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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‘Mouseman’ commissions excel in the salerooms

05 July 2021

Smaller decorative pieces by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson (1876-1955) continue to excel in the saleroom.

Mouseman powder bowl

Mouseman powder bowl stars in our pick of five auction highlights

25 June 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes one of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson’s smaller decorative pieces that made over three-times estimate in Yorkshire.

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Opium pipe blows away estimate in auction of Finch collection

21 June 2021

A tobacco pipe which opened the series and an opium one which ended it – interspersed by a cigar stub – met keen demand at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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Corkscrew is big catch at The Game Fair

21 June 2021

This silver salmon corkscrew, hallmarked Chester 1914, can be found in LAPADA’s dedicated pavilion at The Game Fair.

Cigarette case

Present from Thai king to King of Rock ‘n’ Roll

07 June 2021

A combination cigarette case and lighter given to Elvis Presley by the king of Thailand sold for six times its top estimate.

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Fourteenth century ivory casket offered at Normandy auction

07 June 2021

Auction house Prunier in Louviers, Normandy, has a long tradition of holding sales of Haute Epoque or early works of art.

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Medal marks a springboard moment for Arts & Crafts

07 June 2021

A recent sale at Gildings (20% buyer’s premium) of Market Harborough included a number of medals of historical interest.

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Postcards of Cumbrian life (and loss of life)

07 June 2021

Trying to set a water-speed record is one of sport’s most hazardous competitions – with a high fatality rate as a result.

Cigar butt

How much for a cigar butt?

01 June 2021

The answer, last week, was £3500.

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Uncommon Wimbledon cast-iron mechanical bank emerges in Scarborough sale

31 May 2021

Almost two decades after the first American cast-iron mechanical banks, John Harper and Company of the Albion Works in Willenhall, Staffordshire filed a patent for the Wimbledon bank on September 21, 1885.

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Relics reflect Titanic rescue attempt… then body search

24 May 2021

Titanic specialist auction house Henry Aldridge & Son sells poignant items related to the rescue and recovery ships.

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Early spectacles catch the eye in saleroom

24 May 2021

While Georgian spectacles are relatively common at auction, 17th century examples are a rarer beast.

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Music box plays a big £27,000 part in auction

10 May 2021

John Gresham was a third-generation member of a wealthy Hull timber-importing family.

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Price on a higher plane

10 May 2021

The choice element of a mixed lot offered in Chichester on April 16 was a Georgian walnut mitre plane stamped for Christopher Gabriel.

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Bureau sets second-highest Mouseman result at auction

03 May 2021

Morphets (20% buyer’s premium) of Harrogate sold a Mouseman bureau for a tub-thumping £36,000 on April 15.

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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.

Oak Mouseman bureau

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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Buckles go under the microscope at Wartski

29 March 2021

These gold-mounted hardstone buckles are among only a few surviving examples of jewellery by the Dresden master goldsmith Johann Christian Neuber (1736-1808).

Wax seal matrix

Rare Scottish Stewart seal saved for nation

18 March 2021

A wax seal matrix bought at auction by National Museums Scotland has revealed how James V of Scotland (1512-42) treated one of his illegitimate sons.

The Mouseman of Kilburn carving

Pick of the week: Mouseman figures squeak for themselves

15 March 2021

The highlight of a £75,000, 30-lot private collection of Robert Thompson oak carvings sold by Tennants was an anthropomorphic figure of The Mouseman of Kilburn.

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