The ‘Around the Rooms’ feature in Philatelic Exporter provides a monthly update on worldwide stamp auctions. Here are a few key highlights from the auctions featured in the July edition.
Brian Reeve – All World (27–28 April): From the surface-printed issues, a used 1882 £5 orange on white paper bore a full Glasgow c.d.s. (lot 553). In a fine condition, this well-centred example went under the hammer for £1250.
Leski – Stamps, Coins and Postal History (10 May): From the Third watermark Kangaroos, a mint 2d. grey (die 1) with an inverted watermark surpassed its A$150–A$200 estimate to sell for A$13,000 (lot 177).
Raritan – Worldwide Air Post Stamps and Postal History, Philatelic Rarities of the World (1–3 June): The selection from the People’s Republic of China included a rare very fine example of the 1962 3y. Stage Art of Mei Lan-fang souvenir sheet (lot 889). The $13,000 hammer price for this sheet was in the middle of its $10,000–$15,000 estimate.
Robert A Siegel – David W Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used US Stamps (17–20 May): One of the sale’s key highlights was a 10c. green from the 1875 reissue of the 1861–66 issue, with a cork cancel; one of only five used examples recorded (lot 633). In a deep rich colour and with a proof-like impression on bright paper, this perfectly centred stamp sold for $85,000.
Sparks (9–12 May): From the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, a sheet margin example of the 1959 5c. opening of the St Lawrence Seaway issue with an inverted centre was one of only 400 produced (lot 444). Accompanied by its original 1969 receipt from when the consignor purchased it for $1800, this scarce and sought-after stamp went under the hammer for C$7500.
Spink – Important Stamps and Covers of the World (12 May): One of the major rarities of the Straits Settlements featured in the auction. This well-centred example of the 1921–33 $500 purple and orange-brown, with Multiple Script CA watermark, had a full sheet margin at top and went under the hammer for £42,000 (lot 95).
Tony Lester (17–18 May): From the decimal commemoratives of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, a 1988 Christmas 13p error of value, a ‘new’ discovery found in a yearbook, achieved £2600 (lot 770).
Warwick and Warwick (4 May): A seldom seen Great Britain 1847–54 1s. embossed green, which was in mint condition and had four clear margins, more than doubled its estimate of £2500 to sell for £5500 (lot 359).