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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Rare early Biggles paperback flies again at Norfolk sale

09 March 2020

An unexpected star turn of a recent Norfolk sale was a job lot of works from the library of the late Ron Fiske of Morningthorpe Manor, an East Anglian collector whose books a Norfolk auction house first started dispersing a few years years ago.

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Siege of Maastricht map among highlights at TEFAF Maastricht

04 March 2020

The city of Maastricht itself will take pride of place on Daniel Crouch Rare Books’ stand at TEFAF, set to open tomorrow.

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Bonhams expands in Germany with new classic car auction

03 March 2020

Auction house Bonhams has picked The Schloss Dyck Classic Days Festival as the location for a new classic car auction in Germany.

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Burning question from Charles Dickens

02 March 2020

One of the many memorable scenes in Charles Dickens’ 'Bleak House' was the portrayal of the apparent spontaneous combustion of Mr Krook, leaving “the cinder of a small charred and broken log of wood sprinkled with white ashes”.

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Second chance for works from Spetchley Park offered at Chorley’s

02 March 2020

Second-dibs sales at regional salerooms – those that follow after a major London auctioneer has cherry-picked the contents of a stately country house – can sometimes acquire the slighting epithet of ‘crumbs from a rich man’s table’.

British and Irish book auctions: March 3-18, 2020

02 March 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Fascinating documents showcase the foundation of the US

02 March 2020

A momentous letter of July 6, 1776, in which President of Congress John Hancock announced the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, was the most expensive lot in a printed and manuscript Americana sale on January 27.

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The web shop window: Pathé cardboard colour table

02 March 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Map buyer goes with the flow

02 March 2020

Early-17th century Lithuanian plan sold alongside companion Dnieper river details

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Brid buffet serves up vintage treats

02 March 2020

The vintage contents of a railway station buffet offered in East Yorkshire were not the most upmarket pieces – nothing made more than £2000 – but more than 400 people packed the room and online bids came from India, the US and Finland. It gave veteran auctioneer Andy Spicer only his second white-glove sell-out in 35 years on the rostrum.

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Great sports: 1911 football shirt and cycling souvenirs

02 March 2020

With tripartite appeal to football fans of England, Wales and – most importantly as it turned out – of Millwall FC, a historic shirt was a winner at Hansons’ ( 20% buyer’s premium) sporting sale.

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Rare version of Meissen's modern coffee service emerges Dusseldorf

02 March 2020

Having been heavily criticised for its antiquated designs at the World Exhibition of 1900 in Paris, the Meissen porcelain factory commissioned avant-garde designers to produce more vibrant pieces.

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Example of silver Shekel which became symbol of revolt offered in Germany

02 March 2020

Just under 600 lots in the extensive March 16-20 auction at Künker in Osnabrück come from the Samel collection. This highly important collection was put together by Josef Samel and his sister Angela Arluk, who were born in Poland, but settled in Munich after the war.

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Silver medal celebrating Jacobite defeat emerges at Munich auction

02 March 2020

A silver medal on offer at Gorny & Mosch in Munich on March 9-10 commemorates the last pitched battle fought on the British mainland.

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Celtic 1967 European Cup winners' medal for sale in Glasgow

02 March 2020

The medal awarded to Celtic footballer Steve Chalmers who scored the winning goal as they became the first British club to win the European Cup in 1967 is coming to auction.

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Witchcraft account sells for over six-times estimate in Essex auction

02 March 2020

An eyewitness account of the trial of two elderly widows on charges of witchcraft proved one of the more successful lots in a truly Out of the Ordinary sale held in Essex on February 11.

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Pick of the week: 'Oldest accurate map of coastal Scotland' becomes auction trailblazer

24 February 2020

'La Navigation du Roy d’Ecosse' by the French cartographer Nicolas de Nicolay (1517-83) is said to be the oldest accurate map of coastal Scotland.

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The day the ‘Tipton Slasher’ met his match

24 February 2020

This mid-19th century oil of a bare-knuckle prize fight is thought to depict a famous bout between Victorian boxers William Perry (1819-88) and Tom Sayers (1826-65).

British and Irish book auctions: February 25-March 12, 2020

24 February 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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The web shop window: Asprey dressing case

24 February 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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