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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Dealer offers forerunner of the modern sofa bed

19 October 2020

In the campaign furniture market, provenance and an interesting story behind the owner are important.

Logical work proves popular

19 October 2020

Highly influential three-volume set on maths takes a record £90,000 sum in London

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Antikbar offers best of British

19 October 2020

What could be more British than a policeman in traditional garb standing on Tower Bridge?

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Early 18th century documents detailing a slavery abolitionist's ill-fated project emerge at auction

17 October 2020

Decades in advance of Britain’s Slave Emancipation Act of 1833, 275 British men, women and children attempted to settle an African island to prove plantations could be run without slavery.

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Auction record for Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’ as book dealer bids $8.4m at Christie’s

16 October 2020

An ‘original and complete’ copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio of plays set an auction record at Christie's latest 'Exceptional' sale in New York.

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Gramophone bought by the Rothschild family for Waddesdon Manor comes to auction

14 October 2020

A rare gramophone believed to have been bought by James de Rothschild (1878-1957) of the Rothschild banking dynasty, for the family home of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, is coming to auction next week.

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Robot record for a Masudaya attic find

12 October 2020

After 60 years in an attic, an extremely rare battery-operated Machine Man robot with its original box rolled into the spotlight at Morphy in Denver, Pennsylvania.

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Map handy for a London visit

12 October 2020

It was not in the best of conditions, but an unusual cartographic lot in an August 6 sale at Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium) of Carlisle sold at £420.

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Flying boats and Florence

12 October 2020

Florence Nightingale was a name that figured prominently among the 130 lots of books and ephemera offered as part of a September 2 sale in Shrewsbury.

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On your bike for fascinating collection

12 October 2020

A collection of bicycles spanning a century from 1892-1982, Tour de France jerseys and other sporting memorabilia will be offered for sale by Ivoire Chartres in the French city on October 17.

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Lothians crock rates high in kitchenalia

12 October 2020

A small group of Victorian transfer-printed stoneware crocks offered by Taylor’s (24% buyer’s premium) in Montrose on September 16 included a 7½in (18cm) butter crock with the logo of the Lothians Dairy Co of Slate Ford Road, Edinburgh.

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Take the Underground to the Thames via a poster auction

12 October 2020

This pastoral scene titled 'Where is this bower beside the silver Thames?' features on a poster to promote the London Underground by the well-known French Art Deco artist Jean Dupas.

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Cookery is a recipe for success

12 October 2020

Collection of hotelier, broadcaster and food writer includes many early works.

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When smoke gets in your buys

12 October 2020

Essex saleroom disperses superb pipe collection amassed over more than 50 years.

British and Irish book auctions, October 13-31, 2020

12 October 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Calvert name check boosts chess set value

12 October 2020

The white ‘rooks’ to this 19th century carved and turned wood chess set, offered by TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium) in Diss in August 12, are stamped Calvert 189 Fleet Street to their bases.

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Eye-opening images feature in German auction

12 October 2020

An October 27-30 sale of more than 2800 lots at Reiss & Sohn of Königstein-im-Taunus includes a 1583 first of Georg Bartisch’s Opthalmodouleia…, a famous work on eye surgery that is also the first extensively illustrated account of any surgical speciality.

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Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton sets auction record in New York

07 October 2020

A complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton was hammered down at $27.5m (£21.3m) at Christie’s New York.

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ILAB president announces launch of missing books database following re-election

07 October 2020

Australian book dealer Sally Burdon said she will use her second term as ILAB president to consolidate changes and launch a new missing books register following the international book trade association’s recent election.

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Pick of the week: Slide rule measures up at £11,000

05 October 2020

The invention of the gauger’s slide rule in the 1680s is generally credited to one Thomas Everard of Southampton.

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