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Sporting and Collectors' Sale: Lions, Tigers and Bears!

Brian Goodison-Blanks previews the September 2014 Sporting and Collectors Sale that is being held in our Exeter salerooms on 3rd/4th September 2014 with live online bidding for those that cannot be at the auction in person. The sale has an even greater number of eclectic and unusual items on offer than usual, with considerable international interest already being shown, stiff competititon is expected over the two day auction.

An Early 20th Century Steiff Blonde Plush Bear 'Big Ted' (SC19/858) is being offered in the Sporting and Collectors Sale on 3rd/4th September 2014 with a pre-sale
        estimate of £1,000-£1,500.

An Early 20th Century Steiff Blonde Plush Bear 'Big Ted' (SC19/858) is being offered in the Sporting and Collectors Sale on 3rd/4th September 2014 with a pre-sale estimate of £1,000-£1,500.

Once again the Sporting & Collectors Auction at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood is upon us with an even greater number of eclectic and unusual items over the 3rd/4th September 2014.

Taxidermy may seem macabre to many, but there are still collectors of Tiger skins (SC19/60) and cased birds today. At the other end of the spectrum are the doll and teddy collectors who are just as fanatical as the rest of us when it comes to our collecting passions. Certainly the large blonde plush Steiff bear (SC19/858) and the push along growling Polar Bear (SC19/852) could warm the heart of anyone dismissive of the sale.

The auction includes a Panurge Pale Plush 'Push Along' Bear (SC19/852), which is inviting modest bids of £50-£70. The sale in Exeter will have live 
        online bidding support from our partners The Saleroom and Invaluable.

The auction includes a Panurge Pale Plush 'Push Along' Bear (SC19/852), which is inviting modest bids of £50-£70. The sale in Exeter will have live online bidding support from our partners The Saleroom and Invaluable.

Collecting is a passion that drives many people to the sale, often helped by nostalgia for childhood toys or a deep interest in a historical subject or period. From the Beatles autographs (SC19/1286) to the (SC19/780A), and from the boxed trains to the early fountain pens, the sale illustrates that we all have treasures hidden away in drawers and cupboards that we may think nothing of, but many, many other people do!

The two day sale presents the opportunity to acquire an Autograph Album Signed John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (SC19/1286).

The two day sale presents the opportunity to acquire an Autograph Album Signed John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (SC19/1286).

Amongst the diverse lots on offer is a collection of early cricket and football postcards (SC19/780a), which is inviting bids of £300-£500.

Amongst the diverse lots on offer is a collection of early cricket and football postcards (SC19/780a), which is inviting bids of £300-£500.

One of the growing areas of collecting is medals and militaria A fact that is reflected by the size of these sections within the sale. Imagine being the recipient of a Waterloo Medal (SC19/427) and having participated in perhaps one of the most significant battles of the 19th century. To a collector, this medal and many others that are in the sale are poignant reminders of history.

The 1815 Waterloo Medal awarded to Charles Quinn 1st Batt 40th Rgt Foot (SC19/427), which carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,000-£1,200.

The 1815 Waterloo Medal awarded to Charles Quinn 1st Batt 40th Rgt Foot (SC19/427), which carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,000-£1,200.

The two day sale has already attracted a great deal of international interest via the Internet and strong competition is expected on the day from buyers who will travel to the sale on the day.

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