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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Top stories this week including news of a rusty sword selling for over 500 times estimate

14 July 2024

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of a lengthy bidding contest coming for an Indian tulwar sword after bidders identified the importance of the hilt decoration.

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‘Holy grail’ Sex Pistols single makes record

12 July 2024

Rare copy of the most censored record in British history sells at Wiltshire auction


Largest ever dinosaur skeleton at auction expected to fetch up to €5m

12 July 2024

Apatosaurus known as 'Vulcain' is to be offered at auction in Paris in November

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Teenage Princess Victoria’s sketches fetch £3200

11 July 2024

Four drawings by the future monarch found their way into an album perhaps assembled by her portrait artist's daughter-in-law

The Battle of Loos painting

Artillery museum shells out at auction to secure First World War battle scene

10 July 2024

The Royal Artillery Museum has emerged as the winning bidder for a rare eyewitness view of a First World War battle sold at a recent auction in Farnham.

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Car boot Bowie bonanza comes to Derbyshire sale

10 July 2024

Photos of David Bowie by Masayoshi Sukita found at a car boot sale in the 1990s are now a potential star turn at Irita Marriott Auctioneers

Napoleon Pistol

Pistols Napoleon wanted to use on himself make £1.4m

09 July 2024

The pistols were presented by Napoleon to his friend and Grand Ecuyer Armand de Caulaincourt to thank him for his loyalty


Original Harry Potter artwork takes a magical $1.6m result

08 July 2024

The original artwork for 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' sold at Sotheby’s for $1.6m (£1.3m) plus 20% buyer’s premium in New York on June 26.


Inscription helps Holtby result

08 July 2024

Little-known work by the Yorkshire author dating from 1927 is boosted by dedication to Suffragette friend

Books and works on paper auction calendar, July 10-August 3, 2024

08 July 2024

Our regular listing of UK and Irish books and works on paper auctions


Tulwar sword hilt with tiger stripes reveals Tipu tempter

08 July 2024

With a rusty blade and seemingly anonymous scabbard, an ornate hilt was the key as to why an Indian tulwar sword estimated at £100-200 instead sold for a huge hammer price of £109,500 (plus 22% buyer’s premium).


Torpedo bottle hits £5000 hammer

08 July 2024

Storing a bottle of carbonised mineral water upright often caused the cork to dry out, the gas to escape and the drink to go flat. Persuading a chemist or grocer to store them horizontally proved difficult until the adoption of William Hamilton’s egg-shaped or torpedo bottle.


ATG letter: Third things first – it’s a William not a George

08 July 2024

At the risk of sounding pedantic, the coin illustrated on the Back Page (ATG No 2651) regarding Tim Millett’s book on engraved coins is a coin of William III (not George III), so some hundred years earlier than stated.


Elvis Presley’s blue suede shoes make £95,000 at auction

05 July 2024

The size 10½ shoes were worn on the Steve Allen Show in 1956 and carried an estimate of £100,000-120,000.

Freddie Mercury Shoes

Bidders go mad for Freddie Mercury’s winkle-picker shoes

04 July 2024

The black leather lace-up shoes with pointed toes worn for 1991 music video ‘I’m Going Slightly Mad’.

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Medals from an Anzac war hero take 30 times top estimate at auction

04 July 2024

How the personal story of an Anzac war hero boosted the value of a common group of medals offered at auction to 30 times the top estimate.

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Newcastle United FA Cup winner’s medal sells for £7800

03 July 2024

The medal which was awarded 100 years ago was sold at Newcastle auction house Anderson & Garland

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First naval Victoria Cross of the First World War comes to London saleroom

02 July 2024

The first naval Victoria Cross of the First World War is coming to auction as part of an extensive collection on offer at London saleroom Noonans on July 23.

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Rare 18th century Neapolitan crèche figures take off at auction and fly back to Napoli

01 July 2024

Arriving in boxes, a quantity of Italian Nativity figures were delivered to Anna Evans, head of sale and specialist at south London saleroom Roseberys, with Christie’s lot labels dated 1982 still attached.

Books and works on paper auction calendar, July 3-31, 2024

01 July 2024

Our regular listing of UK and Irish books and works and paper sales