Amongst the lots are good sections of the Madagascar Consulate stamps and the early Turks & Caicos QV Surcharges both groups being seldom seen and rarely offered. There are also good Ireland Seahorses with many scarce overprint varieties and major re-entries, great Australian States with Officials in blocks and unmounted mint pieces, Ceylon with fine Classics including the Key Plate 100r with inverted wmk on the front cover. We have never seen a copy so we think the catalogue value does not really reflect rarity! There are too many other good items to mention, but a quick flick through the catalogue should whet your appetite especially if you collect fine Commonwealth.
We have also been lucky enough to obtain several sizeable estates of Great Britain and Commonwealth including a former dealers stock neatly presented in stockbooks. There are many lots of these throughout the catalogue and we have left them largely intact with pretty modest estimates, so ideal dealer lots ready for resale.
This is definitely an interesting sale especially as there are many collections this time. We do recommend pre-sale viewing at our offices so please call us early to book a slot as space is somewhat limited.
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Essex Stamp Auctions February sale set another new record, reaching just over £235,000 including premium. Worldwide demand for fine quality single stamps and collections shows no sign of diminishing, and competitive bidding from the well-filled sale room floor added to the excitement and threw up some surprising results.
In the collections section an interesting and unusual Fiscal and Revenue collection made £800 (est £300), and a general collection in 30 albums (est £300) was fought over by several determined bidders and finally knocked down for £1380.
There was a large collection of Classic Bolivia on offer and many lots sold well above estimate including this superb 1867 Condor 10c brown block of 28 at £3200 (est £2500) and the 5c orange yellow in a complete sheet at £630 (est £360).
The good results continued through the British Commonwealth sections as this Bahamas 1942 6d COIUMBUS error lightly hinged sold at £500 (est £450), Cape of Good Hope 1863-64 4d in the very scarce steel blue shade mint fetched £1265 (est £700). Swaziland King George VI 1938 set in unmounted mint part sheets of 53 made a rather surprising £1840 against an estimate of £800.
Korea always seems to be in the news these days and an unusual 1952 POW cover from the Korean War from a Private in the Glorious Glosters in No.1 POW Camp made £630 (est £250).
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