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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WG Grace bowls over bidders

26 September 2022

Two albums of photographs taken by fellow cricketer and friend pitch in at four-figure sum.

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Banknotes mark end of an era

26 September 2022

Examples from the UK and Commonwealth featuring the late queen make mementoes.

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Plath’s dedicated poems take colossal price

26 September 2022

Inscribed to her husband and fellow poet, Ted Hughes, the dedication copy of the first and only collection of Sylvia Plath’s verses to be published in her lifetime, The Colossus and other Poems, sold for a record £75,000.

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Reese: mad about Melville

26 September 2022

The latest in a series of auctions to draw on the private library of one of the more prominent antiquarian book dealers of his generation, William S Reese (1955-2018), ran from September 1-14 at Christie’s New York (26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium).

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

26 September 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Toys steam away from Australian museum

26 September 2022

Davidson Auctions in Annadale, New South Wales, Australia, is dispersing the contents of the Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum.

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Original Bond artwork by McGinnis on offer

26 September 2022

Even if you do not know the name Bob McGinnis (b.1926) you will probably be familiar with his work.

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Trio sought after in specialised areas

26 September 2022

The sales at Stride & Son (21.6% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Chichester on September 1-2 included a trio of avidly contested items, each a rarity in three highly specialised collecting areas.

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Collector Interview: I am just nuts about nutcrackers

26 September 2022

Nutcracker collector and author aims to open a museum in his home country.

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Bidders track railway model maker Beeson

26 September 2022

Revered in the world of railway modelling, the name James Stanley Beeson (1906-90), better known as Stan Beeson, attracted well-heeled collectors and specialist dealers to Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale on July 27.

Parchment roundels

UK buyer sought for Elizabeth I roundels 

20 September 2022

A conjoined roundel manuscript given by the Archbishop of Canterbury to Queen Elizabeth I has been temporarily blocked from export in the hope a UK institution can raise the funds.

Dubliners

Big sales as Firsts and Tribal Art Fair open in London

19 September 2022

Major sales marked the opening days of two London fairs, Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair and Tribal Art London.

Books and works on paper auction calendar, September 20 to October 12, 2022

19 September 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Make a wicked £9500 bonus

19 September 2022

Bid to £9500 rather than the suggested £150-200 was a copy of the first, and possibly only edition ever seen at auction of William Knight’s A Concordance Axiomaticall…

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Fab Four sign in

19 September 2022

Heritage is holding a Beatles memorabilia sale in Dallas on September 24.

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Mapping America in Gloucestershire

19 September 2022

Doubling its mid-estimate to sell at £50,000, one of the top lots in a sale of September 7 was Paulo Forlani’s Il Disegno del discoperto della nova Franza…

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‘Well, I think we’re just out of Waldorfs’

19 September 2022

This camera script produced for the ‘Waldorf Salad’ episode from the second series of Fawlty Towers was offered by East Bristol Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) in a timed online sale that ended on August 23,

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Booker T Washington came Up from Slavery

19 September 2022

In 1902 the author Booker T Washington sent a typed and handwritten letter to the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie regarding his recently published work.

Cards

Propaganda playing cards star in our latest pick of five auction highlights

16 September 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a set of 52 playing cards that made over four-times estimate in Gloucestershire.

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First issue copy of Newton’s ‘greatest scientific work’ edges past top estimate

12 September 2022

Though around 30% of the 150 lots remained unsold, no fewer than eight of those offered in a held by Christie’s (15/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) in London brought six-figure bids.

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