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Exceeding Optimistc Opportunities
Jan 25 2014

On the 25th of January, Spink Switzerland paid homage to all types of philatelic treasures in 3 notably successful sales, selling hundreds of thousands worth of remarkable stamps, covers, autographs and postal history, going beyond expectations. The philately began with a diverse Collector's Series Sale encompassing a massive 1192 lots. The sale featured a number of splendid highlights from around the world, with some estimates being greatly surpassed as rarities passed on to new owners. Of n...

New York January Coin Sale to Feature Noteworthy Rarities
Dec 13 2013

The Spink Collector's Series sale in NY, January 14-15 2014, will feature the Gerald W. Jackson Collection of British Pennies. The collection is largely made up of a select group of Hammered types and late 18th Century onwards large Coppers. Hammered highlights include: An East Anglian Sceat or Transitional Penny of Beonna (749-760 or later). Less than a handful of these Interlace types are known and should be considered the first silver Penny of East Anglia. A unique Hiberno-Nors...

Exceptional Results for Great Britain Stamps and Postal History at Spink
Dec 12 2013

Spink is delighted to have rounded off our year of stamp sales with such a successful auction. Today over 1300 lots of Great Britain Stamps and Postal History went under the hammer in London, from perforated issues and important blocks to fascinating forgeries and rare errors.   Especially popular was the Great Britain 1867-80 2/- brown, QK-QL, imperforate horizontal pair, lot 796, which sold for sold for £22,800.   Other highlights include Lot 502, a famous cover and a unique...

Spink to Sell German WWII Propaganda Forgeries of GB Stamps
Dec 06 2013

On the 12th of December, 1300 lots of Great Britain Stamps and Postal History will be going under the hammer at Spink. These include an important and fascinating series of German Propaganda World War II Forgeries of British Stamps.     In the above example (Lot 1081), the Queen Mother has been replaced by an image of Stalin.   These remarkable stamps were forged in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp by specialist printers also forging £5 banknotes with the intention of damag...

Exceptional World Banknotes Exceed Estimates at Spink
Dec 06 2013

Spink has this week enjoyed a successful end to the year's calendar of banknote auctions, with many of the 1250 lots surpassing their estimates.   The star of the show was the Qatar & Dubai 25 Riyals (Lot 794), which garnered significant interest before selling for £31,200, well over its starting price.     A very rare and desirable note, the Qatar & Dubai Currency Board 25 Riyals opened today's auction with a flourish, and was one of a number of notes that stood o...

Bruce Lee Artefacts Fetch Over 2 Million HK$ at Spink China
Dec 05 2013

After tremendous interest worldwide, Spink China's Bruce Lee Memorabilia Sale has surpassed the estimate of almost every lot, sometimes by hundreds of thousands. The sale total passed 2 million HK$ with just fourteen lots.   This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Bruce Lee's death, and today Spink celebrated his remarkable life with a collection of memorabilia ranging from highly collectable autographs to personal clothing, jewellery and iconic weapons.   The room was packed...

Roman Coins and Roubles Sell Well Above Estimate at Spink
Dec 03 2013

In London early this week, Spink sold upwards of 1000 Ancient, British and Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals, including a number of Roman Aurei coins that surpassed their estimates by many thousands.   A wide range of high quality and historic World Coins sold strongly with high prices achieved for rare Polish and Russian coins.   Lot 516 Price Realised: £24,000   Lot 488 Price Realised: £6,240   Lot 485 Price Realised: £43,200   Day 2 focused on Br...

Bank of England First Subscription Triples Estimate at Spink
Nov 28 2013

In a busy London-based auction of Bonds & Share Certificates of the World, Spink today achieved a number of results well over estimate, including a massive £74,400 for a pair of certificates relating to the first subscription to the Bank of England in 1694.   Above: Lot 477 The certificates are for the subscription of £500 made by Sir Ralph Radcliffe (1633-1720) for his wife. On the larger receipt may be found the signatures of Sir Henry Furnese, Sir Theodore Janssen, Abraham Houblon...

Roman Gold Coins Among Highlights of December Coin Sale at Spink
Nov 26 2013

On the 2nd and 3rd of December, Spink will hold a 1080 lot sale of Ancient, British and Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals. The auction falls neatly into two parts, the first day with ancient and world coins, the second day devoted to British coins. Highlights include a small collection of Roman gold coins (lots 152-172 esp. 161, 164, 172), which will prove very popular as these are currently in great demand at the moment, and there is consequently a scarcity on the market.   The co...

Unique D.S.O. Group of Medals for China Fetches Five Times Estimate at Spink
Nov 21 2013

Significant interest in a number of important medal groups sold by Spink in today's auction has resulted in some remarkable prices realised. The star of this successful auction was the unique and well documented China 'Defence of Legations' D.S.O. Group to Lieutenant Colonel F.G. Poole, East Yorkshire Regiment, who commanded the International Volunteers in Peking and was wounded during the defence. Our London auction room was filled to capacity this morning when the D.S.O. Group sold for a ma...

Bank of England First Subscription for Auction at Spink
Nov 18 2013

On the 28th of November, Spink will be holding an auction of Bonds and Share Certificates of the World, which will include among its 800 lots a pair of certificates relating to the first subscription to the Bank of England. These are for the subscription of £500 made by Sir Ralph Radcliffe (1633-1720) for his wife. The first is dated June 1694 when the Government were raising funds to create the bank, and the second is dated September 1694, just after the Bank had been formed, for the second p...

A Week of Extraordinary Stamps & Autographs at Spink
Nov 15 2013

Spink has this week enjoyed a packed schedule of auctions, selling hundreds of thousands worth of remarkable stamps, covers, autographs and postal history.   The week began with a diverse Collector's Series Sale encompassing a massive 2000 lots. The three-day sale featured a number of splendid highlights from around the world, with some estimates being greatly surpassed as rarities passed on to new owners.   The Australia 1931-36 £2 mint block of four was a particular stand-out fo...

Unique D.S.O. Group of Medals for China to be Sold Alongside Historically Important Diaries at Spink
Nov 14 2013

Among the many interesting lots to go under the hammer at Spink on the 21st of November is the unique and well documented China 'Defence of Legations' D.S.O. Group to Lieutenant Colonel F.G. Poole, East Yorkshire Regiment, who commanded the International Volunteers in Peking and was wounded during the defence.   This is undoubtedly one of the finest campaign groups from the period, and will be sold alongside the remarkable diaries of Lieutenant Colonel Poole and his brother Dr. Wordswort...

Philatelic Collections from Mauritius and Britain & British Empire for Auction at Spink
Nov 11 2013

In another busy week of stamp auctions, Spink is delighted to present the "Lionheart" Collection of Great Britain and British Empire Part II and the Robert Marion Collection of Mauritius Stamps and Postal History, which will go under the hammer this Thursday the 14th of November. The morning will commence with the "Lionheart" Collection, a very nice single owner sale of 545 lots, which will include such gems as a 1913 Waterlow £1 green mint block of four (lot 3058), a Rhodesia  1910-13 £1...

Spink to Offer Archive of Napoleon Exile and Autographs of Nelson, Elizabeth I & Henry VIII
Nov 11 2013

On the 15th of November, Spink will proudly be offering some rare, historically significant autographs. These include an original letter from 1576 signed with the typically flamboyant signature of Queen Elizabeth "in the XIXth yere of my reigne."   Lot 2038 Elizabeth I Estimate: £12,000-15,000 This sale of over one hundred lots also includes some hugely important autographs, from Nelson to Henry VIII, and a fascinating research archive of Napoleon's exile on St. Helena, estimated to fe...

The Man, the Legend: Spink China presents the Bruce Lee 40th Anniversary Collection
Nov 11 2013

On the 5th of December 2013, forty years since the passing of Bruce Lee, Spink's expanding Hong Kong office is very proud to offer a stunning and unique collection of personal articles from the life and career of The Little Dragon.   From iconic film memorabilia to items of personal clothing and jewellery, this extraordinary selection of prized collectables represents landmark moments in the life of Bruce Lee, an evocative and enduring Chinese icon and a remarkable human being who has in...

Spink to Auction Rare Olympic Games Issues
Nov 06 2013

Spink's upcoming Collector's Series Sale will include a series of rare and fascinating issues from Olympic Games throughout history. These will go under the hammer on the morning of Wednesday the 13th of November, part of a diverse three-day sale in our London auction room. Athens has particularly good coverage, beautifully illustrating the immense history of the world's biggest and most influential sporting event.     Lot 1313 1896 Athens, 1L. to 1d., short set of nine, used...

The Man Who Saved Stanley: Spink to Sell Awards Bestowed Upon Doctor on Stanley’s Last African Expedition
Nov 04 2013

Above: Lot 29 On the 21st of November, Spink will be offering the opportunity to own the historically important group of honours and awards bestowed upon Surgeon-Major T.H. Parke, who saved the life of Henry Morton Stanley, the most famous African explorer of the age. Surgeon-Major T.H. Parke was a Doctor, Soldier, Explorer, and Naturalist. He served alongside Stanley in the Advance Column as Medical Officer on the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition of 1887-89, on which he saved the lives of both...

American Valentines Capture Hearts at Spink
Nov 01 2013

Among the copious treasures of a three-day Collector's Series Sale in London from the 11th to the 13th of November, is a series of magnificent Valentine-themed items from the United States. Primarily from the 19th century, these 200 or so lots provide an evocative insight into the history of St Valentine's Day in the US. The highlights include envelopes estimated to fetch several thousand. A high number of US bidders are expected to join us for the auction online via Spink Live. We are also d...

Spink Achieves Outstanding Results in Week of Stamp Sales
Oct 24 2013

Spink's London auction room has this week played host to four notable sales that have achieved excellent results for a wide range of philatelic rarities. These four strong collections featured items that attracted bidders both old and new, making for an eventful few days and enduring interest in the room. A high number of bidders also joined us over the phone for these sales, with many more bidding live online via Spink Live, which continues to bring in new global attention. We are proud to a...