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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Old Angus meets miniatures at Hansons

09 November 2020

Whisky big and small was a winner at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) in Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

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Durbar parades across a shop window

09 November 2020

A collection of more than 580 figures representing participants in the 1903 Delhi Durbar comprises the bulk of this month’s exhibition at Bristol jeweller Grey-Harris & Co.

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CADA takes to Instagram for Christmas

09 November 2020

The Cotswolds Art and Antiques Dealers Association (CADA) is taking to Instagram to give its members a boost before the festive season.

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Pair of striking French posters in the US

09 November 2020

Pictured here are two inter-war French posters advertising motoring products that will feature in poster auctions taking place in the US this month.

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Castarede Armagnac shows class at Tate Ward

09 November 2020

Tate Ward in Shoreditch, London, was set up in 2019. Among the lots coming up in its Fine Wine and Spirits sale on December 7 is a bottle of 1893 Castarede Armagnac.

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Mirrors reflect the Mollys local magic

09 November 2020

Irish auction house Victor Mee (19% buyer’s premium) holds regular sale of pub memorabilia and collectables but the online-only October 5-6 offering was on another level.

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Red alert: Macallan matured for 78 years

09 November 2020

The oldest bottle released from The Macallan Distillery – and the oldest age statement whisky ever offered at auction – has sold for a premium-inclusive £756,400 in London.

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‘Dramatic rise in whisky prices’, says Lawrences' specialist

09 November 2020

Whisky has been a booming market in recent years, says Simon Jones, associate director at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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Rioja ready to take away

09 November 2020

Henry Adams in West Sussex will hold The December Auctions Fine Wines & Spirits sale on December 17.

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Quaret adds up to four-figure sum

09 November 2020

This lot comprising four whiskies estimated at £30-50 ended up selling for £1050 at Sheffield Auction Gallery (20% buyer’s premium) on October 30.

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Crude and rude for more than 40 years – Viz No1 comic comes to auction

09 November 2020

Fat Sod, Skinhead, Colin the Amiable Crocodile and Victor Pratt the Stupid Twat were introduced to the public in the form of a comic offered in a Newcastle pub in December 1979. Forty-one years later that comic is still going strong: Viz.

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Label measures up to take Laphroaig to high value

09 November 2020

A “10-year-old Laphroaig, something still readily available today” had a little bit of extra appeal when it came up for sale in west London, however.

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Phwoarrrr - first ever Viz comic comes up for sale

07 November 2020

Fat Sod, Skinhead, Colin the Amiable Crocodile and Victor Pratt the Stupid Twat were introduced to the public in the form of a comic offered in a Newcastle pub in December 1979.

Dominion petrol pump globe

1930s petrol pump globe stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

06 November 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Dominion petrol pump globe from c.1937 that sold five-times over estimate in Chippenham.

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Public cash call to help keep Armada maps in the UK

03 November 2020

The National Museum of the Royal Navy hopes to raise £600,000 to stop the export of a group of hand-drawn Armada maps to an overseas buyer.

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Remembering the Great War’s ‘first black officer’

02 November 2020

A First World War ‘dead man’s penny’ memorial plaque awarded to a soldier believed to be the first black officer commissioned into a British army regiment during the conf lict and the first black officer casualty is coming up at auction.

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Illuminating an African royal dynasty in India

02 November 2020

An early 19th century royal manuscript produced for the Nawab of Sachin, c.1830, was given the Antiques Trade Gazette prize for Outstanding Indian or Islamic Work of Art from an Auction House when the annual Asian Art in London awards were announced last week.

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Christie's hope for a big hit with Boycott's ‘100th 100’ bat

02 November 2020

Christie’s is staging a sale of cricketing memorabilia from the collection of Sir Geoffrey Boycott in a timed online sale that closes on November 16.

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Comics: Spider-Man and Fantastic Four thrill bidders

02 November 2020

Spider-Man has made a couple of successful appearances in recent UK sales.

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Collector interview: 'Why I'm favouring home-grown comics over high-profile US versions'

02 November 2020

Richard Sheaf, 44, is a collector and daily blogger on British comics.

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