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 for the first day of the sale,
realising an outstanding £24,000.
The second day included a strong
collection of Olympic Games issues, including the Athens 1896 cover
bearing the set to the 1d., which realised £3,840, over double its
The busy sale concluded on Wednesday with
the Cranbourn Collection of Valentines. There were many notable
results, including the beautiful 1851 pierced paper lace envelope
from Bermuda, which fetched £1,680
On Thursday Spink held the "Lionheart"
Collection of Great Britain and British Empire Part II, which
included some exceptional items. The first lot to be sold was the
Great Britain 1840 1d., which sold for £8,400.
This was followed shortly after by the
Great Britain 1913 Waterlow £1 marginal block of four, a stunning
example of this rare multiple, which went for an impressive
In the afternoon we offered the Robert
Marion Collection of Mauritius Stamps and Postal History, a glowing
collection of letters and stamps, and the most comprehensive sale
of Mauritius to come on the market in the last forty years.
A magnificent 1848-59 2d. strip of three
was of particular note, realising £24,000.
Among the Mauritius covers sold was a
large part front to Pamplemousses, with a 1d. dull vermillion pair,
selling for £5,040.
Our eventful week of sales concluded this
afternoon with Postal History and Historical Documents. We were
delighted to welcome a number of new bidders to our London auction
room today, as this was an exciting new venture for Spink, it being
our first Document auction held in London.
Highlights included the autographs of
Queen Elizabeth I (£13,200) and King Henry VIII (£11,400), and the
Marchand Archive of 1896-98 (£21,600).
A number of estimates were surpassed
throughout the sale, including autographs from the Tudor court,
such as Walsingham, Essex and Lord Burghley. Also selling for above
its estimated value was the Queen Elizabeth II Royal Pardon for a
minor traffic offence, which sold for £300.
Speaking of the week's sales, Head of
Spink Stamp Department Guy Croton said "the diversity of the
material offered this week and the excellent prices achieved shows
that the philatelic market is as strong as ever, and Spink remains
at its core."
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