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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Purdey & Sons rifle made for a royal tour of India sells at Gavin Gardiner

04 May 2020

A Purdey & Sons double-barrel hammer rifle built in 1875 for the Prince of Wales’ Indian tour of 1875-76 sold for £8000 at the Gavin Gardiner (25% buyer’s premium) live online auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns on April 22.

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A collection to fire the imagination

04 May 2020

Norfolk auction house sells 11 guns with provenance to one of the most renowned enthusiasts

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Top deck among the cards

04 May 2020

Gambling memorabilia and playing cards provided the twin attractions of a sale held by Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) of Chicago, where the day’s top lot proved to be a famous book with a local imprint.

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Plea to help find photographica collection put together over 45 years but now stolen

02 May 2020

A collection of cameras, photographs and accessories put together by a private collector for more than 45 years has been stolen from a storage unit in north London.

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Edward the Martyr penny found in ‘remarkable condition’ sells at DNW

27 April 2020

A silver penny of the boy king Edward the Martyr – the teenager who ruled Saxon Britain in the 10th century and was later venerated as a saint – has sold to a UK collector for £9000 at Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium).

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Sharp eyes spot top blade at Grantham auction

27 April 2020

Ken tanto, distinguished by double-edged blades, are one of the rarer styles of Japanese sword. Most were made as Buddhist ritual implements rather than weapons and are decorated accordingly.

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ATG letter: Two kilos – that’s a tiddler of a coin

27 April 2020

MADAM – Re: your report on the sycee sold at auction in Germany (International, ATG No 2438).

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Rare book fair in Paris postponed until September

27 April 2020

The ‘Salon International du Livre Rare’ (International Rare Book Fair) which was due to be held this month at the Grand Palais in Paris, has been postponed until September 4-6.

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Ocean liner and trolley buses offered in New Jersey from tin toy collection

27 April 2020

Bertoia Auctions’ large spring sale of antique toys, trains and banks in Vineland, New Jersey, takes place on May 7-8.

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Qwerty minded: typewriters tempt bidders in German sale

27 April 2020

Specialist auction house sells early versions hailing from the US

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Student magazines with illustrations by Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden emerge in Nottingham sale

27 April 2020

The three magazines shown here were all produced by students of the Royal College of Art in the years 1925-27 and sold online for £1000 in a sale at Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) of Nottingham.

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Grim album documenting early 20th century Chinese history sells in Shrewsbury

27 April 2020

The photograph seen at bottom right is a group of Chinese men convicted of spying and awaiting “…execution by Imperialists”.

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Specialist dealer plays his cards right with new website

27 April 2020

Dealer Timothy Millett, a specialist in historical medals and associated works of art, has launched a website to sell greeting cards based on images of some of his favourite objects.

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): April 28-May 7, 2020

27 April 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from April 28-May 7, 2020. All sales are now held online due to the coronavirus alert.

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Danger risk from grave errors

27 April 2020

Essay warns about considerable perils of the ‘indecent custom’ of burials in churchyards

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Anti-slavery tobacco box reflects the human cost

27 April 2020

Brought into Wolverhampton firm Cuttlestones (17.5% buyer’s premium) on a valuation day, this early-19th century anti-slavery tobacco box sold to a UK bidder on thesaleroom.com for £480.

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Lizzie: the biggest and best Hornby loco

27 April 2020

Appearing in 1937, a couple of years after the locomotive itself was launched, the LMS Princess Elizabeth was the biggest and best locomotive that Hornby ever made.

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Coronavirus: PBFA launches inaugural virtual book fair

23 April 2020

Browsing at a fair can mean the serendipitous discovery of a treasure for the collection. To help recapture a bit of this magic online, The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PFBA) launches its first virtual book fair next week.

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Childhood scrapbook of double Victoria Cross winner Noel Chavasse sells to his old school

22 April 2020

A childhood scrapbook including tales of valour written and illustrated by double Victoria Cross winner Noel Chavasse and his twin brother has been bought by their old school in Oxford.

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German daguerreotypes in the frame at Chiswick sale

20 April 2020

Trudpert Schneider (1804-99), a Freiburg carpenter whose first brush with photography was to repair a broken box camera, is today deemed one of Germany’s most important daguerreotypists. The photographic firm he founded in 1847 continued under the management of his sons Heinrich and Wilhelm until 1921.

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