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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Ericsson ‘grinder’ telephone dials in at £10,500

06 July 2020

Estimated at just £60-80, a rare Ericsson telephone sold for £10,500 (plus 17% buyer’s premium) at Wessex Auction Rooms in Chippenham.

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Musical box bird makes appearance

22 June 2020

This blue and white enamelled musical box is be offered in a sale on June 27 at Oakridge Auction Gallery in Ashburn, Virginia.

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Fans for staying cool in the social sense

08 June 2020

Keeping cool was just one of the many uses of the Georgian and Victorian fan.

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Avengers venture out for a debut

08 June 2020

Long run of the comics includes very first issue introducing The Hulk, Iron Man et al

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One hundred vintage sewing machines offered at Canadian auction

01 June 2020

One of the key features of an online only sale held by Miller & Miller Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) in New Hamburg, Ontario, was a collection of around 100 vintage sewing machines assembled by Karl Koenig.

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How distancing brings us closer: booksellers produce joint catalogues in lockdown

26 May 2020

Dealers collaborate on catalogues – building on existing trends of pooling resources

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Alastair Gibson offers antique fans in timed online sale

25 May 2020

Gibson Antiques, owned by director of FACT Alastair Gibson, is selling a collection of antique fans at auction.

German imperial presentation box from Wilhelm II

German imperial snuff box and Banksy screenprint are among five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

22 May 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a German rococo revival snuff box which was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II to a loyal courtier that made five-times estimate.

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Cartoons by late Astérix creator Albert Uderzo to be auctioned for charity

06 May 2020

Cartoons by the late Albert Uderzo (1927-2020) will be offered by his family at a charity auction hosted by Artcurial in Paris.

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ATG letter: I am seeking royal approval but need to find this item

20 April 2020

MADAM – I am writing a book on the origins and makers of coquilla nut snuff boxes, a time-consuming and difficult task ideally suited to these trying times.

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Brid buffet serves up vintage treats

02 March 2020

The vintage contents of a railway station buffet offered in East Yorkshire were not the most upmarket pieces – nothing made more than £2000 – but more than 400 people packed the room and online bids came from India, the US and Finland. It gave veteran auctioneer Andy Spicer only his second white-glove sell-out in 35 years on the rostrum.

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Moving promotion as automaton advertising panels head to auction

17 February 2020

A collection of automaton advertising panels formed by two dedicated enthusiasts over a 20-year period will go under the hammer on March 12 at Drouot in Paris in a sale mounted by Auction Art Rémy le Fur.

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Pick of the week: Bidder rides off with a £56,000 Ottoman saddle at Edinburgh auction

10 February 2020

The arts of the Ottoman court are performing strongly in the marketplace. The unexpected highlight of Lyon & Turnbull’s Five Centuries auction in Edinburgh on February 5 was an Ottoman saddle.

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French celebration of the US at latest The Winter Show

10 February 2020

Across the pond in New York, the trade kicked off the year with the major international fair The Winter Show.

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Shackleton expedition sledge and flag blocked from export

08 February 2020

A sledge and flag that were taken on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition have been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

International Autograph Auctions in liquidation

03 February 2020

International Autograph Auctions Ltd has ceased trading and is being placed in voluntary liquidation.

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Sèvres collection from the late Judith Howard comes to auction

01 February 2020

A collection of porcelain from the renowned Sèvres specialist Judith Howard, who died last year, is to be sold in Salisbury.

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Walking canes owned by actor Edward Woodward and Titanic survivor attract enhanced interest thanks to provenance

20 January 2020

The latest sale at Clarks in Liskeard included a collection of walking canes collected by the late actor Edward Woodward.

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Canes on parade in Chicago sale

20 January 2020

The sale of furniture and decorative arts at Hindman in Chicago on February 11 includes these two late 19th century gadget canes, both mounted with the insignia of British army regiments.

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A truly eye-catching lot in Bristol

20 January 2020

The limited, but international, appeal of a remarkable collection of about 350 Victorian hand-painted glass eyes was clear at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

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