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.


Pick of the week: EH Shepard's Wind in the Willows drawing sells with a swagger at auction

19 December 2022

Since its first publication in 1908, Kenneth Grahame’s 'The Wind in the Willows' has appeared in various editions and reprints illustrated by nearly 50 artists.


Big catches in angling collection

19 December 2022

Bonhams New York (27.5/26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) had bidders hooked by the angling books included in its wide-ranging November 15 auction.


Olympic swimmer Rose set a gold standard

19 December 2022

Murray Rose (1939-2012) became the youngest Olympian to win three gold medals during one Games, aged just 17 in 1956.


Washington letters sell but constitution on hold

19 December 2022

“Yesterday put an end to the business of the Federal Convention. Enclosed is a copy of the Constitution it agreed to recommend.”


Olympic Games collection comes up in Cardiff saleroom

19 December 2022

Anthemion (20% buyer’s premium) in Cardiff offered an extensive selection of Olympic Games memorabilia at auction.


Ascot Gold Cups gallop in on same day

19 December 2022

While Ascot Gold Cups are not uncommon, the sight of two heading down the home straight to a rostrum finish on the same day was definitely rare.


Collector interview: Museum plays its part covering the modern-day movers and shakers

19 December 2022

ATG talks to two collectors exhibiting works The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter


Famed E&J Burke baseball and beer poster emerges in Berkshire auction

19 December 2022

The authorities in Qatar may not think so, but beer and sport can perform rather well together.

Darwin manuscript

News in Brief – including the sale of a Darwin autograph manuscript

19 December 2022

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the auction of a Darwin autograph manuscript at Sotheby’s.

British and Irish book auctions: December 20-February 23

19 December 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.


Mars collection lands in Manhattan

19 December 2022

Anyone familiar with HG Wells’ 'War of the Worlds' knows that the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one – but the things that do make it come with some serious firepower.


Pick of the week: Gem supplied to Catherine II was found in a biscuit tin

12 December 2022

When Hartleys’ valuer Daisy Hodgson was rummaging through an old biscuit tin in a family home in north London she spotted something that she thought might have great potential.


Put in the hours for the rewards

12 December 2022

Illuminated manuscript c.1470 is a highlight in Gloucestershire saleroom


Butterflies send collectors all of a flutter

12 December 2022

A very fine Victorian butterfly collection formed between c.1880-1920 was offered by Minster Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Leominster on November 24.


George Richardson: a man with high standards

12 December 2022

The sale at Minster Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Leominster on November 24 included a copy of an important work on neoclassical interiors.


Sizeable Chicago sale led by a huge 7ft wide city map

12 December 2022

The creation of James T Palmatary, the engraved and framed birds-eye view or plan of Chicago of 1857 pictured above is almost 7ft wide.

Books and works on paper auction calendar: December 13-January 12, 2022

12 December 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

Steve Bloomer card

Super-rare cigarette card of legendary football star Steve Bloomer fuels five-figure bid

05 December 2022

A rare cigarette card featuring one of England’s top goal-scorers sold for a spectacular £25,900.

Cadbury's sign

Pick of the week: Cadbury’s advertising signs takes a tasty five figures

05 December 2022

It was, said the catalogue, “a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a top end sign in such remarkable condition”.

Great Yarmouth Punch and Judy figures

That’s the way to do it if you buy Punch and Judy at auction

05 December 2022

Punch and Judy shows in Britain date back to as early as 1662 – recorded by Pepys – with origins in the charismatic 16th century Italian puppet Pulcinella.