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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Polish poster for 'The Untouchables' at Midcentury Modern’s Dulwich fair

04 November 2019

This distinctive poster with its saw-edged image was created by the Polish designer Mieczyslaw Wasilewski for Brian De Palma’s classic 1987 crime thriller 'The Untouchables'.

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Photographer Thomson travels up north

04 November 2019

First work in photographer’s classic coverage of China and its people makes £48,000.

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Harry Potter casts spell on bidders

04 November 2019

Code locked in a briefcase for two decades, a finely preserved, 1997 first issue of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was finally released this summer after being delivered by its Lancashire owners into the hands of a Derbyshire saleroom.

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They don’t like it up ’em…

04 November 2019

More refined items are available in Chorley’s Cotswolds Country House sale in Prinknash Abbey on November 19-20 but few will attract more attention than this rare survivor from the early 1940s: a roll of loo paper featuring satirical cartoons of characters from Nazi Germany.

British and Irish book auctions: November 4-21, 2019

04 November 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Golf guide chips in for a sport surprise

04 November 2019

Golf books do not bring as many really high prices as was once the case, but the most recent of the regular sales in this category held by a Californian saleroom did contain a couple of surprises.

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Melville library in demand at Swann

04 November 2019

Two books from Herman Melville’s library, both volumes of classical poetry that were annotated throughout and in one instance signed, topped a recent New York sale.

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Arabic printing pioneer at Bloomsbury Auctions

04 November 2019

A 1547 translation into Arabic of Euclid’s Elementa Geometrica sold for £17,000 as part of an October 23 sale of Islamic and Near Eastern works on paper at Bloomsbury Auctions (25/12% buyer’s premium) on October 22,

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Maps make their mark with prices far beyond estimates

04 November 2019

Focusing on south-east Asia, a 90-lot map section in an Essex sale comprised the extraordinarily successful first portion of a collection of maps and charts assembled by Christopher Beresford-Jones.

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Christie’s offers Stephen Hawking letter at online auction

01 November 2019

A letter written by the late Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) to an old school friend is being offered at a Christie’s online sale.

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New Jane Austen auction record for signed letter in New York

31 October 2019

A rare handwritten letter by Jane Austen (1775-1817) detailing a visit to the dentist has set a new auction record for a signed autograph letter by her.

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Rare prototype Star Wars figures could make auction record

30 October 2019

A new record for any Star Wars toy is anticipated next month with the appearance at auction of a rare prototype action figure.

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Stroud Auctions gets to the point with a huge collection of bayonets for sale

29 October 2019

Tom Mason’s collecting bug began when his father used to send him postcards and gifts from places he had been posted to in the Second World War, and on his return brought home a number of items of military memorabilia.

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Tudor manor houses artistic gems from across the centuries

28 October 2019

The old-fashioned country house sale hardly ever fails to cause excitement. The on-the-premises sale of contents from Athelhampton House, a Tudor manor house in Puddletown, Dorset, was no exception.

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Missing in action but spotted shooting at a bottle of schnapps

28 October 2019

‘Highly unusual’ is how the Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) cataloguer described a Second World War medal group ahead of its sale in Dorchester on August 22 for £420, just over top estimate.

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Dealer interview: Quaritch’s specialists on a moving market

28 October 2019

Venerable London rare book dealership Bernard Quaritch, established in 1847, has recently moved from Mayfair to Holborn. Here ATG talks to two members of the firm, Andrea Mazzocchi and Donovan Rees, about its new location and some wider trends in the book trade

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Nineteenth century views of Constantinople at Chiswick Auctions

28 October 2019

Pictured below is one of the 26 views, after Coke Smyth, that form a first edition copy of John Frederick Lewis’ 'Illustrations of Constantinople, Made During a Residence in that City &c., in the Years 1835-6'.

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Charlotte Brontë’s teenage miniature manuscript returns to auction

28 October 2019

Parsonage Museum ‘determined to make the most of second opportunity’ to own miniature manuscript

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Vroom shows a sense of perspective

28 October 2019

It was a visit to the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino with his parents that first whetted the 15-year-old Thomas Vroom’s appetite for perspective.

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Wheelbarrow fells Waterloo hero

28 October 2019

Just imagine: you have been through the horrors of the Battle of Waterloo in a regiment which suffered 217 casualties out of 396, and were wounded yourself, and then your career is ended by… a wheelbarrow.

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