Spink is delighted to kick off the 2014 with three whole days of
successful Philatelic sales from around the globe.
Two strong collections featured items that attracted bidders old
and new, joining us over the phone with many more bidding live
online via Spink Live, which continues to attract attention across
To greet the New Year, Spink began with 'The Award Winning
"Medina" Collection of India, Part IV'. This sale is the
fourth in the series of sales devoted to the remarkable Medina
collection. This particular auction comprises issues from
Post-Independence India and features a fine array of essays, proofs
and issued stamps with varieties. Most notable was Lot 24. A 15n.p.
imperforate miniature sheet of four, inscribed with "1857-1957".
This beautiful sheet was never issued, making this proof example
completely unique, fetching £1,800 in auction.
The graphic beauty of Lot 125; a mounted 2r stamp dated
1874-1974, certainly caught the attention of bidders. The
scarce stamp was estimated £150-200 under the hammer, but in
auction it went for an impressive £2,640
Towards the latter part of the sale,
Lot 146 was revealed; a vertical strip of five stamps,
commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Franz
Schubert's death. The very rare multiple pulled in a remarkable
Following in the footsteps of The "Medina" Collection, Spink
hosted The Collector's Series. A sale containing over 1800 lots of
stamps and postal history.
Following, we have 'The Collector's Series'. This sale contained
over 1840 lots of stamps and postal history to be offered over
three days, including fine British Commonwealth with exceptional
Cape of Good Hope, Ceylon and Gold Coast. It also featured an
interesting section of letters to an Officer serving with the
British Army during the Crimean War and a fascinating letter
written by Florence Nightingale.
A noteworthy moment in this auction was Lot 1745; a 1885-90's
artist's original hand painted essay with blank value tablet used
for the 2d., 4d. and 1/- values. Also, below and outside the
design, there is an enlarged drawing of the Maltese Cross. The
delightful article achieved the World Record for an item of Maltese
artwork, selling for a ground breaking £38,400.
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