On June 17th 2014, Spink London began a trio of back to back philatelic auctions with a sale of 'Rhodesia featuring Arms and Admiral Issues from the Vestey Collection'. This was the first in a series of ten auctions in eighteen months to be sold by order of the trustees at Spink. 

The auction gained a huge amount of interest from collectors, whose competition enabled items to surpass estimates, and in many cases doubled them.    

Stamp Specialist, David Parsons, commented; "These outstanding results confirm the continuing strength in the Rhodesia market".

Opening with a grand selection of 19th Century Rhodesia Arms, the auction offered rarities such as lot 32, a £20 yellow-bistre marginal horizontal strip of four, S.G. 93a. Doubling its estimate, it realised an impressive £30,000.


Lot 32

Price Realised: £30,000

The auction then moved to concentrate upon the Admiral Issue, containing an outstanding selection of essays, colour trials and issued stamps with a range of multiples, there were many items offered that had not been seen since the Gibbs sale of 1988. 

The highlight of the Rhodesia Admiral issues was lot 309, a 1-/ black and dull blue marginal block of four from the foot of the sheet with full imprint, the vertical pairs imperforate between, S.G. 300b. This garnered a lot of interest from Spink Live, phone and room bidders, eventually realising a fantastic price of £55,200, the highest achieving item in the auction.


Lot 309

Price Realised: £55,200

Amongst the other items on offer was lot 281, a 2d. Head Die III, perforated 15 lower right corner block of four, S.G. 279c. A great rarity and thought to be unique, it achieved £34,800. 


Lot 281

Price Realised: £34,800

Other highlights included lot 86, a rare example of a 1d. rose-red perforated 15 horizontal pair imperforate between, S.G. 204a.

Believed to be one of only two recorded examples, this great rarity realised £13,200


Lot 86

Price Realised: £13,200

Spink London will be holding two more philatelic sales on the following days; The "Garrison" Collection of New Guinea "G.R.I." Surcharges on June 18th and The "Lionheart" Collection of Great Britain and British Empire - Part III on June 19th.

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