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.

Gareth Edwards Barbarians shirt vs New Zealand in 1973

‘What a score’: Gareth Edwards ‘greatest ever try’ Barbarians jersey to be offered at auction

31 January 2023

Welsh auction house Rogers Jones has been instructed to sell the rugby jersey collection of Sir Gareth Edwards.

Maltese coffee pot

Maltese coffee pot at Salisbury auction shows appeal of island life

30 January 2023

Italianate coffee pots and covered sugar basins are the most recognisable domestic forms in Maltese silver. And they are much coveted.

Regimental officers’ dirk

‘We want to put militaria first’ in the US say UK auction house

30 January 2023

Kent auction house C&T has set up a US operation for militaria consignments.

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The key to value when it comes to selling Waterloo Medals

30 January 2023

With 39,000 of these campaign honours given out, which ones can generate extra demand and achieve higher prices?

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Rare Nixey enamel sign scrubs up well despite condition

30 January 2023

Although now long forgotten, the London family firm of Nixey’s was a household name in the second half of the 19th century

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Saleroom’s very local hero from just down the road

30 January 2023

Medals awarded to a gallant soldier who was gassed in the First World War were sold at auction just a few minutes’ walk from the house where he was born.

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Titanic survivor was luckier serving on land in wartime

30 January 2023

The personal stories behind medals are becoming increasingly relevant to collectors.

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Medal collectors increasingly keen on extras

30 January 2023

In its earliest days flying was frequently lethal, in and out of combat.

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Jane Austen, a compact collection sold at Dominic Winter auction

30 January 2023

Small group of the author’s ever-popular works makes a big impression at Gloucestershire saleroom

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Timely reminder of horses at war

30 January 2023

By the end of the First World War it has been estimated that over eight million horses had died.

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Ray Bradbury double offering

30 January 2023

Lot offers US editions of two science-fiction and fantasy classics by the US writer

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Early 19th century transformation game makes changes for comic effect

30 January 2023

An early 19th century transformation game featured at Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) in Nottingham as part of a January 17 sale.

British and Irish book auctions, January 30-February 9

30 January 2023

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Rare gold medal awarded to one of Nelson's Band of Brothers takes six-figure sum at auction

30 January 2023

Vice Admiral Davidge Gould was the last surviving member of Nelson’s Band of Brothers, dying in 1847

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5 Questions: Book dealer Thomas J Symonds

30 January 2023

Thomas J Symonds of Symonds Rare Books has been trading online since 2017 and previously had a shop in Dusseldorf (until 2002).

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Banner marking abolition of slavery bought at London auction

23 January 2023

Anti-slavery objects are enjoying a particularly strong moment in the market.

Diocletian gold 10 aurei coin

Roman medallion masterpiece claims imperial coin record

23 January 2023

A spectacular Roman gold medallion took a record price at the latest New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC).

Breeches Bible

‘Breeches’ Bible buoyant in Belfast with alluring New World pilgrim provenance

23 January 2023

Copies of the 1615 reprint of the Geneva or ‘Breeches’ Bible are not too scarce.

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Arms and armour: Personal touch gives 'warts and all' weapons the auction edge

23 January 2023

Specialist buyers turn out in force to bid for rusty ‘warts and all’ weapons amassed by dealer-collector

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Sussex militaria makes strong showing in auction on home turf

23 January 2023

A selection of militaria with solid Sussex interest appeared at Lewes saleroom Wallis & Wallis (22% buyer’s premium).

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