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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Rare glimpse of Inca culture

17 October 2022

First and only published volume of South American work appears in London saleroom

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The web shop window: Francis Bacon poster for Tate 1962 exhibition

17 October 2022

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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Torn jacket but a tidy sum

17 October 2022

Though the dust jacket featuring one of Pauline Baynes’ illustrations for the book is torn with loss and exhibits a number of patched repairs, a 1950 first edition of 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' did sell for £1100 against a guide of £500-700 on October 6 at Buckinghamshire saleroom Bourne End Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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Example of the world’s first functioning lighter offered in Germany

17 October 2022

Among the eye-catchers at Wendl in Rudolstadt from October 27-29 is an example of the world’s first functioning lighter.

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Old bottles contain plenty of appeal for collectors at Canterbury auction house

17 October 2022

Forty years after he began identifying Victorian rubbish heaps then digging in them, a Kent collector’s faith in the saying ‘where there’s muck there’s glass’ was vindicated when fellow enthusiasts demolished estimates on scores of his old bottles.

British and Irish book auctions: October 18-30, 2022

17 October 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Coins discovered under kitchen floor in Yorkshire home sell for over £600,000 at auction

15 October 2022

A group of coins found under the floor of an 18th century house in Yorkshire have sold at Spink.

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War dog Rob's 'animal VC' Dickin Medal sells for record £140,000 in London auction

13 October 2022

A ‘Victoria Cross’ for animals awarded to Rob, a black-and-white collie-retriever who served with paratroops and the SAS, has sold for a world record £140,000 at auction.

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Book dealer William Reese bought in UK/US deal

10 October 2022

Two leading book dealers have come together to jointly buy the eponymous William Reese Company and its 40,000 stock of books.

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Record gasoline sign escaped fate as a septic tank lid

10 October 2022

Enthusiasts who feel British enamel advertising signs are becoming overpriced may spare a thought for collectors in the US.

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Fine crop of agricultural works from the Glaisdale library

10 October 2022

Collection gathered in by a local farmer comes to auction in North Yorkshire

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Fabulous flintlock firearm at Christie’s

10 October 2022

Christie’s sale titled Art of the Islamic & Indian Worlds on October 27 includes a magnificent flintlock jezail, c.1823-33.

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Moxon Junior shaped up to be a talented son of Joseph

10 October 2022

Illustrated here is a complete deck of James Moxon’s ‘Geometrical’ cards, each bearing figures of scientific instruments and dating from the mid-1690s.

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Happy news for salerooms: not the end of Spider-Man

10 October 2022

Four auction records were set in the first 90 minutes of a recent four-day comics and comic art auction conducted by Heritage (20% buyer’s premium).

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English scent bottle emerges in Chicago from a Kansas City collector

10 October 2022

A single-owner collection of 42 gold boxes and objects of vertu from the estate of a Kansas City collector is to be offered by Hindman on October 18.

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Dinosaur on the road to the rostrum

10 October 2022

Giquello et Associés is selling this fossilised skeleton of Zephyr from the Iduanodon family of dinosaurs which is more than 150 million years old.

British and Irish book auctions: October 11-27, 2022

10 October 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Sports medals: FA Cup hero and a show-jumping legend

10 October 2022

The game between Arsenal v Manchester United in 1979 provided one of the greatest finishes in FA Cup final history.

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Firsts finds its feet at the Saatchi Gallery

10 October 2022

A first edition of 'Wealth of Nations' by Adam Smith was one of the star sales at Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair, which was back up to full power for its second staging at the Saatchi Gallery.

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Rare copy of Jane Austen’s Emma to go on display in the UK after US buyer agrees loan deal via book dealer

06 October 2022

A rare copy of Jane Austen’s Emma will go on display at Chawton House, the former home of the novelist’s brother, after an arrangement was agreed with the US buyer of the book and dealer Peter Harrington.

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