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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Sponsor’s message: A prosperous year...

21 May 2019

Welcome to the fourth annual supplement produced by Antiques Trade Gazette showcasing the world of rare books and works on paper. We are again delighted to be the sole sponsor, showing our heartfelt commitment to our industry.

UK and International book fairs calendar: 2019-2020

21 May 2019

Forthcoming buying opportunities in the UK and around the world.

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International trade means keeping track of stolen items is more important than ever

21 May 2019

In the wake of more high-profile book thefts, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is tackling head-on the sometimes thorny issue of provenance.

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What sold: Book auction results from an Adam Smith first edition to Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis

21 May 2019

ATG's pick of items sold recently at books and works on paper auctions.

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Books and maps highlights at fairs for summer 2019

21 May 2019

A selection of highlights that dealers are taking to upcoming fairs.

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Pick of the week: Baseball ale poster is big hit with a US bidder

20 May 2019

In US collecting circles the ‘Anson-Ewing Burke Ale poster’ is spoken of in hushed tones. When an example was sold by New Jersey baseball memorabilia specialist Robert Edwards Auctions for $188,000 in 2008, it was described as the best-preserved of only three known. More recently in February another was sold for $96,000 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

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How much for one of the first Apple computers? Here are seven realised prices ahead of the latest auction this week

20 May 2019

A chance to own one of the first Apple computers ever made is on offer at Christie’s online-only auction ending on Thursday.

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Rusty and damaged Marklin toy train set found in a garage pulls away to £6500 auction result

20 May 2019

It may have been rusty, damaged and lying in a garage in a state of disrepair but a pre-war clockwork toy train set still sold for a hammer price of £6500 at a Cumbrian auction house.

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English butcher’s shop model emerges at Pook & Pook in Pennsylvania

20 May 2019

This intricately detailed model of an English butcher’s shop, below, is part of a group of items consigned from the estate of a private collector to the June 15 auction of toys held by Pook & Pook in association with Noel Barrett.

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ATG letter: Story of a derelict factory and a mystery super sign seller

20 May 2019

MADAM – I believe I can shed some light on the story regarding the Gilbert Rae’s embossed tin sign (Letters, ATG Nos 2389 & 2391) – also pictured below.

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Scarce ‘Gentleman’s Recreation’ guide from 1704 is one of several curiosities sold at Hansons

20 May 2019

Discoloured, stained and in a crudely restored old binding, a scarce hunting work of 1704 was sold for a much higher than expected £1400 at a recent Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) sale.

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ATG letter: ‘Penny Farthing’ is just fine

20 May 2019

MADAM – I take great issue with the recent letter on Penny Farthings written by Peter W Card (ATG No 2391).

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Simple Houdini poster does the trick at auction

20 May 2019

One of the more successful acts in a recent American magic and conjuring sale involved the appearance among the literary contributions of a doubly inscribed copy of Harry Kellar’s 'A Magician’s Tour' of 1886.

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Printed edition of Islamic medical text is healthy seller

20 May 2019

Billed as the first printed edition of the most authoritative medical text in the Islamic world, a 1593 copy of a work known in the English-speaking world as Avicenna’s ‘Canon of Medicine’ was part of a recent London sale.

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Eyewitness view captures last action of the Indian Mutiny

20 May 2019

Painted by Lt Gen Henry Hope Crealock (1831-91), this 6ft 8in (2m) wide pen and ink drawing is an eyewitness account of The Action of Bareilly – the battle of the last stronghold of Indian independence in 1858.

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Bids under the microscope at Flints auction in Reading

20 May 2019

A sale of photographica and scientific instruments held at Reading’s Madejski Stadium included a rare work in the history of the microscope.

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5 Questions: Nick McConnell of McConnell Fine Books

20 May 2019

Nick McConnell of McConnell Fine Books is among the exhibitors at Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair (see Books Supplement in this edition). He worked from shops in London before moving to the Kent coast, close to Canterbury.

British and Irish book auctions: May 21-June 2, 2019

20 May 2019

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from May 21-June 2, 2019.

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Well-preserved example of the improved Second World War coding machine is up for sale

20 May 2019

Codes are there to be broken, as the Second World War British team at Bletchley Park proved by cracking the German Enigma machines.

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Wilson and Thatcher – a week in political memorabilia sales

20 May 2019

Collections from two former British prime ministers – Sir Harold Wilson and Margaret Thatcher – sold out at auction in the same week.

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