Spink put on four solid
auctions this weekend, including the highest grossing stamp auction
ever held in Asia which achieved HK$84,000,000, with the combined
total in excess of HK$100mn
SPINK CHINA | We are only halfway
through the first month of 2016, Spink's 350th year, and already
Spink is smashing records and raising the bar of Asian
auctions. The event starred: Meiso Mizuhara, The Exhibition
Collection, Chinese Customs Post on Sunday
The Mizuhara collection proved to
be a new bench mark for stamp auctioning in Asia by being not only
the largest stamp auction held in Hong Kong or even China, but for
the entirety of Asia. It was also the largest single vendor
auction; the previous record was over 20 years ago and spread out
over seven catalogues and several years. The results of this
auction add further dignity to an already great philatelic
collector and stand as a firm testament of success for a lifetime
dedicated to Chinese philately. Despite the challenging environment
in Chinese financial markets, the auction broke many world
Mizuhara's fantastic array of
essays, die proofs and exquisite rarities captured the heart and
soul of the auction room; achieving an incredible World record for
a stamp essay of any country. This honour was awarded to lot 1515:
the unique pair of essays which are an important part of the
development of the Large Dragon design.
Lot 1515 - A pair of fine brush
painted essays on stout wove paper. A delightful and highly
important pair of essays which have a prominent place in the
history of the dragon design. Realised: HK$4,800,000
Lot 1516, the Elephant essay sold
at an incredible price for HK$3,000,000.
Lot 1516 - 1878 -83 The Large
Dragon Issue and Proofs. The third fine brush design in the
The dragon proved to be a
very lucky motif for Spink and a mere 6 lots later,
another record was smashed; Lot 1522 proved to be a world record
for a die proof of any country, realising HK$2,040,000.
Lot 1522 - 1 ca. die proof in black
on stout wove paper, 48 x 68 mm. This displays the final dragon
design with three dots for each eyebrow. Only two examples have
Two of the legendary rarities, "The
small dollar" where sold as separate lots; lot 1719 going under the
hammer at a HK$4,320,000, and lot 1720 achieving a World record for
China's most iconic stamp, realising HK$6,240.000.
Lot 1719 and 1720 - 1897 Revenue
Surcharges. The One Small Dollar. $1 on 3c. red.
Apart from these bright shiners
there were many excellent results in this auction, affirming
Spink's place at the head of philatelic auctions in Asia; sourcing
quality material of the highest caliber for collectors world-wide.
After a very intense and very strong battle between several
bidders; Lot 1682, The United States Post office cover, was sold
for almost quadruple its estimate at HK$5,760,000.
Lot 1682 - 1878-83 The Large Dragon
Issue. United States Post Office.
The small dragon issue covers,
1885-88 with Lot 1699; The French post office, large dragon and
small dragon used in combination realized HK$1,800,000.
Lot 1699 - 1885-88 The Small Dragon
Issue covers, French Post Office
Spink is extremely proud to be part
of this magnificent event in Chinese philately. Spectacular results
were achieved due to the importance of this collection from one of
the great collectors - Meiso Mizuhara.
On Friday 15th evening
Spink kicked off with the the Fine Whiskey, Cognac and other
Spirits sale. The entire event was prefaced by an auction of some
of the world's finest liquor and saw the sale of the First Official
Organic Whisky Cask, a Springbank 1992, which sold for HK$683,200.
Spink is now firmly established as the leading auction house in
Asia for selling casks of whisky and rum, having sold more casks
than any other auction house.
Lot 61 - Da Mihile Organic
Springbank cask. Unique piece of Scotch whiskey history. 1992, 24
years old . Cask No.240. At cask strength 50-52%, should produce
about 280 bottles.
Following this delightful evening
we woke up on Saturday to our Numismatic auction of Banknotes,
Bonds & Share Certificates and Coins of China and Hong Kong,
which must be mentioned as an event full of rarities. For the first
time ever, a complete set of 1912 specimen notes from The
Mercantile Bank of Bombay was offered at auction. The Bank issued
the pictorial series from 1912 in denominations of $5, $10, $25,
$50 and $100. The $5 and $10 were printed until 1941 but the $25
was only a one year issue (1912), the $50 until 1930 and the $100
until 1960. The iconic $25 performed extremely well and the total
set sold for HK$921,600.
Lot 1269 achieved a fantastic
result. It was a Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, $50
cancelled issued note from 1898. A true rarity in superb condition
for its type and very likely a completely unique offering and
appropriately realised: $504,000.
Lot 1269 - $50 cancelled issued
note from 1898.
The sale included some very
interesting Chinese coins and Bonds. For the coin section it was
Lot 115, one of the top lots; the fine and rare silver $1 Coin that
sold above its high estimate at HK$33,600.
Lot 115 -1924, Duan Qi Rui on
obverse, Chinese characters "He Ping" on reverse.
We had a solid and short section of
Bonds and Shares as part of the Numismatic sale where Lot
318, The Szhechuan Hanzhong Railway Company Limited, a very fine
and scare item comprising 5 shares of 5 taels, remainder sold
Lot 318 - 5 Shares of 5 taels,
republic' overprinted on 2Kuangxu!, number 27, blue ornate border,
dragons at top, pale green underprint, reverse black, steam train
with crossed dragon flags at top, text in English and
A World Breaking philatelic auction
and two sales packed with the fine collectable material was not
enough for Spink HK. In the afternoon session of the
17th, Spink put on another auction to delight and thrill
the shrewdest collectors achieving once again, very solid
Lot 2100 - China. Large dragon
covers. 1883 (22 Mar.) Kennard Davis envelope to Shanghai bearing
Great Britain 1880-83. Realised HK$420,000.
Lot 2073 - Large Dragons Postmarks.
Shanghai - Type B; 1ca to 5ca. Wide setting set of three with 1ca
deep green. Very rare and believed to be the only wide setting set.
Spink would like to thank everyone
who was part of this historical and successful week, specially to
the old and new passionate collectors who supported us during the
sales, who we had the pleasure to personally meet during the
extremely busy auctions and to our dedicated clients were
integral to the excellent results achieved in this intensely packed
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