On 14th May 2014,
Spink London held an auction of "Specialised Great Britain Stamps
and Postal History".
This was the first of two
auctions, within a week, to showcase the finest and most intriguing
British items available in the collectable stamp market.
The auction offered 959 lots
that ranged from Mulready envelopes to rare errors as well as a
wide selection of One Penny Blacks.
The auction began with an
assortment of Postal History and many rare and important items from
A highlight of the morning
was lot 74, an entire letter from Maorim (British Guiana) to
Dated 2nd March
1845, it is endorsed 'p Swordfish' with a fine strike of the fancy
scroll 'Ship Letter' and '2' in the same colour.
An attractive example of a
rare entire, it is complete with dates of transit (Dublin,
26th April) and arrival (London, 27th April).
It realised £1,680.
Price Realised: £1,680
Amongst the array of 250
Penny Blacks on offer was lot 310, a rare and impressive block of
six 1840 Penny Blacks.
With close to large margins
all round, it is stamped by crisp red Maltese Cross
The fine 3 x 2 block doubled
its estimate to achieve £11,400.
Price Realised: £11,400
Another highlight was lot
504, a 1d. rose-red imperforate with corner margins displaying the
plate number (plate 66).
Still containing a large part
of its original gum, the stamp has large to very large margins as
well as a full deckled edge.
With exceptionally fresh
colour, it is a beautiful example of a very scarce error and an
exhibition worthy piece. It realised £6,600.
Price Realised: £6,600
The auction also offered a
good group of Queen Elizabeth errors, such as lot 796, an unmounted
mint vertical pair.
The lower of the two stamps
has turquoise-green omitted from the printed illustration, making
it unique example amongst types of its kind.
Achieving £18,000, the
intriguing error was the highest earning lot of the day.
Spink Specialist and CEO of
the auction, Guy Croton, commented "Fantastic prices with rare
stamps continuing to show strength and growth, especially when in
Tomorrow, Spink London will
hold another sale of Great British stamps in the "J. E. Safra
Collection of Classic Great Britain Rarities", including 1840 One
Penny Blacks, 1840 Two Penny Blues and the famous King George V
1d. Tête-Bêche pair.
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