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.

Steve Bloomer card

Super-rare cigarette card of legendary football star Steve Bloomer fuels five-figure bid

05 December 2022

A rare cigarette card featuring one of England’s top goal-scorers sold for a spectacular £25,900.

Cadbury's sign

Pick of the week: Cadbury’s advertising signs takes a tasty five figures

05 December 2022

It was, said the catalogue, “a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a top end sign in such remarkable condition”.

Great Yarmouth Punch and Judy figures

That’s the way to do it if you buy Punch and Judy at auction

05 December 2022

Punch and Judy shows in Britain date back to as early as 1662 – recorded by Pepys – with origins in the charismatic 16th century Italian puppet Pulcinella.

British and Irish book auctions: December 6-13, 2022

05 December 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Young Victoria, the doll version

05 December 2022

Lucy Peck ran The Dolls’ Home, a successful business that opened in Regent Street in London in 1893.

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Toys and collectables: Renowned enthusiast's collection causes a stir at Cheshire saleroom

05 December 2022

Such was the renown of toy collector the late Jack Tempest that when his collection came up for auction many of the bidders who flocked to the sale on November 10 recognised a lot of the items on offer.

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Lesser-known manufacturers play their part in the toy market

05 December 2022

Forget names such as Palitoy, Britains, Dinky, Sindy, Bing and Marklin for a moment – recent auctions have shown the demand that can exist for lesser-known manufacturers and brands in the toys world.

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York bookshop starts new chapter

05 December 2022

News of historic premises being revived, a closure – plus a new outlet starting in Skipton

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“We had lots of interest – he had everything going for him": Early Steiff teddy put in the picture

05 December 2022

This wonderful photo taken in 1914 shows the Coghill family plus a rather hairy friend: a rare large Steiff centre-seam teddy bear c.1906.

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Action stations for a three-day auction

05 December 2022

Over the course of 35 years Andy Houldsworth amassed one of the largest collections of Action Man and similar action figures in the UK.

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Final view of Victoria in the coins realm

05 December 2022

The final proof coin set bearing Queen Victoria’s portrait was issued by the Royal Mint in 1893.

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Prices by the power of Grayskull

05 December 2022

In 1981 the most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, began his fight against the evil Skeletor to save the planet of Eternia and protect Castle Grayskull.

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Holy automatons, Batman – it’s a Japanese robot!

05 December 2022

Nomura was one of the biggest Japanese toy makers post-war and is now particularly renowned among collectors for mechanical toys such as robots.

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Japanese robot is a diamond pleaser

05 December 2022

Shown here is one of ‘very few known’ examples of Yonezawa’s c.1962 Diamond Planet Robot – the largest tin windup robot produced, 10in (24.5cm) high.

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Super four figures for a space car

05 December 2022

This Japanese ‘Super Car’ tinplate vehicle is an unlicensed model, probably based on the Supercar vehicle from Gerry Anderson’s 1960s UK television series.

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Nostradamus was predicted to do well

05 December 2022

While this 1672 first did not quite hit the high of pre-sale hopes, it was still top lot of the Shrewsbury sale.

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The fashion doll before Barbie courtesy of Madame Alexander

05 December 2022

Bertha Alexander Behrman – aka Madame Alexander – was probably destined to be a doll maker.

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Bryce’s miniature marvels prove a stand-out lot

05 December 2022

In terms of numbers, both in component parts and the sum achieved, a collection of over 200 miniature books published by David Bryce of Glasgow (1845-1923) was a stand-out lot in a recent London sale.

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5 Questions: book dealer Oliver Bayliss

05 December 2022

Oliver Bayliss runs Bayliss Rare Books offering contemporary classics, original movie posters and more.

Chanel tunic

Pick of the week: Château attic find sets vintage Chanel record

28 November 2022

A ‘Russian’ tunic from Chanel’s famed Spring 1922 collection sold for €100,000 (£86,000) in Paris – a record for her early work.

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