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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Madness donates costumes and memorabilia to Victoria and Albert Museum for theatre gallery

23 May 2019

To celebrate 40 years since the release of Madness’ ‘One Step Beyond’ - the 1979 debut album by the British ska-pop group - the V&A has unveiled a collection of memorabilia.

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Here come the Men in Black (and the Jedi and the wizards): Will Smith suit goes under the hammer at Ewbank’s movie prop auction

23 May 2019

Bidders have the chance to get that alien-hunting time-travelling look next week as Will Smith’s suit from Men in Black 3 goes under the hammer.

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Original artwork for James Bond You Only Live Twice 1967 film poster makes double top estimate at auction

22 May 2019

The name’s McGinnis. Robert McGinnis. A name which may not be as immediately familiar as James Bond, but if you love all things 007 you will have admired his work at some point.

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Four London book fairs will go into one week in June

21 May 2019

For the first time this year, the four fairs that make London a destination for bibliophiles in June will be held side-by-side across the space of just four days. ATG looks at the personality of each event.

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“Book theft is not going to go away": Five-point plan to address the problem of stolen books

21 May 2019

In her talk titled 'Grey Matter – Detecting Stolen Books in Circulation' at a recent symposium organised by ILAB, Margaret Ford of Christie’s set out her own five-point plan to address the problem of stolen books – or books with title issues – in the market.

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In her own write: The way the market is changing for rare books by women authors

21 May 2019

After more than two centuries of collecting history, the market is once again changing how it evaluates – and values – rare books by women. Bonhams’ head of books Matthew Haley reports...

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Seen through modern eyes: How map collecting is plotting a new course

21 May 2019

Just being old is no longer enough. True, most of the collectable maps that change hands in the market are of some considerable age. Many were printed by hand using techniques which changed little between the 1470s and 1830s. Tim Bryars reports...

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Faces from Firsts: Interviews with three exhibitors at the upcoming book fair in the capital

21 May 2019

A trio of exhibitors at London’s rare book fair 'Firsts' ponder the market, their motivations – plus flooded shops and heavy metal.

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21st century tastes: How the growing interest in the history of food and drink is influencing the market for early recipe books

21 May 2019

Old cookery books are more than simply receptacles of food history. They speak of technological change, the availability and discovery of ingredients that came with the expansion of the known world and how the social standing of the cook or chef changed over time. They are also very much in collecting vogue.

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Boris Becker memorabilia auction to go ahead after bankrupt tennis star withdraws injunction

21 May 2019

The sale of sporting memorabilia seized from bankrupt tennis star Boris Becker will be going ahead this summer, the auctioneers handling the consignment have confirmed to ATG.

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Vietnam War 1968 shell shocked soldier photo sets Don McCullin world auction record

21 May 2019

With photographer Don McCullin in the spotlight thanks to the recent Tate Britain exhibition of his hard-hitting work, it has been a good time to auction one of his most famous images.

Introduction: Getting a new generation of buyers away from the screen

21 May 2019

As Pom Harrington, chairman of 'Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair', puts it, “the key challenge today is how do we get the new generation of buyers who have bought from the internet to come away from the screen and see the book first hand in the marketplace”.

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On offer: 18 lots of books and maps coming up at auction in summer 2019

21 May 2019

A selection of highlights appearing at upcoming auctions.

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Sponsor’s message: A prosperous year...

21 May 2019

Welcome to the fourth annual supplement produced by Antiques Trade Gazette showcasing the world of rare books and works on paper. We are again delighted to be the sole sponsor, showing our heartfelt commitment to our industry.

UK and International book fairs calendar: 2019-2020

21 May 2019

Forthcoming buying opportunities in the UK and around the world.

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International trade means keeping track of stolen items is more important than ever

21 May 2019

In the wake of more high-profile book thefts, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is tackling head-on the sometimes thorny issue of provenance.

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What sold: Book auction results from an Adam Smith first edition to Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis

21 May 2019

ATG's pick of items sold recently at books and works on paper auctions.

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Books and maps highlights at fairs for summer 2019

21 May 2019

A selection of highlights that dealers are taking to upcoming fairs.

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Pick of the week: Baseball ale poster is big hit with a US bidder

20 May 2019

In US collecting circles the ‘Anson-Ewing Burke Ale poster’ is spoken of in hushed tones. When an example was sold by New Jersey baseball memorabilia specialist Robert Edwards Auctions for $188,000 in 2008, it was described as the best-preserved of only three known. More recently in February another was sold for $96,000 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

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