During the 12th and 13th of March, Spink
London held two philatelic sales showcasing postal history from the
late 1800's, selling thousands of pounds worth of perforated
issues, important blocks, fascinating forgeries and rare
Starting off the two strong sales was 'The Anglo-Boer War,
Featuring Occupation and Siege Issues, The Harry Birkhead
Collection'. This was the finest and the most comprehensive
collection of mail relating to sieges of the Anglo-Boer War
The sale was popular with clients who have been waiting years
for this collection to come to the market place.
Featured among the highlights was lot 228, a 3d. pale blue on
blue variety reversed design printed from a glass plate during the
siege of Mafeking. Only ten of the twelve examples have been
recorded to date, with three in the Royal Philatelic
Selling for an outstanding record of £40,800, it was the sale's
star item; it generated a lot of interest both in the auction room
and from buyers online via Spink Live.
Price Realised: £40,800
Other highlights included lot 185, a fine and rare example of a
1/- on 4d. green and purple brown, variety surcharge double,
realising a price of £7,200
and lot 238, a rare and neatly cancelled 3d. pale blue on blue
imperforate between stamp and margin variety, selling for
Price realised £7,200
All 427 lots were sold, which according to Spink specialist
David Parsons is "a rare accomplishment in today's market
The following day, Spink London held a sale of 'The Foxley'
Collections of British Guiana and British Honduras.
Formed over a 50 year period by a member of the Royal Philatelic
Society, the large and diverse collections brought attention from
bidders across the globe through its wide ranging selection of
stamps and postal history.
The sale was split in two, the morning devoted to British Guiana
and the afternoon to British Honduras.
The morning session had solid competition from buyers both
online and in the room.
Highlights of this session included lot 1062. A unique and
magnificent 4c. complete die proof, achieving a superb realised
price of £13,200. It doubled its original estimate, much like many
other lots featured in the collection.
Price realised £13,200
Lot 1433 had a lot of interest from bidders and in particular on
Spink Live. A 1934 4c. slate-violet vertical pair variety
imperforate stamps, originally part of a sheet of 60 comprised of
30 error pairs. The extremely rare imperforate was sold for
Price realised £14,400
The afternoon session focused upon British Honduras which
equally matched the excitement of the morning session.
The most outstanding item was lot 1563, a very rare envelope
addressed to the USA, bearing 6d. rose. This remarkable item
achieved a brilliant £11,00 in auction
Price realised 11,000
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