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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'Gandhi' spectacles take £260,000 at Bristol auction

21 August 2020

A pair of spectacles, believed to have once belonged to Gandhi, were hammered down at £260,000 in Bristol (plus 21.6% buyer's premium inc VAT).

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Happy buyer gets the cream of the crop

17 August 2020

Nestlé, today a Swiss multinational corporation, was a much smaller company when this rare lithographed showcard was made.

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The web shop window: Spitalfields shop advertising sign

17 August 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Did these spectacles to be auctioned in Bristol once belong to Mahatma Gandhi?

12 August 2020

A pair of glasses believed to have once belonged to Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) are to be offered at auction in Bristol this month.

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Sewing box takes Bleasdales’ top spot

10 August 2020

Delayed for a month by the pandemic, the specialist sewing sale held as a timed online auction on thesaleroom.com at Bleasdales (20% buyer’s premium) of Warwick proved a profitable stitch in time. The sale, which covered the gamut of collectables, closed with only 16 of the 665 lots failing to get away.

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Flask with a ducal dedication offered at Denver auction

03 August 2020

This 12¾in (32cm) tall European carved bone powder flask dated to the 17th century will feature in the first day of Morphy Auctions’ August 18-19 sale of edged weapons, armour and militaria in Denver, Pennsylvania.

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Glamour and high society mix in a Scottish country house sale

28 July 2020

Ingredients for a tantalising sale don’t come much better than high society, glamour, famous names and an illustrious family combined with a varied, single-owner country house collection.

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'The King’s Speech' cigarette case sells for over 10-times estimate at Woolley & Wallis

24 July 2020

A royal presentation silver cigarette case given by George VI to his speech therapist Lionel Logue, the subject of the 2010 film 'The King’s Speech', sold for £61,000 at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury this week.

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Raleigh Chopper: ‘It was the coolest of bicycles’

20 July 2020

An original Raleigh Chopper bicycle that may never have been ridden has been sold at Derbyshire saleroom Hansons (25% buyer’s premium) for £1250 – more than double top estimate.

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John Hampden Society buys lock of hair believed to belong to the famous parliamentarian

13 July 2020

English Civil War group The John Hampden Society has bought a lock of hair thought to be from the head of its eponymous patron.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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