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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Signed Oscar Wilde work is among literary highlights of a mixed auction

17 August 2020

Spread over two days and running to 600 lots, a very mixed sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) included Oscar Wilde’s 'The Importance of being Earnest' as one of the literary high spots.

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Chase is on for hunting accounts

17 August 2020

Arnold ‘Jake’ Johnson’s library of thousands of volumes covering travel, big game hunting – the focus of the three lots featured here – sporting and other fields is being dispersed by Doyle (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) in various live and online auctions in New York.

British and Irish book auctions: August 18-September 3, 2020

17 August 2020

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions, August 18-September 3, 2020.

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Sales platforms for totem station signs

17 August 2020

Collected by a Scottish enthusiast, 26 railway station totems – the enamel signs introduced across the UK by newly nationalised British Rail in 1948 – gained UK-wide interest at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow.

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The web shop window: Spitalfields shop advertising sign

17 August 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Happy buyer gets the cream of the crop

17 August 2020

Nestlé, today a Swiss multinational corporation, was a much smaller company when this rare lithographed showcard was made.

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Whole lotta love for Led Zeppelin signed album and original cover artwork

13 August 2020

There were good times but no bad times for the vendors of Led Zeppelin memorabilia which came to auction recently and flew beyond estimates.

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Did these spectacles to be auctioned in Bristol once belong to Mahatma Gandhi?

12 August 2020

A pair of glasses believed to have once belonged to Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) are to be offered at auction in Bristol this month.

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Innovative masterpiece: Pioneering 16th-century pistol trebles estimate at Thomas Del Mar auction

10 August 2020

A mid-16th century 54-bore south German breech-loading wheel-lock holster pistol trebled its top estimate to take £75,000 at a recent sale held by Thomas Del Mar.

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Collectors give Grosvenor artist Greengrass a try

10 August 2020

The linocuts produced by artists from the Grosvenor School provided an ideal medium to portray speed and movement in the inter-war machine age – and were perfect for sport subjects too. Those created by Sybil Andrews, such as her classic speedway image, are the best known on this theme.

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Player promotes Player’s

10 August 2020

Victor Mee Auctions’ Irish Pub Memorabilia & Collectibles sale on August 12 will offer Irish football and hurling lovers and collectors the chance to bid on three advertising figurines, estimated at €200-450 each.

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Two collections of football programmes at auction surge over estimates

10 August 2020

While Manchester United and early FA Cup match programmes often make the big money at auction, a group on offer at a West Sussex saleroom showed that far less famous names can also make the running.

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Glasgow comes to the aid of Greece

10 August 2020

Each bearing estimates of £300-400, two lots in a summer online auction held by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) brought substantially higher rewards.

Seeing stars for the first time

10 August 2020

Copy of newspaper containing what became the US national anthem makes sale appearance

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Sewing box takes Bleasdales’ top spot

10 August 2020

Delayed for a month by the pandemic, the specialist sewing sale held as a timed online auction on thesaleroom.com at Bleasdales (20% buyer’s premium) of Warwick proved a profitable stitch in time. The sale, which covered the gamut of collectables, closed with only 16 of the 665 lots failing to get away.

British and Irish book auctions: August 11-30, 2020

10 August 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from August 11-30, 2020.

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Savvy caddy makes a happy golfer

10 August 2020

One of the specialist golfing sales held by PBA Galleries (20% buyer’s premium) of San Francisco included the work of a Scottish-born designer of golf courses who is said to have laid out some 400 of them.

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Club used by golf great Seve Ballesteros and glorious early trophy ready to tee off at auction

10 August 2020

A legend of golf is represented at Shropshire saleroom Mullock’s Golfing Memorabilia and Antique & Modern Fishing Tackle auction on August 13-14.

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First Batman from Down Under makes rare appearance at Comic Book Auctions

10 August 2020

With their regular photographer isolated in Somerset, it was proprietor Malcolm Phillips’ partner, Sally, who used her iPhone to produce all the catalogue images for a Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) timed sale on thesaleroom.com.

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Look out: The Fridge ploughs into Heritage Auctions

10 August 2020

If you remember the American Football mania that first hit the UK in the mid-1980s when coverage started on Channel 4, then you will certainly recall ‘The Refrigerator’.

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