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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Fair sets sights on science

02 September 2019

Dealer Peter Delehar brings an example of a pioneering protractor to the second edition of the Antique Scientific Instrument Fair.

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Jane Austen letter heads home to museum

02 September 2019

Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hampshire has successfully raised the £35,000 required to buy a fragment of a letter written by the novelist in 1814. The rare manuscript was being sold on behalf of its private owner by London dealer Maggs.

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Wings and wheels speed into Suffolk

02 September 2019

A 1935 oil on canvas of a Bugatti and Alfa Romeo speeding along a track is offered for £1550 during English and Continental Antique’s next 'Wings and Wheels' exhibition.

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Pushkin pushes the boundaries

02 September 2019

Works by Russia’s most revered literary figure rack up auction records in London saleroom.

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Kipling pens his reading guidelines

02 September 2019

Almost exactly contemporary, the two works featured here came from the library of Christian Heuer and were offered as part of a July 1-9 summer sale at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium). Both are distinguished by the observations of their authors.

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French art world back in gear

02 September 2019

Capital comes to life after summer break with fairs, auctions and numerous gallery shows.

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Astronauts mark fact from fiction

02 September 2019

The highest prices recorded in a Space Exploration sale on July 20 were for video recordings and documents relating to the Apollo 11 mission that featured the first moon landing, but a much earlier, fictional account of a lunar expedition also impressed.

Newton’s New Game of Virtue

17th century table casket, LS Lowry lithograph and a ‘virtuous’ 19th century board game – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

30 August 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a 19th century board game designed to deter juvenile minds “from pursuing the dangerous paths of vice”. It sold over 15-times estimate in Bath.

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First edition Compleat Angler to hook bidders

26 August 2019

A first edition of the most famous work in angling literature will be offered at auction in North Yorkshire.

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Time travellers touch down in south London

26 August 2019

Highlights at Roseberys (25% buyer’s premium) brought more than the usual sense of trans-centuries time travel experienced at such auctions of 500 disparate lots.

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Coverdale comes top of family group

26 August 2019

A 1538 Coverdale New Testament was one of the high spots of a 39-lot section of books from a single family collection that opened the Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) July 31 auction.

British and Irish book auctions: August 27-September 13

26 August 2019

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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The web shop window: Ballot box from dealer Gerald Mathias

26 August 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Blaeu blows to a record result

26 August 2019

This double-page engraved chart is from an early-17th century pilot book which is another of the highlights from the Mopelia Collection of atlases and travel books offered in London.

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British livery boosts appeal of early German locomotive

26 August 2019

The name Marklin always suggested an O gauge loco and tender offered at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) would find a buyer against a £200-300 estimate but there was a considerably greater head of steam when international collectors looked closer.

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Corinthian helmet offered in Edinburgh auction

26 August 2019

Lyon & Turnbull’s African & Oceanic Art & Antiquities auction in Edinburgh on October 16 includes this Apulian-Corinthian helmet from the late 5th-early 4th century BC.

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Map of Milan offered at Il Ponte

26 August 2019

This map of Milan will feature in the sale of books and manuscripts to be held in the city by Il Ponte on September 24.

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York National Book Fair is a high flier

26 August 2019

Huge York event includes a mobile installation on bird theme.

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Famed dynasty detailed in diaries and journals

26 August 2019

An archive relating to a once famous Suffolk dynasty comes for sale at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on September 10-11. The diaries, journals and letters of Lady Ann Cullum (1807-75) of Hardwick House near Bury St Edmunds form part of a Fine Interiors sale.

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Recipes cook up saleroom storm

26 August 2019

Useful buys if you want to know how to ‘pott a Swan’, ‘fry Harticholk’ or even ‘stew Lettice’

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