On 10th October 2014,
Spink China held an eventful evening sale offering the remarkable
collection of Indian Postal Agencies in the Persian Gulf Area
assembled over many years by the well-known collector and student
of this area; the late Alan Parsons FRPSL.
The majority of lots achieved
incredible prices that surpassed estimates by the thousands.
Setting new records for Middle East material, Spink raised the bar
to a new level within this genre of stamp collecting.
Amongst the many highlights of the
evening was one of the finest of the few covers known with the "23"
Duplex, C5 from Muscat (Lot 2183). Dated 1871, the cover bears a
1a. brown with a superb complete strike of this very rare marking.
The small envelope gained a huge realised price of HK$420,000, the
highest earning lot of the auction.
Price Realised: HK$420,000
Also featured was the only recorded
cover from the experimental postal agency period at the time the
Bombay Circle was in control (Lot 2077). Dated 1870, the envelope
is registered "Via Southampton" to Birkenhead and bears a 2a.
orange and 4a. green with shared manuscript "Stamped". Impressively
achieving over 25 times its estimate, the cover realised
Price Realised: HK$360,000
Other impressive items included an
envelope registered to Basra, bearing Iraq British Occupation 4a.
on 1¾pi. red-brown and grey that showcased a very rare and almost
certainly unique usage of adhesive (Lot 2118 - Price Realised
HK$228,000), and a very rare censored envelope addressed to Karachi
and redirected locally. Marked with four different transit/arrival
datestamps in a variety of colours (Lot 2156 - Price Realised
Price Realised: HK$228,000
Price Realised: HK$216,000
Commenting upon the success of the
auction, David Parsons (Spink Specialist)
commented; "The remarkable prices achieved at this superb auction
confirms the huge continuing strength in Middle East postal
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