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.

British and Irish book auctions: May 28-June 8, 2019

27 May 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from May 28-June 8, 2019.

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Only Fools and Horses millionaire cheque and other props come to auction in Bristol

24 May 2019

The £6.2m cheque that finally made the Trotter brothers millionaires is to be offered at auction in June.

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David Bowie’s rejected debut album tracks sell for double estimate figure at Merseyside auction

24 May 2019

Tracks recorded by David Bowie for his 1967 debut album that were later rejected have been sold at auction for a hammer price of £16,000.

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Salvaged ‘Whisky Galore’ bottles from the 1940s go under the hammer at Bonhams in Edinburgh

24 May 2019

When the 8000-ton cargo ship SS Politician left Liverpool for Jamaica and New Orleans in 1941 it was carrying 28,000 cases of malt whisky. Two days later it sank in the Outer Hebrides.

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Portcullis brooches boost value of Suffragette hunger strike medal sold in Somerset saleroom

24 May 2019

With so many Suffragette medals on the market during the past year and a half, coinciding in 2018 with the centenary of votes for women in the UK, it is the added extras that can make all the difference to auction price.

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Manchester City first ever FA Cup win in 1904 marked by Billy Meredith gold watch coming up for auction

24 May 2019

When Manchester City lifted the FA Cup this month they created football history by becoming the first club to win all three major English domestic honours in the same season. A watch coming up for auction from a very different era marks their first ever FA Cup success, however.

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Madness donates costumes and memorabilia to Victoria and Albert Museum for theatre gallery

23 May 2019

To celebrate 40 years since the release of Madness’ ‘One Step Beyond’ - the 1979 debut album by the British ska-pop group - the V&A has unveiled a collection of memorabilia.

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Here come the Men in Black (and the Jedi and the wizards): Will Smith suit goes under the hammer at Ewbank’s movie prop auction

23 May 2019

Bidders have the chance to get that alien-hunting time-travelling look next week as Will Smith’s suit from Men in Black 3 goes under the hammer.

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Original artwork for James Bond You Only Live Twice 1967 film poster makes double top estimate at auction

22 May 2019

The name’s McGinnis. Robert McGinnis. A name which may not be as immediately familiar as James Bond, but if you love all things 007 you will have admired his work at some point.

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Four London book fairs will go into one week in June

21 May 2019

For the first time this year, the four fairs that make London a destination for bibliophiles in June will be held side-by-side across the space of just four days. ATG looks at the personality of each event.

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“Book theft is not going to go away": Five-point plan to address the problem of stolen books

21 May 2019

In her talk titled 'Grey Matter – Detecting Stolen Books in Circulation' at a recent symposium organised by ILAB, Margaret Ford of Christie’s set out her own five-point plan to address the problem of stolen books – or books with title issues – in the market.

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In her own write: The way the market is changing for rare books by women authors

21 May 2019

After more than two centuries of collecting history, the market is once again changing how it evaluates – and values – rare books by women. Bonhams’ head of books Matthew Haley reports...

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Seen through modern eyes: How map collecting is plotting a new course

21 May 2019

Just being old is no longer enough. True, most of the collectable maps that change hands in the market are of some considerable age. Many were printed by hand using techniques which changed little between the 1470s and 1830s. Tim Bryars reports...

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Faces from Firsts: Interviews with three exhibitors at the upcoming book fair in the capital

21 May 2019

A trio of exhibitors at London’s rare book fair 'Firsts' ponder the market, their motivations – plus flooded shops and heavy metal.

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21st century tastes: How the growing interest in the history of food and drink is influencing the market for early recipe books

21 May 2019

Old cookery books are more than simply receptacles of food history. They speak of technological change, the availability and discovery of ingredients that came with the expansion of the known world and how the social standing of the cook or chef changed over time. They are also very much in collecting vogue.

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Boris Becker memorabilia auction to go ahead after bankrupt tennis star withdraws injunction

21 May 2019

The sale of sporting memorabilia seized from bankrupt tennis star Boris Becker will be going ahead this summer, the auctioneers handling the consignment have confirmed to ATG.

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Vietnam War 1968 shell shocked soldier photo sets Don McCullin world auction record

21 May 2019

With photographer Don McCullin in the spotlight thanks to the recent Tate Britain exhibition of his hard-hitting work, it has been a good time to auction one of his most famous images.

Introduction: Getting a new generation of buyers away from the screen

21 May 2019

As Pom Harrington, chairman of 'Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair', puts it, “the key challenge today is how do we get the new generation of buyers who have bought from the internet to come away from the screen and see the book first hand in the marketplace”.

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On offer: 18 lots of books and maps coming up at auction in summer 2019

21 May 2019

A selection of highlights appearing at upcoming auctions.

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