The market for sporting memorabilia is one of the most diverse
areas of the antiques market. This is not just because the range of
sports covered - from boxing to bowls - but also due to the vast
spread of objects - from fishing tackle to football trophies.
Almost every pastime you can think of is represented in the
memorabilia market and numerous sectors of the antiques industry
have their own sporting sub-sector: silver, ceramics, paintings,
works of art and books, to name but a few.
The items that command the most attention are those that relate
to either the early history of a particular sport, or an iconic
player, special match or competition.
Written by Alex
From the ATG Archive
01 October 2006
In conjunction with the Nottingham-based sporting memorabilia specialists Trevor Vennett-Smith, Dreweatt Neate sold the Keith Crump Collection of Cricket Memorabilia at Donnington Priory on September 26.
06 April 2009
Edinburgh-based dealers Georgian Antiques have pulled off one of their more remarkable sales – 7000 hickory-shafted golf clubs to a Chinese businessman who found them when surfing the internet.
08 March 2010
THE 1953 FA Cup Final will forever be known as the Matthews Final.It was while playing for Blackpool against Bolton Wanderers that the legendary winger Sir Stanley Matthews (1915-2000) gave his career-defining performance and won the only major honour of a long career.
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13 October 2015
Lot number one in Rogers Jones’ latest sale provided both a world record result and a house record for the Welsh auctioneers.
01 August 2015
A silver medal awarded to a lifeboatman who rescued sailors from a sinking ship in hurricane-force winds off the Kent coast in 1891 is to be sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries.
01 October 2015
An embossed brass belt buckle discovered in the back garden of an old English cottage is a reminder that the very first Australian side to tour England was one made up entirely of Aborigines.
17 June 2015
ATG speaks to Richard Green as he reflects on six decades as a dealer, his firm’s debut at ‘Masterpiece’ this month and how his sons have broadened his taste in art
30 September 2015
Timing is everything in sport and at auction. With New Zealand firm favourites to retain the Webb Ellis Cup on October 31, this is surely the moment to sell the jersey of a legendary All Black.
10 June 2015
Bonhams are to close their Oxfordshire salerooms and move more merchandise to London as part of a further review of their regional operations.