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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House based in a cupboard draws in the bidders at Hansons

16 August 2021

Such is the recent appeal of dolls’ house accessories that you do not even need the ‘house’ to put them in, it seems.

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Pocket size Pippa Dolls size up nicely at auction

16 August 2021

By the 1980s toy action figures were shrinking in size from GI Joe and Action Man proportions to the likes of Action Force and Star Wars.

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Scandinavian folk art dealers' collection offered in Pennsylvania

16 August 2021

On August 19 Pook & Pook will sell the collection of Barbara A and Fred Johnson of Rockford, Illinois, owners of Barbara A Johnson Antiques.

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Receipt reveals original Bassett-Lowke rail sale

16 August 2021

A live-steam Gauge 2 Midland Railway locomotive and tender was the top lot of Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) Toys, Models, Collectables and Sporting Sale.

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19th century French doll sold for a startling six-figure price

16 August 2021

This rare French Emile Jumeau bisque-headed character doll from c.1892, with a distinctive light brown complexion, turned heads in a US saleroom.

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George I coffee pot comes to Maine auction

16 August 2021

Thomaston Place is holding one of its extensive multi-discipline summer sale over three days from August 27-29 featuring a wide mix of American, European and Asian paintings, furnishings and objects.

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Film classic Zulu poster comes up at Singapore auction

16 August 2021

Hotlotz in Singapore holds a single-owner online auction on August 22 featuring the ‘property of a gentleman’.

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Snuff box sold by dealer was a ‘gift from Lord Nelson’

16 August 2021

A snuff box believed to have been gifted by Lord Nelson to his personal secretary during a dinner party attended by Emma Hamilton has been sold by Paul Fraser Collectables for £45,000.

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Stanley Gibbons hit by pandemic but hopeful for improved trading in revamped shop

11 August 2021

Stamp and coins dealership Stanley Gibbons reported its full year results highlighting the impact the pandemic had on sales.

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Rare copy of pioneering black poet Phillis Wheatley's work makes £16,500 at Cotswolds auction

09 August 2021

Edition marked the first time a person of African descent had work published

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The ‘Tubby’ pilot who flew 100 operational sorties

09 August 2021

As his nickname suggests, Wing Commander Sidney Baker (1918-2007) enjoyed the finer things in life.

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Signal book of naval ships brings bidders to Shrewsbury sale

09 August 2021

Illustrated with 76 hand-coloured flags, a 1794 Signal Book for the Ships of the Line sold to an online bidder for £11,000 in a Shrewsbury sale.

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Silver salver gift to ‘Johnnie’ Johnson

09 August 2021

Cheffins’ auction in Cambridge on August 26 includes a silver presentation salver given to Air Vice Marshal James Edgar ‘Johnnie’ Johnson (1915-2001), the highest-scoring Western Allied pilot against the Luftwaffe and the RAF’s officially recognised top-scoring fighter pilot of the Second World War.

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Battered copy of Encyclopedia Britannia 'damaged at Trafalgar' sells at Charles Miller

09 August 2021

An intriguing condition report that mentions ‘water and smoke damage’ gives a clue as to what happened to this battered copy of the Encyclopedia Britannia sold in a Charles Miller (24% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Medals and militaria: Victoria Cross sets army auction record

09 August 2021

A new high for a British army Victoria Cross as 'exceptional’ example also sets a house record for a medal at Dix Noonan Webb

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Book fair makes a Brighton booking

09 August 2021

An update from Jeremy Carson, organiser of PBFA’s Brighton Book Fair which will run at Brighton Racecourse (assuming it is not being used as a vaccination centre then…) on Saturday, October 30 – the first in Brighton for more than 20 years.

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Declaration of Independence announcement and leaf from the Gutenberg Bible make six-figure sums at Heritage Auctions

09 August 2021

A Texas sale generated six-figure sums for two very different lots.

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Lover and a fighter: Battle of Britain ace Peter Townsend

09 August 2021

Among the medal groups that impressed at Dix Noonan Webb's July 21 auction was one awarded to a famous recipient: RAF Group Captain Peter Townsend.

British and Irish book auctions: August 10-28, 2021

09 August 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Anthony Eden's military medals sold in Salisbury auction

09 August 2021

The sale of a Military Cross group of honours at Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) of Salisbury marked what is believed to be the first time that the medals of a British prime minister have been offered at auction.

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