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.


Super Mario

Unopened Super Mario Bros video game sets auction record in the US

19 February 2019

An unopened copy of the classic video game Super Mario Bros set a new auction record when it recently sold in Dallas, Texas for $80,000 (£62,000). The game is the only known sealed example from a test market release in 1985.

Valentine card

One of the oldest Valentine cards sells at auction… on St Valentine’s Day

14 February 2019

One of the world’s oldest surviving Valentine cards has sold today for £5800.

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Pick of the week: Sledge from Shackleton's Antarctic expedition takes £115,000 at Bonhams

11 February 2019

A sledge from the first expedition to the Antarctic led by Ernest Shackleton sold for £115,000 in Bonhams’ Travel and Exploration sale on February 6.

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Seven fabulous fans going under the hammer this month

11 February 2019

With many fans going under the hammer in the coming weeks it is an ideal time to get more familiar with this market where examples can range in price from a few pounds to the high five figures.

Concorde documents

Concorde memorabilia found in an old box of paperwork flies into auction in Berkshire

05 February 2019

Rare memorabilia from the supersonic jet Concorde that was found in a box of paperwork will be offered in April at Special Auction Services (SAS).

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Iron lady’s press coverage: a collecting journey from Borneo to Japan

04 February 2019

In the latest of our occasional series of collector interviews, we talk to Penny Savill who collects irons, buttonhooks and jigsaw puzzles. She recently co-ordinated Pressing Matters, a display of irons presented by members of the British Iron Collectors group at the Art & Antiques for Everyone Fair at the NEC in November.

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Ephemera trade takes a seasonal turn

04 February 2019

This Valentine’s card, below, by the French artist Xavier Sager was posted from Finland in 1917 to an address in Norway. It is priced at £15 from Val Jackson-Harris, a dealer in printed ephemera from the 18th-19th and early 20th centuries.

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How buttons can fit a collecting budget

04 February 2019

Small in scale and relatively light on the purse, buttons are a rich collecting seam that many can mine.

The Legend of Zelda

Certified vintage video games make debut at Heritage Auctions

19 January 2019

Following on from new-found nostalgia for toys and games of their youth, collectors tempted by fond memories for often Star Wars and Lego are now moving on to vintage video games.

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From cartridge loader to corkscrew

07 January 2019

One of the more unusual corkscrews to come onto what is a fiercely competitive collectors’ market recently was a brass, steel and wooden contraption of the type one may have seen clamped to the bar of fin-de-siècle brasseries.

Penguin egg

Are Polar exploration memorabilia auctions like buses? You could be waiting for ages for one and then three come along at once.

30 December 2018

From a penguin egg to a menu of penguin patties, January sees significant items relating to Polar exploration offered at sales at Golding Young & Mawer, Stroud Auctions and Tennants Auctioneers.

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Hat pins hit the spot at auction

21 December 2018

High-priced luxury handbags and other luxury goods made the most money at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sale of Costume, Accessories and Textiles at Leyburn but collectors’ interest was more focused on a private collection of hat pins.

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Got the travel bug? Check out three upcoming travel related events in the art and antiques trade

08 December 2018

Three auction houses are holding travel-related events with highlights including panoramas and suitcases.

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Master Race makes impact at US comic auction

03 December 2018

Raising around $11m including premiums, a November 15-17 comics and comic art sale held by Heritage Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Dallas included many of the usual super-hero star turns – but this time the big seller was something rather different.

Crocodile

Animal magic at Colchester auction house as a crocodile, cockatoo and walrus file into saleroom

20 November 2018

A menagerie of claret jugs, pepperettes, whisky tots and scent bottles is being offered for sale in Essex today.

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Box clever: Five boxes coming up at auction this month

16 November 2018

Whether you are a collector of silver boxes or cigarette cases, a variety of shapes and sizes are on offer at auction. Here is a selection coming up at auction next week.

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Pumped up at auction for automobilia

05 November 2018

Prices for the best British automobilia are slowly catching up with the huge sums regularly paid for advertising and promotional material in the US.

Titanic poster

Latest Titanic auction highlights include lifeboat plaques and poster of the return voyage that never happened

30 October 2018

The latest Titanic sale at Devizes saleroom Henry Aldridge & Son in Wiltshire achieved a 93% sold rate, with the top lots including life-boat plaques and an 18ct gold pocket watch.

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Fans on the crest of a wave of interest

29 October 2018

In its short nine-sale history, Kingham & Orme (22% buyer’s premium) has experienced considerable success selling fans, 55 of which were included in the October 5-6 mammoth sale attracting bids from round the world. Many were of museum quality.

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Sales in France: Paris – Coutau-Bégarie

22 October 2018

An ensemble of fans both Oriental and Occidental is the subject of the dedicated sale organised by Coutau-Bégarie that takes place at Drouot on November 19. Examples date from the 17th century through to the early years of the 20th.

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