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.

Fresh chapter in book fairs

26 April 2021

The moment has arrived for bibliophiles missing the physical sight and touch of books at actual fairs.

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Eye Kandy and look to the sky

26 April 2021

Ground level views of Ceylon offered in same sale as uplifting account of balloon voyages.

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Fussy time-keeper at auction, then an idiosyncratic dealer

26 April 2021

South London auction house Roseberys (25% buyer’s premium) was instructed to sell the collection of Herbert Kennard on March 26.

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Unique Mouseman bureau stars in our weekly pick of five auction highlights

23 April 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a purpose-built bureau that tripled its estimate in Yorkshire and made the second-highest ever price for a piece of Mouseman.

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Darth Vader and Green Cross Code Man - Dave Prowse collection comes to auction

21 April 2021

The collection of a giant of cinema is coming up at East Bristol Auctions: Dave Prowse (1935-2020), who played Darth Vader in Star Wars.

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Pick of the week: Milking the sale of ‘Breadboard Annie’ collection

19 April 2021

The mouthwatering kitchenalia collection of Annie Marchant (1951-2020) certainly served up a treat when it came to auction on April 12-13.

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Roman relics and much more

19 April 2021

Account of a temple study in Scotland is one of the stand-out auction lots in South Cerney

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Be sure to bid if you fancy a Shell poster

19 April 2021

On April 29, Lyon & Turnbull, in partnership with poster specialist Tomkinson Churcher, will present Design on the Move: Selected Posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection.

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Princess Di on ‘the Boss’ – the queen

19 April 2021

A group of some 40 letters and greetings cards sent in 1990-97 by Diana, Princess of Wales, to her good friend Roger Bramble sold for almost £70,000.

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Galway silver shines in Lewes auction

19 April 2021

The West as well as the East made a major contribution to the success of Gorringe’s £1m sale on March 30 where, overall, 86% of the 593 lots sold.

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Varied selection from execution to excise in Exeter saleroom

19 April 2021

Bid to a far higher than predicted £1000 in a recent West Country sale was a broadside whose lengthy title read: 'Life, Trial, and Execution of T.Cooper. Who was executed at Newgate this Morning for the Murder of Timothy Daly, a Policeman, at Highbury.'

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Ready to take up arms again at Kempton Park

19 April 2021

Organiser Peter Binfield is hoping for fine weather and a good turnout of 100-plus dealers at the first of this year’s Vintage & Classic Arms Fairs at Kempton Park on Sunday, May 2.

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Thai deer points to a high value

19 April 2021

Estimated at £60-80 but sold at £11,500, this set of 14-point deer antlers provided Martel Maides (17.5% buyer’s premium) with a sensational result.

British and Irish book auctions: April 20-30, 2021

19 April 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book sales.

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Thanks Bud for games group

19 April 2021

Collecting 19th and early 20th century board games and puzzles became a fascination for Bud Newman, who encountered them through his business.

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Hocus pocus focus in Chicago

19 April 2021

Henry Dean’s 'The Whole Art of Legerdemain; or Hocus Pocus in Perfection', is one of the rarities in the conjuring and magic publications’ section of Potter & Potter Auctions’ next Magic sale.

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Obituary: book dealer Reginald Charles Remington (1931-2021)

19 April 2021

I am sad to report the passing of my dear friend Reginald ‘Reg’ Charles Remington (1931-2021) who died peacefully in hospital after a very short illness on Friday, April 2.

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Click and flick through books

19 April 2021

Having missed the ritual of perusing bookshelves in shops and fairs due to lockdown, Marc and Marcia Harrison of Netherlands gallery Harrison Hiett Rare Books have launched a digital ‘fully clickable’ catalogue to replicate the experience for their clients.

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Coin auction houses end four-year joint venture

12 April 2021

London coin specialists Baldwin’s and St James’ Auctions have ended their tie-up after four years.

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Trophies from a Victorian family of England internationals

12 April 2021

Rogers Jones of Cardiff is selling an archive relating to a remarkable Victorian sporting dynasty on April 17.

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