction.

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Poster warns of the horror of gas

19 November 2018

The new terrors of the First World War also encompassed gas. The initial major attack was launched on the Eastern Front by the Germans in January 1915, then on the Western Front at Ypres three months later against French colonial troops.

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Exhibition marks special RAF centenary

19 November 2018

In April this year Spink held an exhibition to mark the centenary of the founding of the RAF, ahead of a dedicated section in its two-day Orders, Decorations and Medals sale the same month.

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Preview: medal groups of five brothers who served in the Great War, with only two coming home

19 November 2018

If anything sums up the sense of slaughter that came from the British experience of the First World War and how that affected so many families, it is a lot coming up in Bonhams’ November 21 Medals, Bonds, Banknotes and Coins auction.

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Flying high with early relics

19 November 2018

In this year also marking the centenary of the RAF, Bosleys’ (20% buyer’s premium) fourth annual sale of aviation collectables on September 13, held in conjunction with (and at) sister auction house Marlows in Stafford, included a large number of related items.

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Preview: medals sum up the 'world' status of the Great War

19 November 2018

Before the Iraq invasions in 1991 and 2003 Britain was involved in military operations in the region in both world wars.

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