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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Collection of boxed Hornby trains steam into Surrey auction

24 October 2020

An extensive single-owner collection of boxed Hornby trains– much of it in largely untouched condition – will be offered at Ewbank’s in Surrey next week.

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Rare first pressing of The Who’s ‘My Generation’ album signed by band members sells at seven-times estimate at auction

20 October 2020

A rare first pressing of The Who’s My Generation album has sold at seven-times its top estimate at auction in Hertfordshire.

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Copy of ‘the earliest obtainable map printed in Arabic’ reaches 15-times estimate at Forum Auctions

19 October 2020

The atlas 'Ay majmu’ kharitat rasm al-ard…,' published by the Church Missionary Society Press in Valetta, is today considered the earliest obtainable atlas printed in Arabic.

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Pick of the week: Replica great auk is real winner at auction

19 October 2020

A Rowland Ward replica of a great auk – the flightless seabird that became extinct in the mid 19th century – sold at auction in Gloucestershire for £25,000.

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Art Deco poster rides into Edinburgh auction

19 October 2020

This striking example of Art Deco poster design promotes the Blue Train: the luxury overnight express between Calais and the French Riviera named after the dark blue Compagnie International des Wagons-Lits carriages used when the service resumed after the First World War.

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Bountiful bibliophile works bring demand at Sotheby's

19 October 2020

One of two book sales held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) presented a single-owner collection billed as The Library of Greek Bibliophile.

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William Russell Flint railway poster for Bamburgh emerges at Onslows

19 October 2020

Sir William Russell Flint (1890-1969) is an artist well known for his watercolours, often featuring exotic landscapes and ladies with not a lot on.

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Two wheels v four legs

19 October 2020

Tim Bryars’ enthusiasm for the “democratisation of travel” extends well beyond the railways.

British and Irish book auctions: October 20-November 8, 2020

19 October 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Bidders shell out for sign and a noted beauty

19 October 2020

Entered by different vendors to raise money for charities, and accordingly given token estimates, petrol signs and Irish banknotes took the top prices at Clarks Auctions Rooms (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Liskeard.

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Soviet travel posters included in Surrey auction

19 October 2020

Ewbank’s of Send, Surrey, will feature a series of rare 1930s Soviet travel posters in its Vintage Posters auction on October 30.

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Bradshaw off the mark as a mapmaker

19 October 2020

Before railway mania came canal mania – key to the Industrial Revolution. This 1830 second edition copy of George Bradshaw’s 'Map of Canals, Navigable Rivers, Rail Road &c. in the Midland Counties of England from Actual Survey' sold for £500 (estimate £200-300) at Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on October 8.

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Medal saluting bravery of ‘Colored Troops’ sells in Salisbury

19 October 2020

A Colored Troops Medal or Butler Medal was offered for sale at the Medals & Coins, Arms & Armour Militaria at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury.

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It moss be love: naturalist’s album bought by museum

19 October 2020

At a recent PBFA fair, dealer John Underwood sold a collection of albums of mosses compiled by the naturalist Frederick DuCane Godman (1834-1919) to Horsham Museum & Art Gallery.

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Travel memorabilia: Bradshaw railway guides remain an affordable route into the collecting market

19 October 2020

“Bradshaw becomes first-hand for any sort of railway guide – you can argue whether or not he was the very first to create them, but he was the first to be successful. It is a bit like everyone calling vacuum cleaners Hoovers.”

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Promotion poster pre-Titanic tragedy comes to Wiltshire sale

19 October 2020

This lithographic poster design of Titanic and Olympic, c.1910-11, was withdrawn after the disaster of 1912 so there are only a handful in existence today. They would have been used in travel agents and White Star Line offices to advertise the liners.

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Buyer has a new home at £2200

19 October 2020

Boxes such as these fashioned and painted as cottages are among the most desirable of all 19th century caddies and boxes.

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Top idea for a hat carrier

19 October 2020

This c.1905 leather top hat ‘bucket’ by the prestigious hatters Johnson and Co of Regent Street, London.

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All you need for a civilised packed lunch

19 October 2020

Motor cars became more affordable and reliable particularly in the 1920s-30s, making day trips increasingly popular.

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Dealer hails ‘exceptional’ campaign chest

19 October 2020

An early 19th century campaign chest designed to be broken down into two parts for easier travel has been hailed as “exceptional” by the specialist dealer who bought it at an Essex auction.

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