SPINK CHINA, HONG KONG - On
16 January 2015 Spink China kicked off the marathon of fifteen
sales held in January only across all Spink offices.
The star lot out of the
many hundreds of lots in five auction catalogues was the
label used in 1917 from the Russian Post Office in Ulankon
(Lot 2879). Sent by registered post to St. Petersburg, it is
believed that this post office was only opened in 1917 and would
have closed shortly after the October Revolution in Russia. This is
the only recorded item of mail from this remote area in Mongolia.
Spink offered this lot in the Fine Stamps and Covers of China and
Hong Kong sale and achieved an incredible price of HK$2,160,000,
setting a world record for a postal history item from
Russian Post Office in Northwestern
Spink had the great privilege
of auctioning the David Tett's Collection of Prisoner of War
Mail in East Asia and Dutch East Indies. The military prisoners
were divided into different camps. The Indian soldiers were held in
Camp "I" in Ma Tau Chung in Kowloon. Only one item of mail sent
from this camp is recorded. A special postcard sent by Bhagwan
Singh to his brother in India dated 28 May 1942
(Lot 2079) which realised HK$50,400,
twice the estimate.
The Bonds, Banknotes
and Coins of China and Hong Kong auction achieved impressive
results with the highlight being lot 1089. The Hong Kong and
Shanghai Banking Corporation was founded in 1865 in Hong Kong and
began issuing banknotes in the same year. Only a few specimens
of the very first series exist and notes from the late
19th century are only seen in
either specimen or cancelled forms. The earliest available issued
$100 is probably the 1901 series. Lot 1089 is dated 1912 and the
first of the series of $100. The earlier issue of 1909 is similar
but has a red reverse rather than the green
1912 date is, as far as we know, unique and as such a true gem. The
condition is very fine and free from brush writing and repairs as
often found on many notes from that period. The bidding started at
HK$150,000 and quickly went up to HK$220,000 when a buyer called
for HK$300,000. Another round of fierce bidding continued and the
note finally hammered for HK$470,000, which will place it amongst
the most expensive Hong Kong banknotes to be
To sum up
this weekend, many of our clients attended the collectables gala
and enjoyed the whisky tasting before the Wine and Spirits sale
that saw all Ports, Japanese whisky and Macallan whisky selling
well. We are pleased to continue selling the Macallan brand in our
auctions after achieving a world record of
HK$1,952,000for a full
cask of this whisky in July 2014.
For more information please contact:
Neil Granger +44 020 7563 4077 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommy Chau +852 3952 3000 or email@example.com
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