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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Frankenstein vs The Invisible Man: two classic horror film posters go under the hammer at Heritage

07 July 2020

Turning a tidy profit for Universal Studios and spawning multiple sequels and spinoffs, the 1931 Frankenstein is enduringly popular.

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Ericsson ‘grinder’ telephone dials in at £10,500

06 July 2020

Estimated at just £60-80, a rare Ericsson telephone sold for £10,500 (plus 17% buyer’s premium) at Wessex Auction Rooms in Chippenham.

British and Irish book auctions: July 7-23, 2020

06 July 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from July 7-23, 2020.

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5 Questions: bookseller John Martin of Mayfly Ephemera

06 July 2020

Dealer John Martin runs Mayfly Ephemera. Available via ebay and on the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) website.

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Album of watercolours sold for £52,000 shows view of sailors greeting friendly natives

06 July 2020

Presenting some 434 lots and with a total not far short of £1m, a recent sale held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) included a rich enough string of successes to outshine a few of the more highly valued lots left unsold.

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Squirrels taxidermy diorama is a big deal

06 July 2020

The 252-lot Natural History and Taxidermy auction at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) on June 19 included this Victorian anthropomorphic diorama of card-playing, cigar-smoking red squirrels, c.1870-1900.

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Portobello dealer’s collection of kitchenalia and more proves a sell-out at Newbury auction

06 July 2020

Joan Dunk (1930-2019) was a Portobello Road market stalwart. Her stall, for decades an outside pitch on the corner of Westbourne Grove, was affectionately known as IDA – the trade name of an early 20th century German kitchen equipment manufacturer which she adapted to mean ‘Interesting Domestic Appliances’.

ATG letter: Legends of the late Laurie Langford

06 July 2020

MADAM – It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Laurie Langford, the renowned maritime antique dealer (Obituary, ATG No 2448).

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Sought-after Airfix set stars in our pick of five auction highlights this week

03 July 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an Airfix scale model Attack Force battle set complete in its original packaging that made over 30-times estimate in Suffolk.

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Norman Whiteside football memorabilia collection to be sold in Surrey auction

01 July 2020

Pub quiz time: who was the youngest player to appear in a World Cup, the youngest to score in a League Cup Final and FA Cup Final, made his debut for Manchester United at 16 and was their youngest captain at the age of 20?

British and Irish book auctions: June 30-July 17, 2020

29 June 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book sales.

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Winter auction goes supersize

29 June 2020

South Cerney sale of nearly 900 lots mirrors the huge offerings held in Germany

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Putting Berlin on the Islamic globe

29 June 2020

The sky was (almost) the limit at the recent sale at Bassenge (28% buyer’s premium) in Berlin when an Islamic celestial globe came up for sale.

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Early French books of hours on top as Paris reopens

29 June 2020

The Paris auction centre Drouot opened its doors again last month in France following the lockdown.

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Poster showing life on the ocean waves sails into saleroom

29 June 2020

A memento of the last great age of transatlantic ocean travel can be found at the sale of Peter Karbstein in Düsseldorf on July 11.

Nobel Prize and bindings combine to impress

29 June 2020

Christie’s (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) recent sale in Paris of books and manuscripts was led at €125,000 (£113,635) by a Nobel Prize for Literature medal awarded in 1947, just four years before his death, to the essayist, critic, novelist and dramatist André Gide.

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Top-selling Titanic poster stars in our pick of six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

26 June 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a rare White Star Line poster publicising the Olympic and Titanic ships – ‘the largest steamers in the world’.

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Stanley Gibbons unveils refurbished Strand showroom

26 June 2020

Stanley Gibbons Group, which runs philately auctioneer-dealer Stanley Gibbons, numismatic dealership Baldwin’s and auction joint venture Baldwin’s of St James’s, will shortly reopen its newly refurbished shop and head office at 399 Strand in central London.

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Inscribed first edition of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone makes £100,000

22 June 2020

One of the few first-edition copies of 'Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone' inscribed and signed by JK Rowling has sold at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh for £100,000 (plus 25% premium).

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Militaria: Bismarck’s visor cap leads auction selection of military uniforms

22 June 2020

Military uniforms reached their ornamental peak in the 19th century Western Europe – with the leaders of the day sharing in their ostentation

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