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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‘Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies’ from ‘Allo ‘Allo set for the big reveal at Bristol auction

30 November 2018

One of the UK’s most famous ‘Old Master’ paintings will be offered at auction tomorrow. Estimated at £5000-10,000, the Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies from the sitcom Allo ‘Allo is to is appearing at East Bristol Auctions.

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Shout, shout, clear it all out! Tears for Fears sell tour gear to make room

29 November 2018

Specialist musical instrument auction house Gardiner Houlgate is to sell a cache of touring equipment from '80s band Tears for Fears.

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Adam Smith's own copy of Wealth of Nations comes to auction estimated at £500,000-800,000

28 November 2018

Adam Smith’s personal copy of his first edition of his great work the Wealth of Nations is coming up at auction as part of Christie’s Books and Manuscripts sale on December 12 in London.

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Behind the scenes ahead of Chiswick Auctions’ debut Photographica sale

28 November 2018

ATG meets Chiswick Auctions’ photographica specialist Austin Farahar and previews his inaugural sale ahead of the auction today.

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Five toy and model lots to watch out for at upcoming auctions

27 November 2018

A selection of lots coming up in either dedicated toy and model auctions or sections within larger sales.

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Travels to Mauritius and beyond with Thomas Bradshaw

26 November 2018

Titled ‘In the District of Moka’, the hand-coloured litho plate shown here is one of 40 that make up a scarce folio of 1832, Thomas Bradshaw’s Views in Mauritius, or Isle of France…

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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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