SPINK CONTINUES TO BUILD ITS
PRESENCE IN ASIA
GOOD RESULTS REPORTED FOR
MIZUHARA COLLECTION OF
KOREAN STAMPS &
BANKNOTES & COIN SALES &
TOP PRICES ACHIEVED FOR
An 1897 envelope from the Russian
Border Committee achieved HK$1,080,000
London. January 14,
2013. Private collectors, specialists and stamp enthusiasts
were offered the opportunity to bid on some exceptional items in
Spink's Hong Kong auctions held between the 11th &
13th January. Among some of the top prices realised were
those achieved for the private collection of the great philatelist
Meiso Mizuhara, founder of the Japanese Philatelic Society and
predominant collector of Korean postal history.
The collection was initiated in
1947, when little was known about Korea. Due to Mizuhara's
dedicated study and collecting prowess, the Mizuhara collection
became one of the greatest collections of Korea ever formed. He
exhibited widely around the globe and due to his collection being
so extensive, he was able to compile highly successful multiple
exhibitions over the period twenty five years. The collection is
rare in that it combines both the Japanese and Korean postal
Among the top lots in theMizuhara
salewas a delightful and highly important cover dating from 1879,
which was sent on the Vladivostok-Nagasaki route, then to Shanghai
and by French ship to Europe. Estimated to fetch HK$200,000-250,000
it achieved HK$540,000. Another outstanding exhibition item was a
piece bearing horizontal pairs of 5m. rose-pink and 10m. light
blue, each cancelled by a central strike of Inchon single-date
stamp folded between each stamp and one 10m.These are the only
recorded multiples of this issue, making it a prized piece of
Korean philately. Estimated at HK$500,000-600,000 it realised
An 1897 envelope from the Russian
Border Committee in Khasan sent to Seoul and bearing on reverse 5p.
and 25p. is a remarkable piece from this remote location. Only four
examples with the cancellation it bears, are known to have existed.
Estimated at HK$150,000-200,000 it achieved HK$1,080,000.
The Fine Stamps of China & Hong
Kong salesaw some good results, the top lot, an exceptionally rare
error stamp of $2 Hall of Classics with inverted centre used on the
cover, sold for HK$4,800,000 and is the only example of this
renowned $2 error stamp used on a cover in the world.
In 1915, Sinkiangoverprinted
the current stamps to avoid any currency speculation. In one
position on the $1 stamp the second and third characters of the
overprint were placed the wrong way around and a few sheets were
released before this mistake was discovered.
The particular block in the sale,
from the Burkhardt Collection, has remained unseen for seventy
years and realized HK$2,640,000 against a pre-sale estimate of
Another star lot was a very rare $2
Hall of Classics with Inverted Centre from the Colonel Valentine
Burkhardt Collection which fetched HK$1,200,000 against a pre-sale
estimate of HK$800,000-1,000,000. Only one sheet of 50 examples was
released and the lot in Spink's sale was an imprint single of
position 42 of this error sheet.
An album of Large Dragon issues of
Shanghai formed by Colonel Valentine Burkhard achieved HK$960,000
in the sale against an estimate of HK$400,000-500,000. Originally
issued in 1865, these are the first postage stamps issued in China.
Through dedication, Colonel Valentine Burkhard created a highly
sought after collection of this issue.
There was much enthusiastic bidding
in the sale ofBanknotes, Bonds & Share Certificates & Coins
of China & Hong Kong, where a China Republic, Li Yuan-Hung
Founding the Republic dollar achieved HK$90,000 against an estimate
In the Bonds & Shares section,
a very fine and detailed Chinese Central Government 6% 'Austrian
Loan' £1000 bond, sold for the competitive price of HK$45,600
against a pre-sale estimate of HK$25,000-30,000.
An Honor Company $100 shares
certificate dating from 1932 features a lovely vignette of the
company's shops and offices. An ornate border and black and blue
Chinese text with English makes this is a very attractive piece and
instigated spirited bidding. It finally sold for HK$13,200 against
an estimate of HK$4,000-5,000.
In the banknote section there was
much interest in an 1898 Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
specimen for $50. The note is perforated withcancelledand details a
rare Barclay & Fry engraving. Estimated at HK$60,000-80,000, it
realised the staggering price of HK$372,000.
Another note of interest was the
Deutsche-Asiatische bank note, part issued $100 Peking,
1st July 1914. A very attractive note featuring Germania
at right and arms at top left, a dragon low left, it drew much
attention as a fine and rare piece, achieving HK$162,000 against an
estimate of HK$100,000-120,000. The sale featured three excellent
collections of Chinese banknotes; those from the Thomas d'Adamo
Collection from Argentina, The Michael Phua Collection from
Singapore and The Keith Austin Collection from Panang., which all
sold very well to an enthusiastic and packed saleroom.
Spink's first wine sale of the
year, anEvening of Exceptional Winessaw competitive bidding for
outstanding wines from France, Australia and the U.S. Bordeaux
First growths were as popular as ever, as well as vintage
Among the highlights of the sale
was an extremely rare case of six bottles of the revered 1947
Château Cheval Blanc, which sold for HK$793,000 against a pre-sale
low estimate of HK$630,000.
The sale saw enthusiastic bidding
in the room and on the telephones for five Imperials from Château
Pavie, the recently classified Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé,
with prices ranging from HK$18,300 to HK$26,840 against estimates
of HK$15,000up to HK$27,000.
Spink Fine Wines is already
accepting consignments for its April sale and offers free wine
valuations all year round.
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