On May 14th and
15th, Spink London will hold two separate stamp auctions
that will excite Philatelists and Collectors alike.
Beginning with an auction of
"Specialised Great Britain Stamps and Postal History" on
The sale consists of 959
collectable items from Great Britain, ranging from Mulready
envelopes to rare errors. It also offers a wide selection of One
Highlights include lot 449, a trial
cancellation of a "V.R." Official Penny Black. This rare example is
attractive and in good condition. Estimated £16,000 - £20,000, it
is the most valuable of the 250 lots of Penny Blacks on
Estimate: £16,000 - £20,000
Another notable item is lot 466, a
One Penny Red-Brown on a very early Submarine telegraph. Printed in
red, the envelope is addressed to Bath with "From Dover
Station/23rd day of Feby 1852/IMMEDIATE"completed by
The lot is complete with its
telegraphic cross Channel message, addressed to Mr and Mrs Taylor
with "affectionate and very best wishes" for their journey to
The date which this telegraph was
sent indicates that it was dispatched just over 3 months after the
submarine line was opened to the public.
Estimated £10,000 - £15,000, it is
a cover of major importance in the field of transport and
Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000
Towards the end of the sale, lot
791, a block of eighteen Christmas stamps features an intriguing
error from the printing process.
From the upper left corner of the
sheet, seven of the eighteen have omitted gold portraits. Due to a
pre-printing paper fold, the gold portraits have been printed on
the reverse. A fine and beautiful example of an error, it is
estimated £20,000 - £25,000.
Estimate: £20,000 - £25,000
The next day, May 15th 2014, Spink
London will hold 'The J. E. Safra Collection of Great Britain
Offering 91 high quality lots, the
auction showcases many rare and beautiful items which haven't been
seen on the open market for over twenty years.
Amongst the highlights is lot 1005,
an 1840 Mulready with a franked One Penny Black. This envelope was
used on the first day of issue and is in excellent condition.
Displaying its issued "May Date", it is one of only six recorded.
Estimated at £50,000 - £70,000.
Estimate: £50,000 - £70,000
Lot 1081 presents a fresh and
highly attractive example of an 1840 Two Pence Blue mint block of
Still including part of its
original gum, the specimen has good to large margins all round. A
great line engraved rarity, the block is in remarkable exhibition
quality and is estimated £60,000 - £80,000.
Estimate: £60,000 - £80,000
The J. E. Safra Collection of Great
Britain Rarities concludes with lot 1091, the finest of the three
known King George V Watermark Simple Cypher 1d. scarlet tête-bêche
Dated 1912-24, the stamps are the
finest out of four known recorded examples in private
A great rarity from the reign of
King George V, it is estimated £40,000 - £50,000.
Estimate: £40,000 - £50,000
Spink is the world's leading auctioneer of stamps, coins,
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wine. Since its foundation in 1666, the Spink name has become
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Spink offers an unparalleled range of services to collectors
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