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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Famous canine Nipper finds his voice

02 January 2023

In these days of music-streaming, the once ubiquitous image of the mongrel Nipper listening to a gramophone is no longer such a familiar sight.

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Code machine not all it was cracked up to be

02 January 2023

A chance find proved to be very fortuitous for one of the consignors of the auction held by Schreiber (22% buyer’s premium) on November 5.

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Pick of the week: Take tea early with an Elers English caddy

02 January 2023

Although Dutchmen John and David Elers came to London sometime in the 1680s as silversmiths, the brothers are remembered today as the potters who brought fine unglazed stonewares to Staffordshire.

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The web shop window: A Victorian prisoners' ‘pillow’

02 January 2023

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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Dealer Hawkins to sell townhouses tempters

02 January 2023

Antiques dealer and taxidermy specialist Emma Hawkins is selling a collection from her townhouses in Edinburgh and London at Sotheby’s this month.

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Bizet and Caxton in the mix

02 January 2023

Highlights including signed opera score from a varied auction held in North Yorkshire

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Polar explorer Scott’s farewell in his own hand

02 January 2023

“We have been to the Pole and we shall die like gentlemen.”

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Don’t think twice, it’s all right to make a bid for Bob Dylan love letters

02 January 2023

Running to over 150pp in all, an archive of 42 love letters sent by Bob Dylan to a high school sweetheart, Barbara Ann Hewitt, featured in a November 17 Marvels of Modern Music sale held by RR Auctions of Amherst, New Hampshire.

British and Irish book auctions: January 4-26, 2023

02 January 2023

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Historic Pathé Frères films reeled in at auction

02 January 2023

A treasure trove for film aficionados was one of the highlights at Auction Team Breker (24.8% buyer’s premium) on November 5.

Jingle Bells

Christmas museum in Korea buys Jingle Bells sheet music at Wiltshire auction

22 December 2022

A 19th century printing of the sheet music to the famous Christmas song 'Jingle Bells' sold at a Devizes auction for £15,000.

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Viennese box boasts all-round benefits

19 December 2022

Comprehensive sewing kit, playing cards, mirror and pocketknife are among the attractions at Warwick sale

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Thai 10 Baht now worth £12,000

19 December 2022

This Thailand 10 Baht note appears to be a printer’s design that was unissued.

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He saw the Hand of God

19 December 2022

The soaring demand for sport memorabilia is evident from the result for the shirt of a player who did not even make it on to the pitch for a famous game.

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1966 and all that: when England made history

19 December 2022

A hat-trick of six-figure prices was achieved for England 1966 World Cup hero Alan Ball’s (1945-2007) winner’s medal, cup final shirt and World Cup cap.

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Unusual golf clubs chip in at regional firms

19 December 2022

The Higgs Deliverer ‘rake iron’ club was an attempt to solve a tricky golf problem: how to hit the ball out of sand, high grass or similar terrain.

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Panini Mexico 70 stickers are the pick of the bunch

19 December 2022

The Panini company, founded by two brothers in Modena in 1961, began life producing football cards of Serie A teams.

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Beano No 1 and less familiar titles which still in demand

19 December 2022

While a Beano No 1 will always take the headlines, not so well-known titles can also impress

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Scottish football shirt bought by a Texas Ranger

19 December 2022

A happy football fan in Texas – quite possibly with Caledonian roots – is now the proud owner of the first jersey to come to auction from Rangers’ 1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup triumph over Dynamo Moscow.

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Ephemera Fair discovers the joy of six

19 December 2022

Event will change next year to be held less frequently but with greater impact

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