SPINK LONDON | Spink has been
honoured with the privilege of handling some exceptional
collections in the past, and we are very pleased to add the Derek
Diamond collection of New Zealand to the list. On the
6th July, Spink will be auctioning the first part of his
fantastic collection in London. Derek Diamond served as Chairman of
the New Zealand Society of Great Britain between 2002 and 2012. We
hope that this will be an exciting and eventful sale to honour a
man so dedicated to the humble hobby that is philately.
In his professional life, Derek was
Professor of Geography at the London School of Economics and
specialised in Town Planning. Following his retirement, he was
elected an Honorary Fellow of the LSE and greatly relished the
annual dinners for the Honorary Fellows at which he met the great
and the good of the academic world. He was an Honorary
Vice-President of the Town and Country Planning Association.
He was a man of enormous energy and
drive who participated to the full in anything to which he
committed himself. Derek was evacuated to New Zealand during the
Second World War and during his stay he was introduced to philately
when an elderly neighbour gave him a packet of New Zealand stamps
which included some 1898's. His interest in the country continued
with his stamp collecting and his chief preoccupation was with the
1898 First Pictorial issue of New Zealand. This interest covered
all aspects of the issue from essays entered into the design
competition to the postal usage of the stamps. The outcome of this
interest was the book 'The 1898 Pictorial Issue of New Zealand'
which was published to much acclaim in 2014. The book well
illustrates both his academic approach to collecting and his belief
that everything is a part of a story and that the fun is to be had
by elucidating and telling the story to a receptive audience. He
also had a sideline collection of the 2d Chalons which is being
offered in the present sale.
From the section of 1855-73 Chalon
2d proofs within the sale, comes an exceptional 1855 Blue Paper
2d. blue strip of five with clear to large margins all round,
the left-hand two pairs cancelled with complete strikes of the "10"
obliterator (Wellington) and the right-hand stamp with a part
strike. An exceptional multiple. S.G. 5, £1,500+.
Lot 7, estimated: £1,000 - 1,200
Also amongst the more interesting
items is lot 351, a 3d. yellow-brown, compound perf. 11x14
cancelled by part Otahuhu 7 June 1902 datestamp. Not only is it a
very fine example, it is also the sole recorded example of a
compound perforation on Pirie paper. E9ba, $12,500; S.G. unlisted.
This remarkable stamp was discovered by Colin Hamilton in
1977. It has been suggested that as a note of explanation a sheet
of the perf. 11 unwatermarked paper was detected without vertical
perforations and put aside, later this single sheet was given its
vertical perforations in the new perf. 14 machines then engaged on
the 1⁄2d. stamps.
Lot 351, estimated: £5,000-6,000
For more information, please
contact David Parsons
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