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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Prices show the US comic effect

12 March 2018

Selling at $400,000 (£285,715), the original cover artwork for the 100th issue of Amazing Spider-Man comic led a recent three-day American comic and comic artwork auction that raised a total of around $7.2m (£5.14m).

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Cashing in on flashy cases

12 March 2018

Flash from the past at the Diss rooms of TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium).

Bat-Man

Comic that features the arrival of Batman could fetch $1m at auction in the US

05 March 2018

A previously unknown copy of the Golden Age comic that heralds the arrival of Batman, is expected to top $1m at auction in the US next week.

Key

Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed key heads to auction at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh

12 February 2018

The key to The Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is to be offered at auction.

Suffragettes

Demand surges for suffragette memorabilia as 100th anniversary of women getting the vote is celebrated

06 February 2018

On the 100th anniversary of The Representation of the People Act 1918, where women over the age of 30 were first given the vote, ATG selects some of the most significant items that have emerged for sale.

Silver tea caddy

Saleroom selection: 5 silver tea caddies at upcoming auctions

30 January 2018

Silver tea caddies come in many different shapes and sizes, but also range in price from the few hundreds to the few thousands with differences in terms of marks, makers, rarity and condition influencing value. Here, we pick out a selection of items available in the next fortnight, with estimates ranging from £100-5000.

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Lighter Club of Great Britain holds annual swapmeet and fair

29 January 2018

Portable lighters appeared in the early 20th century, with Dunhill being the most collectable name and watch lighters regarded as most covetable.

Biscuit tins

More than 130 tins are set to take the biscuit at Cheshire auction

24 January 2018

A lifetime’s collection of biscuit tins is heading to Peter Wilson Auctioneers in Nantwich, Cheshire.

Wendy

Sex life book by antiques dealer-turned-novelist becomes a musical

18 January 2018

Antiques dealer Wendy Salisbury’s novel ‘The Toyboy Diaries’ has been turned into a musical and is making its debut tonight at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

Lucan

Lord Lucan’s hat, champagne bucket and cane come to auction in Oxfordshire

16 January 2018

The belongings of Lady Lucan, who died last year, and Lord Lucan, who vanished over 40 years ago, are coming up for auction in Banbury next month.

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Strike a light for lost world of smoke

15 January 2018

A gentleman retires to his designated smoker’s chair, picks up his meerschaum pipe and Dunhill lighter and puffs away contentedly by his hearth… a vanished scenario in the UK today but recreated in the antiques world in these three items from December auctions.

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Notable vesta case collection to light up Somerset saleroom a second time

02 January 2018

On January 15 Lawrences of Crewkerne will sell the second half of a remarkable collection of vesta cases or match safes pieced together over a 50 year period by the late John and Patricia McKenzie.

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Are today’s superhero movies creating a bubble for classic comics?

27 November 2017

The release this year of movies such as Justice League, Wonder Woman and, most recently, Thor: Ragnarok has brought added interest in the original comics, according to specialist at Heritage Auctions, Barry Sandoval.

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Rare card from c.1910 emerges at Ephemera Society fair

27 November 2017

This lady’s expression says she might be trying to add some gravitas to her Christmas outfit, but it is difficult when decked out with bits of fir tree, assorted crackers, baubles and tassles plus a mini-tree on her head.

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Whalebone cane strolls to £17,000

13 November 2017

A mid-19th century scrimshaw carved whalebone walking cane sold for a house record of £17,000 (plus 18% buyer’s premium) at East Bristol Auctions on November 9.

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Art Deco transport posters unite the sleek and the speed

07 November 2017

Art Deco was a style that epitomised speed and power, wrapped in a sleekness that dominated design from furniture, ceramics and glass to architecture and sculpture.

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Vintage luggage exerts strong pull on overseas buyers

06 November 2017

An extraordinary piece of Edwardian shopping history, a window on a vanished world, is the 1400-page, 1907 catalogue for the Army and Navy stores in London.

 John F Kennedy documents

Purchasing Powers – dealer offers archive of John F. Kennedy speeches for sale at £375,000

03 November 2017

One of the largest collections of original John F. Kennedy documents remaining in private hands is being offered for sale by a London book dealer.

Napoléon gold leaf

Gold leaf from Napoléon’s laurel crown to be auctioned in Fontainebleau

30 October 2017

It weighs just 10gms and measures only 4in (9cm) in length, but this gold laurel leaf is heavy with historical associations.

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Postcards live on in the saleroom world

23 October 2017

Last month, Britain’s oldest postcard publisher, J Salmon, announced it was closing after almost 140 years of business. Blamed for its demise was the rise of selfies and social media.

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