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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Webb’s Seeds sign grows in value

23 August 2021

The pictorial enamel signs advertising Webb’s Seeds of Stourbridge are some of the most popular on the market.

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Private press sector comes to the fore in Gloucestershire auction

23 August 2021

Morris works and Sangorski & Sutcliffe bindings stand out in single-owner collection

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Expert shows cutting-edge skills

23 August 2021

In terms of improvement on expectations, the most successful lot at a Ketterer Kunst (25% buyer’s premium) sales earlier this year comprised early 19th century paper-cuts.

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Records of doomed North Pole balloon expedition sold at Swedish sale

23 August 2021

Two unpublished diaries sold in Sweden related to Salomon August Andrée’s ill-fated attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon.

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Gold medal for an England football debut doubles estimate at Fieldings' auction

23 August 2021

In the mid 1930s players making an England debut could receive a gold commemorative medal instead of their normal match fee.

British and Irish book auctions: August 24-September 11, 2021

23 August 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Piano restorer David Winston’s ‘unique’ collection comes to auction at Dreweatts

18 August 2021

Newbury saleroom Dreweatts is to offer an impressive private collection of rare pianos in the autumn.

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Bids tabled for £60,000 Prague pietra dura casket

16 August 2021

Eight phone bidders competed for this splendid ebony and pietra dura table casket offered at a recent auction at Claydon Auctioneers in Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire.

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Toys and collectables: Keeping it on track

16 August 2021

One of the finest European railway toy collections built in the US generated a suitably enthusiastic response when it came to auction.

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Pride of the snuff boxes from Lion collection

16 August 2021

A silver sale at Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) this summer included a selection of 24 snuff boxes from the Lion collection – as published in 'British Silver Boxes 1640-1840, The Lion Collection' (2015).

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Gospels manuscript makes 30-times guide price at Sotheby's

16 August 2021

Armenian manuscript demolishes estimate to take six figures in London saleroom

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Major Matchbox collection strikes a chord

16 August 2021

What was billed as ‘the finest Matchbox collection to be auctioned in recent years’ was offered at Vectis (20% buyer’s premium) in the spring.

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Treasure of an ‘impoverished enthusiast’ sells at Bloomsbury Auctions

16 August 2021

A richly illuminated leaf from a late 15th century manuscript account of the life of St Catherine sold at a high-estimate £30,000 at Bloomsbury Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Unsuccessful commercially, but now worth £5600 in the saleroom

16 August 2021

This Doll et Cie four-seater open touring car toy, c.1920s, is a live-steam model made in Germany.

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19th century bartender's 'bible' makes record in San Francisco sale

16 August 2021

Published in 1862, one exceptional lot in a Californian sale that focused on food and drink was billed as “The Canonical Text in Bartending”.

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Savoy cocktail book from 1930 makes rare appearance at auction

16 August 2021

Bid to £1500 in a Norfolk sale was a 1930 first of The Savoy Cocktail Book.

British and Irish book auctions: August 17-September 3, 2021

16 August 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Belgian Concorde dreams were grounded

16 August 2021

Demand for anything to do with Concorde is always high but a huge ‘museum quality’ model at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) had an extra touch.

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Tinplate Alfa Romeo sets the pace in Dorset auction

16 August 2021

A tinplate model of the Alfa Romeo P2 sped past a £500-1000 estimate to take £4600 at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) auction in Dorchester.

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Owner stories boost value of Pearson teddy bears

16 August 2021

Toys from the private collection of Sue Pearson, the UK’s leading dealer in antique and vintage teddy bears and soft toys, were offered in Newbury.

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