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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Frazetta artwork takes $1m

02 November 2020

One of two near identical artworks that Frank Frazetta made in 1970 for the dust jacket of a Doubleday re-issue of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars has sold in a Dallas auction for $1m (£781,250).

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Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson rarities emerge in studio archive

02 November 2020

An archive cleared from Bray Studios after Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson’s production company wrapped up its final series of Terrahawks in the mid-1980s is coming to auction at Surrey firm Ewbank’s on November 30.

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White-glove auction as Berlin museum collection is dispersed

02 November 2020

Modern paintings and whole wunderkammer from a closed museum deliver sell-out response

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Elvis Presley’s 18ct Corum Buckingham watch to be offered at Sworders this month

02 November 2020

A watch worn many times by the king of rock and roll at the peak of his career comes for sale at Sworders this month.

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Spanish collection all stacks up

26 October 2020

Printed volumes and manuscripts contain many rare works and unusual material

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Militaria fairs return to action

26 October 2020

Focus on two events that have been staged successfully and boosted dealer confidence

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Make Sunbury your next stop

26 October 2020

Calling all the many fans of Sunbury Antiques’ markets at Kempton Park Racecourse.

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Lenci figures show sex sells

26 October 2020

The latest British & Continental Ceramics & Glass Auction at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) was topped by 'La Modista Il Cappellino', a 14in (35cm) Lenci figure.

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Bumper Bram Stoker selection sold at Thomson Roddick

26 October 2020

Over 50 lots, many of them multiples, offered in a sale held by Thomson Roddick (18% buyer’s premium) featured the works of Bram Stoker.

First edition of Adam Smith's 'Wealth of Nations' sells in New York

26 October 2020

A 1776 first of Adam Smith’s '…Wealth of Nations' sold in a New York summer sale bore an understandably irritated inscription by the man to whom it had been gifted by its author.

British and Irish book auctions: October 27-November 8, 2020

26 October 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Collection of boxed Hornby trains steam into Surrey auction

24 October 2020

An extensive single-owner collection of boxed Hornby trains– much of it in largely untouched condition – will be offered at Ewbank’s in Surrey next week.

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Rare first pressing of The Who’s ‘My Generation’ album signed by band members sells at seven-times estimate at auction

20 October 2020

A rare first pressing of The Who’s My Generation album has sold at seven-times its top estimate at auction in Hertfordshire.

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Copy of ‘the earliest obtainable map printed in Arabic’ reaches 15-times estimate at Forum Auctions

19 October 2020

The atlas 'Ay majmu’ kharitat rasm al-ard…,' published by the Church Missionary Society Press in Valetta, is today considered the earliest obtainable atlas printed in Arabic.

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Pick of the week: Replica great auk is real winner at auction

19 October 2020

A Rowland Ward replica of a great auk – the flightless seabird that became extinct in the mid 19th century – sold at auction in Gloucestershire for £25,000.

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Art Deco poster rides into Edinburgh auction

19 October 2020

This striking example of Art Deco poster design promotes the Blue Train: the luxury overnight express between Calais and the French Riviera named after the dark blue Compagnie International des Wagons-Lits carriages used when the service resumed after the First World War.

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Bountiful bibliophile works bring demand at Sotheby's

19 October 2020

One of two book sales held by Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) presented a single-owner collection billed as The Library of Greek Bibliophile.

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William Russell Flint railway poster for Bamburgh emerges at Onslows

19 October 2020

Sir William Russell Flint (1890-1969) is an artist well known for his watercolours, often featuring exotic landscapes and ladies with not a lot on.

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Two wheels v four legs

19 October 2020

Tim Bryars’ enthusiasm for the “democratisation of travel” extends well beyond the railways.

British and Irish book auctions: October 20-November 8, 2020

19 October 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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