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Happy birthday The Dandy and Desperate Dan

December 5th, 2007 · 2 Comments

In an auction in October 2004 that sent comic collectors crazy, a copy of Issue 1 of children’s’ comic The Dandy, complete with its free gift, sold for a staggering £20,350. Was it an investment? Probably. This remains the highest price ever paid for a single comic in Britain. There are rumoured to be only 10 remaining copies in existence. Had I the money, would I have bought it? Probably not, but to the comic cognoscenti, the first issue of any great title is always something of a holy grail … and they don’t come holier than The Dandy.

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Tags: Comics · Juvenalia

All I want for Christmas is a pop-up book

November 8th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Time was when the must-have Christmas present for children and adults alike was a magical book like the ones illustrated here. In their own way, they were the Victorian equivalent of the Game Boy — and they didn’t need batteries. They are mechanical or metamorphic books, designed to be interactive, their pages changing as the story develops, all at the whim of the reader.
Today’s collectors call them “pop-up books”, a catch-all term that covers a multitude of elaborate and innovative three-dimensional and other designs that remain as captivating today as they were a hundred years ago.
Actually, mechanical books have a long history.

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Tags: Books · Christmas · Juvenalia

The tricksy trio who still make us smile

July 27th, 2007 · 12 Comments

It wasn’t much to look out, but the little round lapel badge we found lying in the bottom of a box of knickknacks at our local collectors’ fair had a fascinating background. About the size of an old sixpence, the badge was decorated with blue enamel, picked out of which were the initials W. L. […]

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Tags: Cartoons · Ephemera · Juvenalia

Money on trees

July 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Congratulations! Now, stand back and admire your handiwork. You manoeuvred the ladder up to the loft, you scrambled around in the dust and cobwebs, you found the old suitcase containing the Christmas decorations and the tree looks fabulous. But stop and take another look. Those baubles, knickknacks and trinkets that you remember when you were […]

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Tags: Christmas · Collectables · Collecting · Juvenalia

Annual treats

July 26th, 2007 · 5 Comments

There’s no shortage of choice: Barbie and Sindy, My Little Pony and the Brownies continue to have mass appeal for the girls, while us boys go for Thunderbirds, Spiderman and relative newcomer Bob the Builder. All are on sale this Christmas and so it was –admittedly with a different cast of characters – since the […]

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Tags: Books · Cartoons · Juvenalia · Toys

Schuco’s toytown charmers

July 26th, 2007 · 3 Comments

It was love at first sight and you could tell instantly that the woman standing starry eyed at the end of the collectors’ fair stall was never going to be able to resist the two plush Teddy bears waiting to be taken home. The deal was struck and money swiftly changed hands, but it was […]

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Tags: Juvenalia · Toys

Barbie for sale: the story behind the ‘biggest collection in the world’

September 3rd, 2006 · 1 Comment

Like most of the bargains I buy on impulse, I knew it would come in useful eventually. We were browsing in a shop selling remaindered books and on the basis that one day I felt sure I would need to write about collecting Barbie dolls, the big, glossy pink encyclopaedic guide to the subject at […]

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Tags: Barbie · Juvenalia · Toys

Auction chance to give Smuggers a new home

November 17th, 2005 · No Comments

Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português Rare Steiff Teddy bear is star of Christmas collectors’ saleThe little boys looked forward to family trips from their home in Vienna to visit their three aunts in Düsseldorf, but not necessarily to see the matronly trio with their smothering hugs and embarrassing kisses. Instead, the […]

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Tags: Auctions · Juvenalia · Toys

Celebrities design Mickey Mouse souvenirs for charity auction sale

September 2nd, 2005 · No Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português You’ll know, if youre a regular reader of this column, that were just back from our annual holiday, in Florida, but as far away from Disneyland as we could get. With our two young apprentices now grown up, weve moved on from the traipse […]

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Tags: Collectables · Juvenalia · Mickey Mouse · Toys

Join the space race – but batteries not included!

March 20th, 2005 · No Comments

Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Portuguêsby Christopher Proudlove© It’s almost time … but not yet. According to the countdown clock on the BBC website, the invasion begins in . . . well, click on the link and see for yourself. Doctor Who is back – almost … and with Billie Piper as […]

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Tags: Juvenalia · Robotiana · Toys

Now jigsaws are collectable

February 18th, 2005 · 1 Comment

Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português by Christopher Proudlove I was never really that interested in jigsaw puzzles as a lad. They were the kind of thing you were reduced to tackling when chicken pox or some other childhood ailment meant you were confined to quarters and couldn’t cope with anything more […]

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Tags: Juvenalia · Toys