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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Take your Wilton pick at PBFA fair

25 February 2019

In ATG No 2380 February 23 I wrote a piece on the annual antiques fair held at Wilton House in Wiltshire from Friday to Saturday, March 8-10. It is worth noting that the Provincial Booksellers’ Association (PBFA) is running an antiquarian and out-of-print book fair at the Michael Herbert Hall in the village of Wilton on Sunday, March 10.

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Many mysteries solved and sold

25 February 2019

Heritage begins mammoth dispersal of Otto Penzler’s holdings of detective fiction.

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Original shirt for the All Black of 1905 who became a rugby league All Gold is up for sale at Cardiff saleroom Rogers Jones

20 February 2019

Three and a half years ago Welsh saleroom Rogers Jones set a world record for a rugby shirt at auction when a jersey from the 1905-06 New Zealand tour to the UK made £180,000 – and now another All Blacks shirt from that era is on offer from the same auction house.

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Unopened Super Mario Bros video game sets auction record in the US

19 February 2019

An unopened copy of the classic video game Super Mario Bros set a new auction record when it recently sold in Dallas, Texas for $80,000 (£62,000). The game is the only known sealed example from a test market release in 1985.

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Votes for Women anniversary effect lasts into 2019 with a fresh Suffragette consignment

19 February 2019

Anniversaries can tempt out collections to auction but it can have a longer-lasting effect. Last year marked the centenary of votes for women in Britain and a lot coming up in 2019 shows the consignments are still out there.

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Pick of the week: Maker’s great-grandson buys back model steam engine for family from UK dealer

18 February 2019

An exceptional Victorian scratch-built model steam engine has returned home after the maker’s great-grandson bought it from UK dealer Vavasseur Antiques.

British and Irish book auctions: February 19-March 3, 2019

18 February 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from February 19-March 3, 2019.

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No, it isn’t a huge carrot…

18 February 2019

It’s not every day you see an auctioneer holding a 5ft 6in (1.67m) long sperm whale penis. Then again, it’s not every day that you see the sort of lots that are offered in Sworders’ Out of the Ordinary auction.

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Fairs form a natural approach to source stock

18 February 2019

Two owners of antiques and vintage businesses who buy extensively from fairs and markets in the UK are showcased here.

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At face value: coins and medals sales recover after 2017 dip

18 February 2019

It is a quarter of a century since ATG’s first overview of London’s numismatic auction market. Here we review the heads and the tails of 2018.

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Hammer highlights: 11 coins and medals that struck gold in 2018

18 February 2019

ATG’s selection of 11 coins and medals lots that were among the highlights sold at UK auctions in 2018.

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Famous facsimiles of Declaration of Independence set records

18 February 2019

Two examples of a celebrated Declaration of Independence copy hit new highs a month apart.

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Framing technique sets plates up to sell well

18 February 2019

Drawn from sales held in the last days of January in the UK and US, an artistic device of framing a view with trees in the foreground is demonstrated in the two plates reproduced below.

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Chessboard checks into Bath fair in a selection of toys and games

18 February 2019

A selection of toys and games at the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair proves that antique playthings have their place as both decorative items and collectors’ pieces.

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Cold War propaganda is collector's hot topic

18 February 2019

In the latest of our occasional series of collector interviews, we talk to Musa Igrek, who won the ABA Book Collecting Prize 2018 for his assemblage of secretly funded government-sponsored works during the Cold War.

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Fine scrimshaw sells in Scarborough

18 February 2019

Two fine examples of scrimshaw were eagerly contested at the David Duggleby (21% buyer’s premium inc VAT) Scarborough auction of maritime antiques and instruments.

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Alphonse Mucha makes Art Nouveau masterpiece

18 February 2019

Shown below is a page from an 1897 Paris edition of Robert de Flers’ 'Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli' in which the text is framed by 132 coloured litho illustrations, borders and other decorations by Alphonse Mucha.

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Tiger of Mysore title works its money magic

18 February 2019

As featured on the cover of ATG No 2377, more treasures associated with the ‘Tiger of Mysore’, Tipu Sultan, are scheduled for auction in March at the Antony Cribb sale.

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One of the oldest Valentine cards sells at auction… on St Valentine’s Day

14 February 2019

One of the world’s oldest surviving Valentine cards has sold today for £5800.

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Car badges and mascots: the world of automobilia at auction

13 February 2019

Every collecting field starts out with a broad umbrella title: classic cars, for instance. Easy. However, as you descend through the levels it not only drops into sub-sections, but veers off to the side, so you also get automobilia, the ephemera surrounding those cars.

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