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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Slot machines provide all the fun of the seaside even in rain

15 April 2024

Once ubiquitous in British seaside resorts in their day, many pre-war amusement arcade machines are now so rare that just a handful are recorded.

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Comic featuring Superman debut soars to record sum

15 April 2024

Priced 10 cents when it appeared in 1938, a copy of Action Comics No 1 which introduced Superman has become the world’s most valuable comic book.

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Copy of Action Comics No 1 featuring Superman debut soars to a world record price

11 April 2024

Priced 10 cents when it appeared in 1938, a copy of Action Comics No 1 which introduced Superman has become the world’s most valuable comic book.

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Boxwood comb would be a heartfelt gift to a loved one

08 April 2024

The familiar heart symbol - that today is ‘read’ as love - made its first appearance as a rebus in the late Medieval era.

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Lofty prices from attic comics find

08 April 2024

A collection of vintage comics has sold at auction in Lichfield for a total hammer price of £13,150.

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Original comic artwork in demand

08 April 2024

“Our selection of Charley’s War artwork continues to attract new winning bidders”, says Malcolm Phillips.

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Snuff box up at auction 'belonged to Napoleon on St Helena'

01 April 2024

The Militaria auction at Norfolk saleroom TW Gaze on April 18 includes an item linked to Napoleon’s exile on St Helena.

Novelty silhouette hand screens

Pick of the week: Buyer is a big fan of Giroux’s work

25 March 2024

A pair of 19th century Parisian novelty silhouette hand screens, made by François Simon Alphonse Giroux, doubled their estimate at auction.

Perone Beer

Bottoms up to a top beer can auction price

25 March 2024

The only known example of a vintage Perone quart proved again how rare beer cans have become valuable collectors’ items

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Eye on an object: George IV mahogany box

18 March 2024

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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Benz fuels cigarette case appeal

18 March 2024

In 1926, after two years of negotiations, two German automobile producers joined forces to become Mercedes-Benz.

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Signatures provide a roll call of British PMs from Robert Walpole to Rishi

11 March 2024

A private collection comprising the signatures of every one of Britain’s prime ministers sold for £8000 as part of a designated timed online sale of Autographs and Memorabilia.

Fairground carousel galloper horse

All the fun of the fair: John Barker collection comes to Essex auction

05 March 2024

A collector of late 19th and early 20th century fairground art is offering 47 examples at Sworders.

Livery buttons

Huge button collection heads to Gloucestershire auction

27 February 2024

Sufferers of koumpounophobia, look away now. Thousands of buttons will be offered at Dominic Winter Auctioneers next month.

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A tale of two cities: spotlight on Paris and London workshops

26 February 2024

A French three-colour gold snuff box was a highlight of the silver and vertu section of Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne’s recent winter sale.

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Tunbridge Ware specialist calls it a day after 39 years

26 February 2024

Amherst Antiques, the Kent-based specialist in Tunbridge Ware, is offering reductions on some of its stock as the owners prepare to retire.

Downing Street visitor book

Owner of 10 Downing Street visitor book plans sale after dismissing Treasury claim

14 February 2024

The owner of a visitor book from 10 Downing Street, during the Margaret Thatcher and John Major era, plans to sell it despite the government saying it is official property.

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Major collecting fest on the cards

12 February 2024

Picture-postcard collecting became a craze in Edwardian times and in the 21st century many of us are delighted collectors of these ‘windows on the world’.

Welsh love spoon

Love is in the air: St Valentine’s Day related items with dealers and at auction

12 February 2024

With catalogues titled Love Lust & Lechery and a tour called Love Motifs & Symbols, there is something for everyone among this selection of items for sale ahead of St Valentine’s Day this week.

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Comics make heroic prices in a super sell-out US auction

05 February 2024

Heritage Auctions’ 1170-lot Comics & Comic Art sale held on January 11-14 delivered a white-glove result.

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