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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Kent connection counts at auction

22 March 2021

The medal group of a colonel believed to be the most heavily decorated Military Police officer in the history of the corps sold for a mid-estimate £2400.

Victorian fishing reel

Victorian fishing reel stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

19 March 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Victorian fishing reel that made over 10-times estimate in Dorset.

Wax seal matrix

Rare Scottish Stewart seal saved for nation

18 March 2021

A wax seal matrix bought at auction by National Museums Scotland has revealed how James V of Scotland (1512-42) treated one of his illegitimate sons.

Stuart Weitzman

Designer Stuart Weitzman’s treasures at Sotheby’s could set records for any coin and stamp

16 March 2021

Sotheby’s is staging a three-lot sale of exceptional items from the collection of luxury shoe designer Stuart Weitzman this summer.

The Mouseman of Kilburn carving

Pick of the week: Mouseman figures squeak for themselves

15 March 2021

The highlight of a £75,000, 30-lot private collection of Robert Thompson oak carvings sold by Tennants was an anthropomorphic figure of The Mouseman of Kilburn.

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Scurvy doctor's grant of arms makes four times estimate in Colchester

15 March 2021

This Georgian grant of arms document on vellum was presented to the celebrated Scottish physician Gilbert Blane (1749-1834) after his creation as a baronet by The Prince Regent in 1812.

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Map shows heartfelt emotion

15 March 2021

Sold at $34,000 (£25,185) apiece, two very different lots headed the bidding in a New York sale of December 17.

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Wurlitzer steams into action

15 March 2021

Mechanical music will be going under the hammer on March 20 as part of the Miller & Miller auction in New Hamburg, Ontario.

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Daily life and world history in one

15 March 2021

A magnificent copy of Liber chronicarum, or ‘Nuremburg Chronicle’ as it is more familiarly known, made a record $350,000 (£265,150) at Bonhams New York.

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Sale explores early America

15 March 2021

Published in Paris, a 1613 first edition of a pioneering American exploration work sold for $160,000 (£114,285) in Philadelphia.

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New York buyers curious about Dickens

15 March 2021

Almost a hundred lots in a New York sale came from the extensive Dickens collections assembled over four decades by Martin Nason.

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Dublin corkscrews and wine ewers draw strong competition at Adam’s

15 March 2021

Georgian silver bow corkscrews by Dublin makers are rare beasts and appeal to both silver collectors and helixophiles.

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Huge baths picture makes a big splash

15 March 2021

At nearly 7ft high, a fine example of a four-sheet coloured lithograph of the Sutro Baths sold for $10,000 (£7355).

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Talk of the London taverns as silver wares get snapped by dealers

15 March 2021

A recent sale at Dawsons’ (23% buyer’s premium) sale in Maidenhead included two George IV tablewares by Edward Farrell chased and embossed with tavern scenes in the manner of Dutch genre painting.

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British musical Leppard spotted in Indiana

15 March 2021

Though a Bösendorfer grand piano topped bidding at $42,500 (£31,250) in a January 16 sale, the main attractions for many came from a different source.

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Books and works on paper: Grimm and wonderful buys

15 March 2021

Famous brothers’ fairy tales take top spot in an exceptional selection of children’s works.

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Snuff box bidding battle in York

15 March 2021

This George III silver table snuff box by Phipps and Robinson, London 1814, is engraved to the cover with a plan of the battle of Talavera in the Peninsular War.

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Medical pioneer’s library sold at Bonhams New York

15 March 2021

Offered at Bonhams New York (27.5/25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) was a first selection from the medical library of James Tate Goodrich (1946-2020).

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Beast from the East Midlands

15 March 2021

This Victorian silver and enamel cigarette box is decorated to the lid with humorous scene from John Surtees’ Jorrocks, Jaunts and Jollities.

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Howzat for an intriguing portrait

15 March 2021

Young cricket player stars among the varied lots from estate of journalist and author

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