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.

DNW challenges status quo with premium rise at numismatic sales

05 August 2019

Dix Noonan Webb (DNW) has become the first UK numismatics auction house to set its buyer’s premium beyond 20%. The London coins, medal and jewellery specialist will charge a premium of 24% from September.

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Dracula lobby cards from 1931 film taken to record high in Dallas

05 August 2019

Two lobby cards for the 1931 film ‘Dracula’ led Heritage Auctions’ latest sale of movie posters when each sold for a six-figure sum.

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Music poster group makes major hit at auction

05 August 2019

A lot comprising 31 posters plugging top groups and festivals from 1969-72 was the major hit at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) Photographs, Posters and Prints sale.

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Postcards showcase big names of the future

05 August 2019

In its active years, some 1200 students passed through the Bauhaus school. It marked the starting point of many an illustrious career as numerous members of the teaching staff went on to become the most important artists of their era.

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Buck’s 'The Good Earth' makes rare appearance in San Francisco

05 August 2019

Published in 1931, Pearl S Buck’s 'The Good Earth' was the best-selling novel in the US for both that and the following year, as well as the winner of a Pulitzer Prize.

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Adventures in the saleroom with Enid Blyton books

05 August 2019

A copy of 'The Island of Adventure' offered in a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) sale of June 19-20 sold for £360 – just £10 short of the auction record set for a copy it had offered back in 2006.

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Thai silver tea kettle bid to triple estimate at Leicestershire auction

05 August 2019

An exceptional example of Thai silversmithing has sold for £13,500 (plus 17.5% buyer’s premium) in Leicestershire.

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Earlier great leaps for mankind

05 August 2019

Pioneering astronomical works which appeared many centuries before the moon landing sell at auction.

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Robert Burns on song

05 August 2019

Shown below is a spread from a 120pp manuscript collection of Scottish songs with accompanying musical notation, on paper watermarked 1799, that sold at £600 in a Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale.

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Winnie-the-Pooh signed first edition sold in online auction

05 August 2019

Despite some minor loss to the head of 'When We Were Very Young', published in 1924 and a first edition of what are now collectively known as the ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ books, overall the set pictured below is an exceptionally well-preserved one.

British and Irish book auctions: August 5-17, 2019

05 August 2019

Our regular listings of British and Irish book auctions.

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James Bond’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5 comes to auction complete with ejector seat

03 August 2019

It has built-in machine guns, grenade storage, an ejector seat and it’s up for grabs. James Bond’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger and Thunderball is going under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s this month.

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Buyer’s premium rise for leading UK coin auctioneer

29 July 2019

Dix Noonan Webb (DNW) has become the first UK numismatics auctioneer to set its buyer’s premium beyond 20%. The London-based coins, medal and jewellery specialist will charge a premium of 24% from September.

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Rare 'travelling' doll’s house makes €48,000 at auction in Ireland

25 July 2019

A travelling doll's house, made in 1810 to entertain children on long journeys, fetched €48,000 (£42,800) hammer at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in Kilkenny, Ireland earlier this week.

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Extraordinary 'photo gun’ sets a house record by selling for £138,000 at Special Auction Services

24 July 2019

A ‘photo gun’ inspired by an African explorer has been snapped up for a hammer price of £138,000 at Special Auction Services, setting a house record for the Newbury saleroom.

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Colour photos of 'lost' Dr Who 'Power of the Daleks' episode soar at auction

24 July 2019

A collection of rare colour photographs from a ‘lost’ Dr Who episode proved the enduring appeal of the TV show’s memorabilia last week as it was bid to more than four times its high estimate.

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Apollo 11 footage tops Sotheby’s space auction on 50th anniversary of moon landing

24 July 2019

NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 mission topped Sotheby’s Space Exploration Sale held on the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

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Spider-Man's debut and other Silver Age rarities among massive Newcastle comics auction

23 July 2019

Newcastle-upon-Tyne auction house Anderson & Garland will begin the sale of a vast number of vintage comics this week.

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Notorious Ashes Dennis Lillee banned aluminium cricket bat scores £5200 at auction

23 July 2019

The Cricket World Cup final proved to be one of the most dramatic matches ever – and controversial. Should the Stokes bat-hitting accident have earned six points or five?

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Pick of the week: ‘Blonde bombshell’ poster makes big impact at auction

22 July 2019

A controversial Second World War poster by renowned designer Abram Games (1914-96) has sold for what is believed to be an auction record.

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