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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Military Cross awarded to Iraq war hero sells at Adam Partridge

18 September 2020

Military medals from recent conflicts continue to attract great interest at auction, even if it is a great shame that veterans from these wars have to sell their medals during their own lifetime.

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Complete set of Gould’s Birds of Britain stars in our pick of five auction highlights this week

18 September 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare complete set of John Gould’s ‘Birds of Britain’ that doubled estimate in Gloucestershire.

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Toy specialist Aston’s to hold its last auction

14 September 2020

Aston’s Auctioneers & Valuers in Dudley is to close and its final sale – a sci-fi toy collection – will be held next month.

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Pick of the Week: Browning family archive sells in Somerset

14 September 2020

A cache of material related to the influential Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61) and her family sold for close to £50,000 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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An early television transmitter and a Mouseman cupboard are among the six lots to watch at auction this week

14 September 2020

With estimates from £200-15,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

British and Irish book auctions: September 15-26, 2020

14 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 15-26, 2020.

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Warrant appointing Napoleon’s ‘hideous’ jailer on St Helena returns to Sotheby's

14 September 2020

Napoleon’s view after first meeting on St Helena did not improve on closer acquaintance

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Fair ready for take-off in Petersfield

14 September 2020

Sara Hughes is delighted that her Vintage, Antiques and Militaria Fair at Petersfield’s Festival Hall is finally going ahead on Sunday, September 27, with 50 dealers.

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First edition of Thomas Malthus’ essay on population and first Ethiopian edition of the New Testament leads German auction

14 September 2020

Always likely to produce one of the sale’s best results, a 1798 first of Thomas Malthus’ 'Essay on the Principle of Population' duly led the bidding in a recent German sale.

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Copy of Proclamation of the Irish Republic takes €190,000 at Whyte’s

14 September 2020

In 1916 around 500 copies of the historic ‘Proclamation of the Irish Republic’ were printed, of which today just 30 or so survivors are recorded.

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Buffalo Bill silent film poster rides in to Chicago auctions

14 September 2020

This c.1912 poster from the Buffalo Bill-Pawnee Bill film Company advertises a three-reel silent film by Paul Panzer on the life of the Wild West showman and depicts him on horseback with a Native American family and a tepee.

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Oldest surviving FA Cup to be offered at auction at Bonhams

10 September 2020

The oldest surviving FA Cup, presented to the winning teams between 1896 and 1910 including Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, is to be offered with an estimate of £700,000-900,000 at Bonhams this month.

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Art Deco planters, Fabergé objects and a Steiff teddy bear are among the six lots to watch at auction this week

07 September 2020

With estimates from £800-15,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week including two pairs of Art Deco planters from a famous London building and a rare Steiff teddy bear.

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Snail Syrup for anyone?

07 September 2020

Bid to €10,000 (£9100) in a timed online sale at Fonsie Mealy (25/20% buyers premium) this summer was a two-volume collection of medical and other receipts compiled by Mrs Mary Leadbeater (1758-1826).

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Kiwi taxidermy quartet draw major interest at Windsor Auctions

07 September 2020

A Victorian taxidermy case of four New Zealand birds by Rowland Ward of Piccadilly sold for an unexpected £7000 (estimate £100-200) at Windsor Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) in Berkshire.

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Humphry Repton first edition on landscaping features at North Carolina auction

07 September 2020

On September 12 Brunk Auctions of Asheville, North Carolina, is holding a single-owner sale comprising the estate of William N Banks Junior from his Georgia property, Bankshaven.

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Another Edison light bulb moment

07 September 2020

Appropriately enough, the very first lot offered in a sale called Eureka! was one that focused on scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century, was an autograph manuscript of seven pages of annotated design drawings by Thomas Edison relating to his work on light bulbs.

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The web shop window: rare Bergman chess set

07 September 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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Object lesson from Wimbledon fair: glass eyes

07 September 2020

Though the first human in-socket artificial eyes were created by Venetian glassmakers c.16th century, the earliest evidence of ocular prosthesis was found in a female burial plot in Shahr-I Sokhta, Iran – dating back to 2900-2800 BC.

British and Irish book auctions: September 8-19, 2020

07 September 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from September 8-19, 2020.

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