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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Six pieces of music memorabilia sold at auction including David Bowie's police mugshot

29 July 2022

A selection of standout lots sold recently – also featuring Del Boy's discovery of Peckham Spring Water

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Geography guide in your hand

25 July 2022

Playing cards displaying maps lead a look at a Gloucestershire sale

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New chapter in 007 posters story

25 July 2022

What would appear to be a rare James Bond promotional poster proved the major attraction of a June 14 sale held by TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium).

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How Stan Dodds breathed life into carving

25 July 2022

Three lots at Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) traced the history of Stan Dodds (1928-2012) – the first and foremost of the Critters.

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Comics create a super success

25 July 2022

Sold for $2m (£1.62m) in a major and hugely successful comics sale held by Heritage (20% buyer’s premium) of Dallas was an original cover artwork produced in 1986 by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1.

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‘Of a superior character to Tunbridge ware’, maker claimed

25 July 2022

“Analogous to the Tunbridge ware but of a superior character” was Robert Russell’s description of his work at the 1851 Great Exhibition.

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Not so romantic: sailor’s valentines as souvenirs

25 July 2022

Sailor’s sweethearts or valentines were once thought to have been made by sailors as love tokens during their long trips away from home.

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Murillo’s youthful good shepherd tops estimate in Paris sale

25 July 2022

The Aguttes (25/23% buyer’s premium) Old Masters auction on June 28 at Drouot was led by a Murillo oil on canvas depicting the Christ child as The Good Shepherd.

British and Irish book auctions: July 26-August 5, 2022

25 July 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Book sellers face extra export red tape

18 July 2022

New environmental laws in Germany and France mean overseas sellers of smaller items such as books are tackling another layer of red tape on top of those already presented by Brexit.

Walter Raleigh document

Rawley or Raleigh, it’s worth £22,000

18 July 2022

The sale of Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photographs at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on July 13 included a document signed by the adventurer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618).

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Tuning up: musical lots make impressive saleroom results

18 July 2022

This early 17th century harpsichord is inscribed to the name baton for Andreas Ruckers, Antwerp, 1614.

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An Unbroken run of success

18 July 2022

A ‘Jolly Roger’ or pirate flag that records the Second World War exploits of a British submarine flew once more in a militaria sale earlier this summer.

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Six more gems from the baron

18 July 2022

Selection of sale highlights from the exceptional Henry Rogers Broughton collection

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Cumbria local history lessons

18 July 2022

A recent sale held by Thomson Roddick (18% buyer’s premium) of Carlisle, one that included further items of local interest from the library of the late Maurice Cole, was led by one of the newer books on offer.

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Rare map of Florida from 1829 sold at Doyle

18 July 2022

The Map of Florida shown here was issued in 1829 to encourage settlement following its still recent acquisition from Spain.

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ATG letter: My cricket bat now has a hint of royalty

18 July 2022

I was enjoying reading the article on the queen’s brooch, which sold recently (ATG No 2550), when I was surprised to come across the name of Ray Lindwall, the scourge of English cricket in the 1950s.

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Important custom-made doll’s house sells for £30,000

18 July 2022

‘The Gregson House’ and its contents date from the early Victorian period.

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ATG letter: Would that beautiful chess set be classed as museum quality?

18 July 2022

Referring to the UK’s near-total ban on selling antique ivory objects, would the beautiful Vizagatapam, India, c.1830-50, ivory chess set in the collection of Mr Holger Langer (Collector Interview, ATG No 2550) be classed as museum quality?

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Taxidermy and lots of other stuff

18 July 2022

Couple move upstairs in their 17th century Cotswolds townhouse to open an antiques shop below

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