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.

British and Irish book auctions: August 4-20, 2020

03 August 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from August 4-20, 2020.

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Chad Valley toy car motors into New Jersey sale

03 August 2020

Among the European toys included in the August 13 Basics sale to be held by Bertoia auctions of Vineland, New Jersey will be this boxed saloon car made by the British firm Chad Valley.

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Rock and Roll poster set to make a big noise in Dallas saleroom

03 August 2020

Only around five examples of this rare ‘Big Beat’ concert poster are thought to exist. It advertises a 1958 tour by Rock and Roll promoter Alan Freed, whose photo appears at the top above the 16 different 1950s top musical acts (all also pictured).

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Sixties posters on a high

03 August 2020

The artist John Hurford was a key figure in the British psychedelia movement of the late 1960s.

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Flask with a ducal dedication offered at Denver auction

03 August 2020

This 12¾in (32cm) tall European carved bone powder flask dated to the 17th century will feature in the first day of Morphy Auctions’ August 18-19 sale of edged weapons, armour and militaria in Denver, Pennsylvania.

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Copy of Viscount Kingsborough’s 'Antiquities of Mexico' sells at Christie's in New York

03 August 2020

Christie’s New York (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) recently staged two important book sales online that between them raised almost $3.38m, including premiums.

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Rare Alphonse Visconti poster provides memory of travel joys

03 August 2020

As foreign travel is greatly restricted for now, we can feast our eyes instead on this extravagant poster of the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco.

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D-Day veteran who became an antiques dealer

03 August 2020

John Vernon ‘Jack’ Webb (1923-2019) was destined to be a collector of medals and militaria. On June 5, 1944, he was on a troop ship preparing to take part in the D-Day landings.

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It’s not what you know but Who you know

03 August 2020

The response among Sixties regulars at a north London pub to the fly poster, below, advertising a gig by the High Numbers may well have been: The who?

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Britains’ boxed waggon reaches Pittsburgh

03 August 2020

This Britains’ boxed pre-war general active service limbered waggon, set number 1331, in very good condition with a good box, is one of the lots to feature in a US auction.

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Letters feature prominently in exceptionally varied Edinburgh auction

03 August 2020

An exceptionally varied and very successful recent Scottish sale contained a great many letters and plenty of fascinating manuscript material.

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Mary Queen of Scots' prayer book sells at Christie’s Classic sale

30 July 2020

A prayer book that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87) sold at Christie’s Classic Art evening sale in London.

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Glamour and high society mix in a Scottish country house sale

28 July 2020

Ingredients for a tantalising sale don’t come much better than high society, glamour, famous names and an illustrious family combined with a varied, single-owner country house collection.

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'The King’s Speech' cigarette case sells for over 10-times estimate at Woolley & Wallis

24 July 2020

A royal presentation silver cigarette case given by George VI to his speech therapist Lionel Logue, the subject of the 2010 film 'The King’s Speech', sold for £61,000 at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury this week.

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Complete set of the first edition Shadowless Pokemon cards comes to auction estimated at £25,000-35,000

24 July 2020

Collectors have a chance to bid for a complete base set of the first edition Shadowless Pokemon cards bought directly from original US publishers Wizards Of The Coast in 1999.

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Unreleased vinyl of a demo recording by David Bowie comes to auction

22 July 2020

Wessex Auction Rooms in Chippenham is offering a 1966 demo recording by David Bowie on an acetate disc.

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Overseas buyer for Armada maps unless £600,000 is found

20 July 2020

A public campaign to keep rare maps of the Spanish Armada in the country will be needed to raise the required £600,000.

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Hornby train sets still on the right track after 100 years

20 July 2020

The Hornby train set is 100 years old this year. ATG reports on the sale of a remarkable century-old survivor plus highlights from across the UK regions

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Titanic sums for the best in White Star memorabilia

20 July 2020

A section of maritime antiques offered at Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) in Liverpool included an otherwise pedestrian Spode cup and saucer made c.1910.

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In a Whirligig at the £4800 return of Mr Turnip

20 July 2020

The fortnightly Saturday afternoon TV show Whirligig was the first children’s programme to be broadcast live from the BBC studios in Lime Grove, Shepherd’s Bush.

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