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.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland collection heads to auction in Oxford

18 January 2017

An auction of 3000 items from the estate of the late antiquarian book dealer Thomas Schuster is big news for fans of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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Rare Star Wars Vlix figure on offer at Vectis Auctions

17 January 2017

Unless you have been in a galaxy far, far away for quite some time, you will have heard of Luke Skywalker, Ewoks and Han Solo. But have you heard of a Vlix?

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Letter by children's book author Beatrix Potter at Cumbria auction

14 January 2017

The beautiful Beatrix Potter children’s books are highly collectable in themselves but the author’s world provides a far wider and very popular collecting scene.

Truncheons

“Works of art”: British police truncheons to star in Hansons’ auction

13 January 2017

“Beautifully gilded”, “hand painted”, “much sought after”. Perhaps not words that are commonly applied to police batons, but this is how auctioneer Charles Hanson described the collection of British truncheons coming up for auction this month.

Washington painting

America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton takes centre stage as letters head to auction

13 January 2017

America’s previously neglected founding father Alexander Hamilton is now firmly back to prominence after the Broadway hit ‘Hamilton’, which won eleven Tony Awards last year. The show is now coming to London's West End this year.

Stanley Gibbons

New name in coins market after Baldwin's splits dealing and auction business

13 January 2017

Baldwin’s of St James’s, launched at the current The New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), brings the auction business of numismatists AH Baldwin & Sons and St James’s Auctions together.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire

19th century photographs of the ‘real Downton Abbey’ to be auctioned

12 January 2017

A photograph album of the ‘real Downton Abbey’ has been revealed after 120 years and will be up for auction next month.

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Impressive RAF Bomber Command medals of Squadron Leader Sydney Clayton offered at Sheffield Auction Gallery

10 January 2017

With the heroics of ‘the few’ in the Battle of Britain more or less guaranteeing auction interest, it is easy to overlook the incredible bravery of bomber crews.

Waugh ear trumpet

Sounding out bidders: Evelyn Waugh’s ear trumpet heads to auction

09 January 2017

Evelyn Waugh fans should listen up: one of the writer’s ear trumpets will be offered at auction.

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Rare experimental American glass coin sells at Heritage Auctions

09 January 2017

The plastic fiver has become a familiar sight in the UK since it was issued last September and this summer the tenner version will follow. It seems unlikely that glass coins will also appear – but that was not the case in the US in 1942.

Gold ducat Ferdinand I of Aragon

15th century gold coin found by dog-walkers heads to auction in Cornwall

06 January 2017

A rare European gold coin found by a dog-walker on a Cornish beach is to be auctioned in Penzance later this month.

Royal Memorabilia cheffins

‘Princess Diana’ auction of letters and mementoes at Cheffins draws huge media focus

06 January 2017

Under normal circumstances, an auction in the English regions is unlikely to command the attention of the global media. But throw in a few letters, photographs and effects from Diana, Princess of Wales, then it’s an entirely different proposition.

Greek coin

Big Apple's busy season starts with coin fair NYINC

05 January 2017

The hive of art world activity in the Big Apple in January kicks off with the New York International Numismatic Convention, or NYINC, which takes place at the Waldorf Astoria.

Hendrix guitar

Hendrix guitar leads Bonhams London memorabilia auction

04 January 2017

Guitars owned by music legends Jimi Hendrix and Prince were the stars of Bonhams December 15 Entertainment Memorabilia auction in London.

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Lotus car made famous by The Prisoner gears up for Dorset auction

03 January 2017

“I am not a number, I am a free man,” was the cry of Patrick McGoohan in TV series The Prisoner. The important number at the Charterhouse auction house on February 12 is £20,000-25,000 - the estimate for a 1963 Lotus Super Seven S2, the model made famous by appearing in that 1960s cult favourite show.

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Welsh whisky bottles sell for over £14,000 at Carmarthen auction

20 December 2016

English wines are steadily gaining a reputation for decent quality, with sparkling styles in particular starting to challenge Champagne as an alternative patriotic option. Back in 1889, it was Welsh whisky throwing the gauntlet down to Scotland in the hope of supping long-running success.

Harry Hyams' collection of art and vintage cars to be placed on public view

19 December 2016

Property developer and collector Harry Hyams, who died in December 2015, has left much of his £487m estate to a charity that will preserve his collection for the nation.

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One of the earliest model railway locomotives up at auction in Winchester

19 December 2016

Pete Waterman, Neil Young, Roger Daltrey and Peter Snow all do it. Frank Sinatra and Peter Sellers did it. Rod Stewart apparently hires extra hotel rooms on tour to indulge in it. ‘It’ being the innocent and highly popular pastime of model railways.

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Vesta match cases fire up auction interest at Lawrences in Somerset

14 December 2016

Most collectors have a burning passion. For John and Patricia McKenzie, the items that fired their interest were vesta cases, the small portable boxes made to contain matches and keep them dry.

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First European paper money up at auction in Spink in New York

13 December 2016

Plastic money has been a bone of contention recently thanks to the strange revelation that the new UK £5 notes include animal fat. But one day the polymer notes will surely be as normal and accepted as the existing paper examples, assuming physical money has not all but disappeared anyway by then.

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17 Jan 2017 - 10:30 AM
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Antiques & Collectables
19 Jan 2017 - 09:55 AM
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Antiques & Fine Art with Stamps & Ephemera
19 Jan 2017 - 10:00 AM
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Two-Day Sale of Fine Arts, Antiques, Jewellery, Silver & Quality Collectables
19 Jan 2017 - 10:00 AM
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Collectors' Sale followed by Furniture & Design for Home & Garden
19 Jan 2017 - 17:00 PM
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20 Jan 2017 - 00:00 AM
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