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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Button up for the bidding ride

03 June 2024

Image of a horse-drawn coach takes top price as many desirable designs come up at auction

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Polyphon music box and cello in tune at auction

27 May 2024

“An impressively sized fine and rare” coin-operated upright 22in Polyphon Disk Musical Box-on-Discbin sold for £5500 in Tennants’ (24% buyer’s premium) Scientific & Musical Instruments Sale on May 15.

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American ‘freed slave’ badge soars above estimate at Ohio auction

22 May 2024

This humble but hugely powerful object is a Charleston free badge, an oval copper planchet worn by a freed African slave in South Carolina in the 1780s.

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Picture postcards from Polar explorers delight at Lays

13 May 2024

Letters and postcard written by Antarctic expedition members were sent to New Zealand host family

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Top stories this week including an auction record for a Dunhill table lighter

12 May 2024

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of an Alfred Dunhill Aquarium table lighter setting a record at Chiswick Auctions.

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Furniture given by Mouseman to his daughter emerges at auction

11 May 2024

Elements of a collection of ‘Mouseman’ furniture made for the daughter of Robert Thompson (1876 -1955) himself have come for sale in Yorkshire this month.

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Hurrah for a Suffragette vesta case for sale at Derbyshire fair

06 May 2024

A vesta case decorated with a campaigning Suffragette is among the highlights at the Buxton Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair.

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On the hunt for a record-breaking Dunhill Aquarium lighter

02 May 2024

Chiswick Auctions has nudged forward its own record for an Alfred Dunhill Aquarium table lighter.

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New Zealand welcomes the Great White Fleet

29 April 2024

An auction of traditional European decorative arts at Sotheby’s New York (20/10% buyer’s premium) on April 16 included this New Zealand Arts & Crafts presentation casket.

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Retiring at the right time

29 April 2024

Last month, Dianne Brick of Amherst Antiques announced she was winding up her business specialising in Tunbridge Ware after 39 years.

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French royal snuffbox found in vendor’s bathroom cabinet stars in single-owner sale

26 April 2024

A French gold and diamond Royal presentation portrait snuffbox was among the lots drawing strong interest at a large single-owner sale at Gloucestershire saleroom Chorley’s.

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Collectors respond to call for earliest phone bidding at Massachusetts auction

22 April 2024

Relics from the dawn of the electro-magnetic telephone created a sensation when they appeared for sale in Massachusetts.

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Judge Dredd makes his comic debut

22 April 2024

When 2000AD made its debut the year itself was still 23 years away.

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Slot machines provide all the fun of the seaside even in rain

15 April 2024

Once ubiquitous in British seaside resorts in their day, many pre-war amusement arcade machines are now so rare that just a handful are recorded.

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Comic featuring Superman debut soars to record sum

15 April 2024

Priced 10 cents when it appeared in 1938, a copy of Action Comics No 1 which introduced Superman has become the world’s most valuable comic book.

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Copy of Action Comics No 1 featuring Superman debut soars to a world record price

11 April 2024

Priced 10 cents when it appeared in 1938, a copy of Action Comics No 1 which introduced Superman has become the world’s most valuable comic book.

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Boxwood comb would be a heartfelt gift to a loved one

08 April 2024

The familiar heart symbol - that today is ‘read’ as love - made its first appearance as a rebus in the late Medieval era.

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Lofty prices from attic comics find

08 April 2024

A collection of vintage comics has sold at auction in Lichfield for a total hammer price of £13,150.

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Original comic artwork in demand

08 April 2024

“Our selection of Charley’s War artwork continues to attract new winning bidders”, says Malcolm Phillips.

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Snuff box up at auction 'belonged to Napoleon on St Helena'

01 April 2024

The Militaria auction at Norfolk saleroom TW Gaze on April 18 includes an item linked to Napoleon’s exile on St Helena.

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