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.


Work of ‘modern day Grinling Gibbons’

15 March 2021

This late Victorian carved lime and soft wood panel is by James Peake (c.1839-1918), a carver and gilder.


Vagabonds tramp to Chicago

15 March 2021

Sold at a rather higher than expected $1900 (£1440) by Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) of Chicago was a lot offering not one, but two early copies of Rafaele Frianoro’s Il Vagabondo overo Sferza de Bianti, e Vagabondi.

British and Irish book auctions: March 16-30, 2021

15 March 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book sales.


Cracking result, second time

15 March 2021

This 22-carat gold and enamel egg was the largest of a baker’s dozen made by Garrard in 1983 for a treasure hunt organised by Cadbury’s.


Obesity crisis? But not in the saleroom it seems…

15 March 2021

Entered from the estate of an Ipswich craftsman-hobbyist, the corpulent figures shown below were two of his 144 wood carvings which met unexpected demand.


In praise of American independence

15 March 2021

In Praise of America was a very mixed sale of furniture, silver, folk art, prints, broadsides and more held in New York.


Sporting art touches down in saleroom

15 March 2021

Sporting subjects were very much in evidence and definitely among the best-sellers in an illustration art sale held in New York.

Churchill's evening slippers and glass

Churchill’s slippers, brandy glass and cigar box sell for five-figure sums each in two auctions

13 March 2021

The appeal of items once owned by Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) has grown in recent years.


Choc full of treats at Hindman

08 March 2021

Hindman is holding an auction of Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection on March 19.


Thomas Hardy under review

08 March 2021

One 1870s Thomas Hardy work that was hated by the Spectator magazine critic, the other hailed


First edition of Philip Marlowe's debut book offered in Chicago

08 March 2021

This first edition, first printing of Raymond Chandler’s 'The Big Sleep' is the book that introduced detective Philip Marlowe.


From my good friend Baden-Powell

08 March 2021

Contained in an old buckram folder, a collection of scouting ephemera proved a highlight of a sale of books and ephemera held in Chichester.


Heroic price at 10 times top estimate

08 March 2021

Given a modest estimate of £100-150 in a January 3 sale at Oxfordshire auction house Jones & Jacob (18% buyer’s premium), an edition of Hero & Leander published in 1949 by Christopher Sandford sold instead at £1500.

British and Irish book auctions: March 9-24, 2021

08 March 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.


Elkington Paradise found but not at silver price level

08 March 2021

If the famous image of the Milton Shield by Elkington and its £800-1200 estimate drew a double-take at a recent auction, there was good reason.

Farmhouse kitchen

Breadboard Annie’s kitchen collection comes to auction in Kent

02 March 2021

The late dealer Annie Marchant (1951-2020) collected everything related to the unfitted kitchen and was known as Breadboard Annie in her early days.


‘Fake’ coin proves to be the €210,000 real deal

01 March 2021

Gold coin rejected at first but now identified as once owned by renowned Russian collector


Mail robber’s candid story of seduction and smuggling will go on museum display

01 March 2021

A rare, candid autobiographical account by a soon-to-be-executed 18th century brickmaker has been bought by Horsham Museum.


Works that fit the double bill

01 March 2021

Bumper selection of lots offered in Gloucestershire auction house Dominic Winter provides wide-ranging array

British and Irish book auctions: March 2-20, 2021

01 March 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.