Consignments for the Autumn 2016 auction season are warmly invited with each specialised auction closing two months prior to the date of sale.
September 21 BRITISH EMPIRE & FOREIGN COUNTRIES, A specialised auction including the Mike Sartori collection and stock of Cinderella material, the Les Jacobs collection of 1935 Silver Jubilee issues, the ‘Dickinson’ collection of Egypt, the Dougie Elliott collection of Ethiopia stamps and postal history, the John Gillham collection of Iceland, the Clive Evans collection of the postcards of Kenya and Zanzibar and the fine all World collection formed by the late John Newell of Newquay.
September 22 THE BOUGAINVILLE COLLECTION OF FALKLAND ISLANDS, A landmark single-vendor auction of issues from Queen Victoria to King George VI, including rare and unique proofs and essays and one of only two known examples of the South Georgia 1928 Provisional with double surcharge, contained in a block of four.
November 8 GREAT BRITAIN, A specialised auction including the Roy Webster collection of Decimal Machin booklets.
November 9 BRITISH EMPIRE & FOREIGN COUNTRIES, including specialised Falkland Islands with the Hugh Osborne collection of King George VI issues.
Our commission charges are competitive, fully inclusive, and negotiable for valuable consignments. Whether you are considering the sale of the whole or part of your collection we will work with you to ensure that presentation and results meet your highest expectations. For further information please contact Andrew Williams at the address above or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud to announce the appointment of Robert P. Odenweller and Stephen D. Schumann as our official company representatives in the U.S.A. based on the East and West Coasts respectively. Bob and Steve will be pleased to provide all advice and assistance to U.S. clients wishing to consign material to our London auctions.
The British Empire & Foreign Countries and specialised Pacific Islands auctions held at GROSVENOR on 24th and 25th May realised a combined total of £722,147.
These auctions presented a wonderfully diverse array of rare items from all around the world with many notable prices achieved.
A fine unmounted mint marginal example of the Johore 1922-41 $500 (lot 1287, left) fully deserved its £19,040 realisation, whilst the handsome mint Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika 1922-27 £10 (lot 1241), featured on the front cover of the sale catalogue, did not disappoint at £7,614. A mint example of the Newfoundland 1930 Columbia Flight 50c. on 36c. (lot 327) again demonstrated its popularity, selling for £4,298 despite slight perforation irregularities
Auction of Pacific Islands Postage Stamps and Postal History
Sale number: 108
Start Date: Wednesday 25th May 2016
Sale Time: Wednesday 25th May 2016 at 11 am and 2 pm
A specialised auction of nearly 700 lots, featuring the Martin Baxendale Collection of Tonga, the Michael Parr Collection of the Territories of New Guinea and Papua, fine Cook Islands, Samoa and the Greg Willson collections of British Solomon Islands and Gilbert & Ellice Islands.
Auction of British Empire and Foreign Countries Postage Stamps and Postal History
Sale number: 107
Start Date: Tuesday 24th May 2016
Sale Time: Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm
A specialised auction of nearly 1,700 lots, including the John Sussex RDP, FRPSL Collection of Ireland, Falkland Islands including the Dr PG Cronk FRPSL collection of King George V issues, and significant offerings of specialised material from New Zealand, Saint Kitts-Nevis and Tanganyika
Public viewing at our offices is to be available on
Thursday 19th May 9.30 am to 5 pm
Friday 20th May 9.30 am to 5 pm
Monday 23rd May 9.30 am to 4 pm
Private viewing will be available from the 3rd May. Please telephone us beforehand to arrange an appointment.
The Ron Hake collection of Devon postal history was the starring feature in the specialised Great Britain auction held at GROSVENOR on April 21st, achieving a remarkable success and more than doubling its pre-sale estimates.
Dating from just before the English Civil War, a historic letter sent “hast post hast” in 1640 to Sir George Chudleigh, Deputy Lieutenant of the County (lot 220) rose strongly in bidding to £5,894. Showing on its reverse a fine strike of the “WELLS/X”, one of just two known examples of this very rare Cross Post marking, a 1709 entire from Croscombe to Plymouth (lot 228) soared to £3,316.
Auction of Great Britain Postage Stamps and Postal History
Thursday 21st April 2016 at 11.00 am and 2pm
A specialised auction of over 900 lots, the property of 134 vendors, featuring the Gold Medal winning collection of Devon Postal History and a collection of barred numeral cancellations formed by the late Ron Hake FSPH, fine and rare items of postal history, line engraved and surface printed
Public viewing at our offices is to be available on
Monday 18th April 9.30 am to 5 pm
Tuesday 19th April 9.30 am to 5 pm
Wednesday 20th April 9.30 am to 4 pm
Private viewing will be available from the 4th April. Please telephone us beforehand to arrange an appointment.
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Like the curate’s egg in the 1895 Punch cartoon, the March 16th/17th GROSVENOR auction was ‘excellent in parts’. This large auction contained offerings from no fewer than 218 vendors and results varied noticeably from country to country, the sale producing nevertheless a creditable total realisation of £648,085.
Amongst a most unusual offering of New Zealand wills and probate documents bearing ranges of Stamp Duty and Arms high values, the highest price achieved was the £1,666 paid for the wonderful 1925 will of Dorothea Ziele (lot 1457, detail left) displaying values to £17,359, an extraordinary denomination, probably unique.
Featured on the front cover of the sale catalogue was the unused block of ten of the 1862 6d. blue-green, first stamp of Antigua, the largest recorded multiple and additionally showing double perforations between the second and third columns (lot 232). This showpiece item found a new home for £11,710