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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Dealer son of D-Day soldier acquires landings poster and returns to France for commemoration

06 June 2019

Nigel Talbot of Grosvenor Prints recently added the Second World War poster This is the Year to his personal collection.

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Polo commemorated in celebratory sale at sports memorabilia specialist Graham Budd Auctions

05 June 2019

Graham Budd Auctions is holding a special online auction commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first polo game to be played in England.

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New York auctions to celebrate the LGBTQ community and mark 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising

05 June 2019

As the Pride season begins this month with a series of events and parades in major cities to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Swann Auction Galleries are to hold auctions honouring the movement.

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Marilyn Monroe earrings, necklace and more memorabilia goes under the hammer in Beverley Hills

04 June 2019

In 1953, Marilyn Monroe told the world that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But a pair of rhinestone earrings going under the hammer next week with a five-figure estimate could prove to be pretty dear too.

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Bought for £5 in 1964: 'Lewis Chessmen' piece comes to auction with estimate of up to £1m at Sotheby’s

03 June 2019

Dating from the 12th and early 13th centuries, the Lewis Chessmen collection was rediscovered on Lewis in 1831 and is among the most famous archaeological finds.

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Pick of the week: Heavyweight bid as Aztec mosaic made of feathers sells to Paris museum

03 June 2019

A remarkable example of 16th century cross-culture art – a feather ‘mosaic’ picture made in Mexico for Christian conquerors – has been purchased at auction by the Musée du Quai Branly.

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Burne-Jones bares his soul in heartfelt letters offered at Cheffins' auction

03 June 2019

Tender letters from artist Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones to the daughter of his patron reveal the “emotional support” he craved.

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Fabulous fan decorated with diamonds and sapphires thought to be a Russian princess wedding gift is estimated at £30,000-50,000 at auction

03 June 2019

An extravagant fan decorated with diamonds and sapphires is to be offered in North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants.

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Collectors tune into Diss sale for mechanical music delights

03 June 2019

Best-seller and one of the biggest surprises at the white-glove sale of a mechanical music collection was a musical box, the catalogue entry of which could be summarised as ‘famous name, doesn’t work’.

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5 Questions: Book dealer Ben Kinmont

03 June 2019

Ben Kinmont specialises in antiquarian books on gastronomy in California and is among the exhibitors at 'Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair'.

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The web shop window: 'A Night in London' by photojournalist Bill Brandt

03 June 2019

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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Pet food signs serve up tasty sums

03 June 2019

Coming fresh to market from a corn merchant’s shop, seven early/mid- 20th century enamel signs extolling Spratt’s pet food for dogs, cats and canaries attracted UK collectors to Bishop & Miller’s (20% buyer’s premium) Stowmarket sale on May 17.

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When The Beatles soldiered on regardless

03 June 2019

As part of their first world tour, The Beatles played the Princess Theatre in Hong Kong twice in June 1964.

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Staying alive by the grace of god

03 June 2019

Pamphlet in later royal binding offers thanksgiving for James I’s survival of Gunpowder Plot.

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Candlesticks back in spotlight

03 June 2019

The hope at every house clearance came true for Reading auctioneer Chris Boreham when he unearthed this set of four Georgian silver rococo candlesticks at a local home.

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Aviation gives a £21,300 sale lift at Dominic Winter

03 June 2019

Part of the flying section of the most recent of the Military, Aviation & Transport History sales that are a regular feature of the calendar at Dominic Winter offered a collection of ephemera related to the earlier years of European civil aviation.

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Book sums up the ‘birth of modern business’

03 June 2019

A book billed as the work that marked the birth of modern business will be the subject of a single-lot auction at Christie’s New York on June 12.

British and Irish book auctions: June 3-15, 2019

03 June 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from June 3-15, 2019.

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Book events provide real rarity value

03 June 2019

Spotlight on some of the items coming up at the four book fairs all running in the same week.

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Lunar map to give you a Buzz at London Map Fair

03 June 2019

Over in Kensington Gore’s Royal Geographical Society, The London Map Fair includes an astronomical highlight to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk. The map, signed and inscribed by Buzz Aldrin, shows the lunar landing site, and is offered by The Map House for £7500.

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