Today, 15th May, Spink London held
'The J. E. Safra Collection of Great Britain Rarities", completing
two days of sales devoted to British Philatelic
The auction offered 91 lots, many
of which have not been seen on the open market for over twenty
Amongst the highlights of the sale
was lot 1006, an 1840 Mulready with a franked 1840 One Penny Black,
Plate 1a PB and PC, and an 1840 Two Pence Blue horizontal strip of
Addressed to Mrs Jonna in Malta,
each stamp has been cancelled with a red Maltese Cross and black
The Two Pence Letter Sheet also
includes its original written contents;
"I enclose a few of the new Post
Stamps which are to be stuck on letters. They may be a Novelty in
This item demonstrates a
combination of early overseas use and franking, both of which are
dated just three days after the first official day of
The lot realised £72,000.
Another highlight was lot 1063, a
wonderful matched pair of an unused 1840 One Penny Black and a Two
Complementing each other with fine
and fresh colours, both are in excellent condition and demonstrate
a wonderful example of the world's first two postage
The very rare pair sold for
Price Realised: £31,200
An excellent example of the
exhibition quality items on offer was lot 1069, a very rare One
Penny Black block of four.
The mint 2 x 2 block contains its
original gum with the lower pair remaining unmounted
With a sharp impression and fresh
exceptional colour, the superb block achieved £60,000.
Price Realised: £60,000
The highest price achieved item was
lot 1081, a great line engraved rarity of an 1840 Two Pence Blue
mint block of four.
Still including a large part of its
original gum, the unused specimen has good to large margins all
The fresh and highly attractive
example is in remarkable condition and sold for £96,000.
Price Realised: £96,000
Spink Specialist and Auctioneer Guy
Croton, commented; "The auction showed strong results,
demonstrating that high quality stamps are in very high demand"
Next week, Spink USA will auction
'The J. E. Safra 24c. Inverted Jenny'. Due to be sold on the
21st May, the legendary error will be offered in a
single lot sale.
To find out more about the Inverted
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