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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Lost Doctor Who Daleks episode lives again as archive comes to auction

06 March 2019

‘Lost’ episodes of TV series have become sought-after items, not least among Doctor Who fans. Of interest to collectors is an archive of photographs and copies of plans from The Power of the Daleks – the completely missing third serial of the fourth season first broadcast by the BBC in six weekly parts from November 5-December 10, 1966.

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Tony Benn archive heads to British Library after help from auction house Christie’s

06 March 2019

The archive of Labour’s longest-serving MP Tony Benn (1925-2014) has been accepted by the British Library.

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The late England goalkeeper Gordon Banks' shirt and an early All Blacks kit score at auction

05 March 2019

Sport shirts at regional auction houses in Cardiff and Surrey win fans.

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Ticket to ride from one of the UK's oldest railways draws bidders at Scarborough auction

04 March 2019

A trio of tickets issued by one of the UK’s first passenger railways sold for £1050 at a recent sale held by David Duggleby (21% buyer’s premium) in Scarborough.

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Specialist fan dealer is among exhibitors at Antique and Vintage Textiles Fair

04 March 2019

Among the 70-plus exhibitors attending the Textile Society’s annual Antique and Vintage Textiles Fair at the Armitage Centre in Manchester on Sunday, April 14, is fan specialist Mary Cooper.

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Weighty result at Stroud

04 March 2019

What seems to have been an overdue clear-out at Monmouth Trading Standards department led to half a dozen lots of imperial weights and measures being consigned to Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

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CS Lewis and Keynes among Oxford highlights

04 March 2019

A very rare and inscribed example of CS Lewis’ first published work, a 1919 collection of verses previewed ATG No 2377, was sold recently in Oxford for £2800. Spirits in Bondage was part of the extensive book section of a January 30-31 sale at Mallams (23% buyer’s premium).

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Hornby-Dublo on track for £2400 result

04 March 2019

Travelling from Glasgow to the south of England courtesy of a commission bid, this Hornby-Dublo train EDG 7 tank goods set, right, went at 10 times the lower estimate at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) sale on February 1.

British and Irish book auctions: March 5-16, 2019

04 March 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from March 5-16, 2019.

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Works once part of a Scottish house library form a key part of Edinburgh auction

04 March 2019

A small group of lots in a recent Edinburgh sale were once part of the library of the late 5th Earl of Lovelace at Torridon House.

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King William returns… and the wonders of the world

04 March 2019

Two unusual and successful lots from a February 20 sale held by Lockdales (19.5% buyer’s premium) of Ipswich.

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Garden grapple over Brown

04 March 2019

A Dissertation on Oriental Gardening… is the single volume that I have selected from a recent Gloucestershire auction in which job lots were very much in evidence and that acted as a sort of extra, clearing-the-decks sort of exercise in the saleroom’s calendar.

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Woolf work in women’s show

04 March 2019

A first-edition presentation copy of Jacob’s Room (1922) by Virginia Woolf bearing an inscription to her sister Vanessa Bell is on offer for £85,000 at Peter Harrington’s exhibition In Her Own Words: Works by Exceptional Women.

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Early years of photography celebrated at Chartres sale

04 March 2019

Vintage photographic equipment will be up for grabs at the Ivoire Chartres auction firm on March 9-10.

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Ornate binding is a real beauty

04 March 2019

Sold for £900 by Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium) on February 19 was an elaborately bound example of Monsieur Gravelot’s Almanach Iconololgique… for the year 1771.

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Days with puppies and fairies

04 March 2019

Illustrated with eight hand-coloured litho plates, each with moveable flaps, The Puppy’s Visit To His Friends was issued as one of EC Bennett’s moveable books, probably in the 1850s.

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Jerusalem church model goes to Jerusalem buyer

04 March 2019

The sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (plus 21% buyer’s premium) on January 29 – an event dominated by the multi-estimate performance of a Qianlong mark vase in the Ming taste sold at £460,000 (see ATG No 2378) – also included a hardwood (probably olivewood), bone and mother-of-pearl inlaid model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

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Memorabilia from the estate of Are You Being Served? actor John Inman pops up at Newbury auction house

01 March 2019

The sale of a collection of John Inman memorabilia at auction has highlighted the 1970s star enduring popularity with collectors across the UK.

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First edition of new-look antiques arms fair in west London features international selection of dealers

27 February 2019

The inaugural staging of an expanded antiques arms fair in west London will welcome a number of European dealers.

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World Cup winner Gordon Banks match-worn England shirt comes up at auction

26 February 2019

An England football shirt worn by the late, great goalkeeper Gordon Banks is coming up for sale at Surrey auction house Ewbank’s.

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