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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Previews: £30,000 plus

25 March 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

Nobel prize gold medal awarded to Friedrich von Hayek

Online record for Sotheby’s as economist Friedrich von Hayek’s Nobel prize medal brings major bidding

22 March 2019

A new record for any item sold in an online-only sale at Sotheby’s was set when the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science awarded to Friedrich von Hayek (1899-1982) sold for £950,000.

1927 Christmas card from Bentley Motors

Motoring memorabilia originally owned by Bentley’s founder to be exhibited at Bonhams in London

21 March 2019

For just one day in April, Bonhams New Bond Street saleroom will host an exhibition in celebration of the centenary of the legendary car marque Bentley.

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Daphne Du Maurier archive for auction in Ely features unseen photos of young Queen Elizabeth II

19 March 2019

She wrote two of the 20th century’s great masterpieces of fiction. Now on the 30th anniversary of her death, letters and photos relating to ‘Rebecca’ and ‘Jamaica Inn’ author Daphne du Maurier will go under the hammer at an Ely auction house.

Cherokee chief

Rare Native American pictures by George Catlin come to auction in London

19 March 2019

A collection of watercolours, drawings and letters by American painter George Catlin (1796-1872) will be offered at Forum Auctions next week.

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Beans means bucks at auction – Heinz forks out on 18ct gold baked bean

18 March 2019

Beans manufacturer Heinz has paid a hammer price of £750 at auction for a special issue 18ct gold baked bean.

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The £14,000 folk art shop display certainly worth a butcher’s

18 March 2019

The exact function of carved and painted wood butcher’s shop dioramas is uncertain.

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Ice pick carried by geologist on Captain Scott's South Pole expedition sells for £22,000 at Cambridge auction

18 March 2019

The ice pick carried by geologist Frank Debenham (1883-1965) during the doomed Terra Nova British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13 sold for £22,000 (plus buyer’s premium) at Cheffins earlier this month. The estimate was just £200-400.

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Two sales in Gloucestershire and west London feature sizeable ornithological sections

18 March 2019

Ornithological books and artworks have played their part in the success of two recent sales and a selection of just a few of those lots begins with books from the Ladwell library.

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Medley of tastes on offer in California

18 March 2019

A Californian sale of March 7 certainly offered great variety in age, content and price range. Promoted as A Biblio-Medley for All Tastes, it ran to well over 500 lots across its printed and supplementary, online catalogues – with at least one lot, a volume of the works of Arthur Hallam, sold for just $10.

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Beano, Eagle, Sweethearts and Scoops in demand at Comic Book Auctions timed sale

18 March 2019

Though it sold just a touch under the lower estimate, a copy of the 1938 launch issue of Beano was the top lot in a Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) timed auction of March 3 held on thesaleroom.com.

British and Irish book auctions: March 19-30, 2019

18 March 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from March 19-30, 2019.

Henry Bradbury's Autotypography

Devon auction to offer library of renowned botanist

17 March 2019

Running to just 60 or so pages, a little promotional work called ‘Autotypography: Or Art of Nature-Printing...’ coming up for sale in Devon on March 26 proves to have a rather complex tale to tell.

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Joy Division sale makes “unprecedented” results as Peter Hook sells huge archives

16 March 2019

In 1977, three years before his untimely death, Joy Division’s singer songwriter Ian Curtis wrote the lyrics to ‘Failures’: “Wise words and sympathy/Tell the story of our history.”

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Unrecorded archive of well-connected Victorian gay rights activist Edward Carpenter makes eight times estimate at auction

15 March 2019

A previously undocumented archive of writings by Edward Carpenter, the well-connected socialist poet and gay rights pioneer, sold for a hammer price of £4200, more than eight times its upper estimate, at Bamfords in Derby this month.

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Lost Elgar masterpiece found in autograph book is heard for the first time in 100 years as it heads to auction

14 March 2019

A rediscovered melody by Sir Edward Elgar will be offered at auction in Lichfield after it was found in an autograph book.

Star Wars

Star Wars action figure prototype comes to auction

14 March 2019

A small piece of Star Wars action figure history comes for sale at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees next month.

David Bowie Starman demo tape

David Bowie demo tape for Starman sells for £41,000 at Merseyside auction

13 March 2019

A tape thought to contain “possibly the first ever demo version” of David Bowie’s 1972 hit ‘Starman’ drew strong competition at Omega Auctions’ latest sale.

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Medal fair includes rare 1920s Iraq honours

11 March 2019

Specialist auction house Dix Noonan Webb bought the dedicated Britannia Medal Fair in 2018 from the event’s previous owner, Mark Carter.

All tables booked at Kempton specialist arms fair

11 March 2019

'The Vintage and Classic Arms Fair' will run at Kempton Park Racecourse in Sunbury, Middlesex, on Sunday, March 24.

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