On June 17th 2014, Spink
London began a trio of back to back philatelic auctions with a sale
of 'Rhodesia featuring Arms and Admiral Issues from the Vestey
Collection'. This was the first in a series of ten auctions in
eighteen months to be sold by order of the trustees at
The auction gained a huge amount of
interest from collectors, whose competition enabled items to
surpass estimates, and in many cases doubled them.
Stamp Specialist, David Parsons,
commented; "These outstanding results confirm the continuing
strength in the Rhodesia market".
Opening with a grand selection of
19th Century Rhodesia Arms, the auction offered rarities
such as lot 32, a £20 yellow-bistre marginal horizontal strip of
four, S.G. 93a. Doubling its estimate, it realised an impressive
Price Realised: £30,000
The auction then moved to
concentrate upon the Admiral Issue, containing an outstanding
selection of essays, colour trials and issued stamps with a range
of multiples, there were many items offered that had not been seen
since the Gibbs sale of 1988.
The highlight of the Rhodesia
Admiral issues was lot 309, a 1-/ black and dull blue marginal
block of four from the foot of the sheet with full imprint, the
vertical pairs imperforate between, S.G. 300b. This garnered a lot
of interest from Spink Live, phone and room bidders, eventually
realising a fantastic price of £55,200, the highest achieving item
in the auction.
Amongst the other items on offer
was lot 281, a 2d. Head Die III, perforated 15 lower right corner
block of four, S.G. 279c. A great rarity and thought to be unique,
it achieved £34,800.
Other highlights included lot 86, a
rare example of a 1d. rose-red perforated 15 horizontal pair
imperforate between, S.G. 204a.
Believed to be one of only two
recorded examples, this great rarity realised £13,200
Spink London will be holding two
more philatelic sales on the following days; The "Garrison"
Collection of New Guinea "G.R.I." Surcharges on June
18th and The "Lionheart" Collection of Great Britain and
British Empire - Part III on June 19th.
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