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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Fortune favours the bold designer Cappiello

16 January 2023

Among the most eagerly contested lots in a sale of vintage posters was a set of three unrestored advertising posters by the Tuscany-born, Paris-based Leonetto Cappiello (1875-1942).

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Dam Busters poster is stirring stuff

16 January 2023

Considered one of the best British movies about the Second World War, the British quad-sized poster for 'The Dam Busters' (1955) was not too bad either.

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Lust and found: van Gogh film poster

16 January 2023

Top price at the Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) poster auction on January 6 came for a design that was a work of art in itself.

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The web shop window: 'The funniest car mascot on the market’

16 January 2023

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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Famous owner of Steiff bulldog boosts toy value

16 January 2023

A collectors’ timed online sale at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) included a group lot of early 20th century juvenalia owned by a key figure in Second World War naval intelligence.

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5 Questions: Clare Wabe of Molly and Harlequin

16 January 2023

Clare Wabe of Molly and Harlequin specialises in antique maps and prints with a focus on natural history, though the stock ranges wider.

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Momentous lots of Irish history sold at Fonsie Mealy

16 January 2023

Easter Rising republic proclamation and Wolfe Tone’s revolutionary tract are sold on home turf.

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Mystery lot goes from £40-60 guide to £24,000

16 January 2023

A December 6 auction in Exeter was dominated by a lot estimated at just £40-60 but sold instead at £24,000.

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Presentation copy of Paddington Bear first edition sells to American bidder

16 January 2023

Having featured prominently on television in a specially made part of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Paddington Bear hardly needs any more publicity.

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Hoard of original Star Wars action figures discovered

09 January 2023

The Star Wars collecting world has been rocked by the discovery of a cache of original action figures still packed in original Kenner factory shipping boxes.

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Gillray drawing stars in a satirical selection

09 January 2023

Highlights from London auction also include art historian’s collection and extraordinary Orwell oddity

British and Irish book auctions: January 10-31, 2023

09 January 2023

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Transparencies bring to light the secrets of a French work

09 January 2023

Les Portes Fermées ou Les Doubles Surprises, a rare and tiny French work of c.1820, sold for £1600 at a Newcastle auction.

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Letter details horrors of ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’

09 January 2023

Thought by the auction house to be an early copy, a letter that details the horrors of the ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’ in 1756 was sold for £2900.

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European items abound in big collection

09 January 2023

On January 15-16 Andrew Jones in Los Angeles will offer over 550 lots of paintings, furniture and works of art comprising the collection of Jack and Ellen Phillips of California.

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Bijouterie shines and ceramics surprise in west London saleroom

09 January 2023

Eye-catching bijouterie attracted international buyers to Olympia Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) 320-lot European Works of Art sale.

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Paul Daniels sale creates touch of magic

09 January 2023

Collection amassed by the popular TV magician leaves bidders spellbound as nearly all items get away

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Top stories this week – including news of an auction record for a Dunhill ‘aquarium’ lighter

08 January 2023

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a Dunhill ‘Aviary’ lighter sparking a bidding battle at Chiswick Auctions.

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Dunhill ‘Aviary’ lighter sparks a bidding battle at Chiswick Auctions

02 January 2023

An auction record was set for an Alfred Dunhill ‘aquarium’ lighter at Chiswick Auctions.

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Herschel museum buys manuscript memoir

02 January 2023

Two Herschel family-related historic items – a Royal Society King’s medal and a manuscript memoir – have changed hands at auction and in a private sale.

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