SPINK LONDON | Spink have the
pleasure of working with a great many fantastic collections, and
this December will see one of the finest to be auctioned off. The
Graham Cooper Collection of King George VI Stamps will take place
on the 14-15th December 2016. The vast collection is the
product of many decades of avid acquisition and careful curation.
Philately was a long-standing interest of Graham's from a young
age, joining Leicester Philatelic Society in 1947, aged 15. He was
its longest-standing member and until recently, its only Honorary
Member. He joined the King George VI Collectors' Society in 1969
and the Royal Philatelic Society in 1976. He became a Fellow in
1984, as well as serving as its Special Representative for the West
Indies from 1990-1997.
Graham collected King George VI
from all areas of the Empire and applied a philatelic knowledge
acquired over many years to hone his acquisitions into an
exceptional collection widely known and much appreciated worldwide.
He spent many hours working on his collection at home and his
hallmark black Indian ink writing is evident across many pages of
the collection. Graham wrote a number of articles and pieces for
GEOSIX, the King George VI Society's Journal, between 1970 and
1991, on various King George VI subjects including albino printings
and overprints, Colonial die proofs, double prints, errors,
hand-painting, and oddments.
He had a major display of a tenth
of his collection at the Royal Philatelic Society on 17 October
1991, with an exhibit entitledKing George VI - Modem Classics or
Wallpaper?, attended by 71 Fellows and Members. The display filled
all 52 frames and was remarkable for the "very great number of
proofs which were shown together with errors". One unusual frame
was noted which contained the Roberts proofs for the Falkland
Islands with Foreign and other colonial stamps included to suggest
the colour of the new stamps.
He worked very hard, not only to
further his own collection, but to further the philatelic passion
in others; so much so that he offered to donate a trophy for George
VI entries to the British Philatelic Exhibition or Stampex (the
UK's major National Exhibitions). He did this "to encourage members
to exhibit to attract attention to the King George VI period and to
show exhibit authorities that there is sufficient interest to
justify a special award".
By the end of his collecting life,
he was well known for possessing "an example of virtually every
George VI rarity with the exception of the Indian States and
Japanese Occupation issues", being particularly proud of (lot 482)
his Hong Kong 8c imperforate pair, as well as (lot 1001) his mint
St Vincent 10s. inverted watermark, "still one of only two mint
Lot 482, estimated:
Lot 1001, estimated: £4,000 -
It is also worth noting that within
this sale are some truly exciting items that are sure to set the
Spink auction room furiously bidding. Lot 1088 is certainly amongst
these stand-alone lots, a Southern Rhodesia 2d. block of twenty,
being the complete lower two rows of a pane with imprint, variety
double print, one albino with most showing traces of inking of the
double impression, fine unmounted mint.
Lot 1088, estimated:
Lot 877 also deserves a mention as
a spectacular pair of 1943 New Zealand Health, Princesses Issues.
Specifically they are a 1d.+1⁄2d. and 2d.+1d. corner blocks of
eight containing an imperforate between pair of multiples. S.G.
636/a, 637/a, £32,000+.
Lot 877, estimated:
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