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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A babe, a beast and Edgar Rice Burroughs bring six-figure result for Frazetta painting at US auction

14 August 2018

Frank Frazetta’s painting Escape on Venus does not feature any of the pirates, zombies or ugly communists that appear in the story it accompanies. Still, the picture easily attracted enough attention to make it the top lot at a recent Heritage Auctions sale.

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US 'library theft' case postponed until October

13 August 2018

The hearing in the case of two men accused of a massive US library theft has been postponed until October 12.

British and Irish book auctions: August 14-25, 2018

13 August 2018

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from August 14-15, 2018.

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Cricketers bowl up at Aussie sale

13 August 2018

The strong suit in the extensive cricket section of Abacus Auctions’ (18% buyer’s premium) Sporting Memorabilia sale in Melbourne on July 22 proved to be a collection of early 20th century autographed real photo postcards of test cricketers that were offered individually.

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Bird brains: saleroom sells large African taxidermy dioramas

13 August 2018

As both a collecting and a decorating sphere, taxidermy is one of the major growth areas over the past decade.

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19th century rarity may produce some magic at Chicago sale

13 August 2018

Potter & Potter, specialist in auctions of magic memorabilia, is holding its summer sale in Chicago on August 25.

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The alternative Quentin Blake revealed at auction

13 August 2018

Preparatory and other unused drawings relating to Roald Dahl classics come to auction

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Original working manuscripts show evolution of Darwin

13 August 2018

Two of only 11 leaves of the original, working manuscript of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species… known to remain in private hands were sold at auction in London last month.

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The Starke but not the naked truths

13 August 2018

Sold for £2500 in a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) sale of July 25 was an enormous archive of work produced in the 1950s and ‘60s by Leslie Starke (1905-74), a cartoonist once very popular in both the UK and US.

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Limerick features an owl of anguish

13 August 2018

Illustrated with coloured engravings, The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women is a work of 1821 that is “thought to be the first printed book of Limericks”.

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Striking binding of Thomas Gray work

13 August 2018

A selection of fine or unusual bindings seen at auction during the summer months will feature more prominently in a future issue, but shown here is a 1751 first of Thomas Gray’s An Elegy Wrote in a Country Church Yard in a striking later binding that was among lots offered at Chiswick Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium) on July 12.

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Art Deco hits the big screen

13 August 2018

Sold at £620 in a July 2 sale held by Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) was a leather-bound promotional catalogue issued by the Walturdaw Cinema Supply Co of Birmingham.

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Egypt recovers Islamic manuscript spotted in Bonhams auction

09 August 2018

A rare Islamic manuscript consigned to a Bonhams auction in London has been returned to Egypt in the latest example of Egyptian authorities succeeding in retrieving artefacts from abroad.

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UK books trade on alert after US library theft

06 August 2018

Rare books and prints valued at millions of dollars remain at large in the international market in the wake of a US library theft.

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The game gun owned by both Louis XVI and Napoleon

06 August 2018

On the day that the Bastille was stormed Louis XVI famously recorded “rien” (nothing) in his game book.

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Golfing memorabilia dealers get into the swing of things

06 August 2018

The set of flicker books published c.1930 titled 'Drive and Mashie', 'Brassie and Iron' and 'Out the Rough and Putt', were once used as teaching aids for golfers.

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New gallery kicks off with library of computing through the ages

06 August 2018

One of the earlier big attractions of the new season will be the September 18-19 auction at Sotheby’s of the Erwin Tomash library on the history of computing.

British and Irish book auctions: August 7-18, 2018

06 August 2018

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from August 7-18, 2018.

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Corkscrews bring cheers to Henry Aldridge saleroom

06 August 2018

Two French corkscrews were the top lots of Henry Aldridge & Son’s auction of the first tranche of a single-owner collection of around 450 examples.

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Pistol and war hammer highlight at Bonhams

06 August 2018

A rare and early combination of a war hammer and pistol was a highlight of the Bonhams (25/12.5% buyer’s premium) sale in Knightsbridge on May 23, selling for £24,000.

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