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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Gandhi’s digits make five figures

13 September 2021

One of the more unusual lots that I have encountered in recent times is a piece of card bearing the only known example of Mahatma Gandhi’s fingerprints.

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Rome and India emerge in London

13 September 2021

Highlights of Chiswick Auctions earlier this summer

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Matchbook making at Sims Reed

13 September 2021

Mass-produced in America for several decades from the 1930s onwards, so-called ‘matchbooks’ were used to advertise alcohol in the post-prohibition era.

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Maltby Millennium chess set checks in at Ewbank’s

13 September 2021

The studio potter John Maltby (1936-2020) created this chess set shown right for the Millennium celebrations at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham.

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Football memorabilia highlights: Beckham, Best, Ramsey, Matthews and ‘the greatest fight in English football’

07 September 2021

A selection of football memorabilia coming up at auction or sold recently – plus a Sir Stanley Matthews tea set from a dealer.

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Gun used to kill Billy the Kid sets auction record for any firearm

06 September 2021

The gun Pat Garrett used to kill Billy the Kid has been sold for a world auction record for any firearm at Bonhams in Los Angeles.

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Pantastic poster on offer at York National Book Fair

06 September 2021

This poster was used in the promotion of the first-ever stage production of Peter Pan.

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George III ultra cameo coin comes to Harmers

06 September 2021

Although an auction house since 1918, stamps specialist Harmers is a relative newcomer to the London numismatic sales.

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Silver celebration of a treasured plant at Baldwin’s

06 September 2021

Cyrene, founded by Greeks c.631BC in the uplands near present-day Shahhat in Libya, reached the height of its prosperity in the 5th century BC.

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Coins: Inside knowledge as major fair set to open this month

06 September 2021

With Coinex set to be the first major indoor ‘antiques’ fair staged in London since March 2020, we take a look at the prestigious event plus auctions planned to coincide

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Travel to Stonehenge via Skye

06 September 2021

Many of the lots in a June 16 sale of books, maps and pictures held by Thomson Roddick (18% buyer’s premium) in Carlisle came from the collections of the late Dr George Kozikowski of Skye, a microbiologist, archaeologist and antiquarian of Polish descent.

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One of the first coins struck in North America offered at Morton & Eden

06 September 2021

A tin of coins and medals consigned to Morton & Eden’s autumn sale included a number of early pieces from the American colonial period.

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Charles I coin with ‘bare head’ bust emerges at Sovereign Rarities

06 September 2021

The sale at Sovereign Rarities on September 21 includes this Charles I (1625-49), silver pattern unite (20 shillings) dated 1630.

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Coin showing formidable Roman rival in his pomp offered at Roma Numismatics

06 September 2021

Mithradates VI was ruler of the Hellenistic kingdom of Pontus in northern Anatolia from 120-63BC and one of the Roman republic’s most formidable and determined opponents.

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Steve Jobs signature is a write rarity

06 September 2021

Apple founder Steve Jobs rarely signed autographs so a signature from the man behind the Apple computer, the iPod and the iPhone, is in hot demand.

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Newark-minted ‘money of necessity’ at Dix Noonan Webb

06 September 2021

Siege money or ‘money of necessity’ was minted in Newark in 1646 during the town’s third siege and the last year of the First English Civil War.

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Comics fulfil auction promise

06 September 2021

Collection now up for sale was owned by soldier killed in Korea but kept safe by his brother

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Buyer’s Noble intention pays off

06 September 2021

Having secured his prize for a notably higher than estimate sum, the buyer of a ‘Fireball XLV’ artwork told Malcolm Phillips of Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) that very few artworks by its creator, Mike Noble, ever come to auction.

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Insurance broker's remarkable Elizabethan rarities offered at St James’s Auctions

06 September 2021

Starting his collection with a 1568 sixpence purchased in Swanage in 1957, marine insurance broker Christopher Comber (1944-2019) formed a remarkable collection of Elizabeth I coins.

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