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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Moving promotion as automaton advertising panels head to auction

17 February 2020

A collection of automaton advertising panels formed by two dedicated enthusiasts over a 20-year period will go under the hammer on March 12 at Drouot in Paris in a sale mounted by Auction Art Rémy le Fur.

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Pick of the week: Bidder rides off with a £56,000 Ottoman saddle at Edinburgh auction

10 February 2020

The arts of the Ottoman court are performing strongly in the marketplace. The unexpected highlight of Lyon & Turnbull’s Five Centuries auction in Edinburgh on February 5 was an Ottoman saddle.

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French celebration of the US at latest The Winter Show

10 February 2020

Across the pond in New York, the trade kicked off the year with the major international fair The Winter Show.

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Shackleton expedition sledge and flag blocked from export

08 February 2020

A sledge and flag that were taken on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition have been temporarily blocked from export in the hope of finding a UK buyer.

International Autograph Auctions in liquidation

03 February 2020

International Autograph Auctions Ltd has ceased trading and is being placed in voluntary liquidation.

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Sèvres collection from the late Judith Howard comes to auction

01 February 2020

A collection of porcelain from the renowned Sèvres specialist Judith Howard, who died last year, is to be sold in Salisbury.

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Walking canes owned by actor Edward Woodward and Titanic survivor attract enhanced interest thanks to provenance

20 January 2020

The latest sale at Clarks in Liskeard included a collection of walking canes collected by the late actor Edward Woodward.

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Canes on parade in Chicago sale

20 January 2020

The sale of furniture and decorative arts at Hindman in Chicago on February 11 includes these two late 19th century gadget canes, both mounted with the insignia of British army regiments.

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A truly eye-catching lot in Bristol

20 January 2020

The limited, but international, appeal of a remarkable collection of about 350 Victorian hand-painted glass eyes was clear at East Bristol Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

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Two dozen vintage enamel advertising signs stolen from railway on the McAlpine estate

08 January 2020

Around 24 enamel advertising signs that were part of a private Victorian steam railway on the McAlpine estate at Fawley Hill in Buckinghamshire have been stolen.

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Spartan artwork sparkles at £5700

06 January 2020

As in its September auction, a double-page Frank Bellamy artwork featuring ‘Heros the Spartan’ proved a star turn in the latest Comic Book Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) online sale on thesaleroom.com.

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Australasian artefacts sell at Tennants

06 January 2020

Australasia provided the talking points and two main buyers at the recent Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) specialist sale in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Walking cane once owned by controversial Titanic survivor comes to auction in Cornwall

23 December 2019

A walking cane once owned by Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon (1862-1931), a controversial Titanic survivor, is to be offered at auction in Cornwall.

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Byron carves out card case role

23 December 2019

This Victorian mother-of-pearl and abalone shell card case is carved with a portrait of George Lord Byron, the most flamboyant and notorious of the major English Romantic poets.

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Medals make a fine lifesaving tribute

23 December 2019

A story of extraordinary peacetime gallantry of a Cumbrian seaman turned coalminer was at the heart of a group of medals, photographs and press cuttings offered at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) at Colchester on November 28.

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Have your say: London dealership offers two antique ballot boxes

11 December 2019

With the election looming, Armoury of St James’s offers the chance to look back at polling history with two ballot boxes.

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Vintage comics that make the cut

09 December 2019

Cutting up examples for new artworks can be controversial – but here is a case for the defence

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Cartoons showing Harold Wilson as pleased as punch emerge at Amersham sale

25 November 2019

The leading contenders in the December 12 General Election are struggling to land any meaningful blows on each other, despite being more than happy to be photographed in boxing rings.

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Not just cigarette cards but the packs too

25 November 2019

The huge and ongoing task of cataloguing thousands of cigarette cards and other ephemera from a deceased collector’s home – he had walls pasted with beer mats instead of wallpaper – paid off for Bristol auctioneer Gavin Aplin.

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Marvel’s first ever comic book - granddaddy of all Marvel Comics - makes auction record at $1m

22 November 2019

A 1939 copy of Marvel Comics No 1 sold at Heritage Auctions this week setting a world auction record for the most expensive Marvel comic ever sold.

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