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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Taxidermy and lots of other stuff

18 July 2022

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

British and Irish book auctions: July 19-29, 2022

18 July 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Chelsea exhibition tells tale of grape expectations

18 July 2022

A cheery Retail Fruit Trade Federation 1930s poster promoting healthy breakfast food features in AntikBar’s summer exhibition The visual Impact of Nourishment in Vintage Posters.

Handwritten letter by J.R.R.Tolkien

Handwritten and signed Tolkien letter comes to US auction

16 July 2022

A handwritten autograph letter signed by J.R.R. Tolkien is to be one of the centrepiece offerings in Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books Signature Auction in Dallas, Texas, July 27-28, estimated at $10,000+.

Gorgosaurus skeleton

First ever complete Gorgosaurus dinosaur skeleton comes to auction in New York

14 July 2022

The first ever complete Gorgosaurus skeleton is to be offered at auction by Sotheby’s.

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Bonhams closes coins and medals department

11 July 2022

Bonhams has closed its coin and medals department in London and specialist John Millensted will now work as a consultant to the firm.

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Colman buyers keen as mustard

11 July 2022

Ninety lots from family’s Norfolk home gave a taster of the traditional items they collected

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Deadly demand by ‘Bloody Mary’

11 July 2022

The queen’s menacing message to Protestant courtiers makes an auction appearance

ATG letter: End of medals and coins sales at Bonhams also means end of Glendining’s

11 July 2022

You reported on the front page of the ATG (No 2550) that Bonhams has added another auction house to its expanding stable.

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The spy who loved merchandising

11 July 2022

Single-owner group offers 007 toys and gadgets mainly from the Sean Connery era

British and Irish book auctions: July 12-21 , 2022

11 July 2022

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions.

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Bird’s-eye views of the US

11 July 2022

Offered as part of a New York sale held by Swann (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) were the two imaginative aerial views reproduced here.

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The elusive Button Gwinnett completes a Declaration full set

11 July 2022

Unknown as he is to the vast majority of people, even Americans, Button Gwinnett is certainly renowned among collectors of early US history.

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Fairground attraction at Morphy auction

11 July 2022

On September 9-10 Morphy in Denver, Pennsylvania, will offer the Henry Krijnen collection of mechanical music and fairground instruments from the Netherlands.

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English tea caddy on offer at Butterscotch

11 July 2022

Butterscotch in New York is holding its summer estates auction on July 17.

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Oyster poster could be a perfect catch

11 July 2022

Swann Auction Galleries is holding a sale of vintage posters in New York on August 4.

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Magical prop made by Okito

11 July 2022

This mid-20th century illusionist apparatus will feature in Potter & Potter’s latest Magic sale when it auctions the lifetime collection of Jim Deloach in Chicago on July 16.

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Roman jewellery box on offer in Munich sale

04 July 2022

Almost two thousand years ago, a wealthy Roman woman would have kept her jewellery or trinkets in a cylindrical box, a so-called Pyxis. They were originally plain vessels, often made of pottery.

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Estate sale supplies ample enamel

04 July 2022

Swaythling auction includes more than 80 pieces of 18th century English origin

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Neptune buyer splashes out

04 July 2022

Set of charts, plans and views was published by the Admiralty for Royal Navy use

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