Auckland City Stamps: Auckland City Stamps held the public auction of the New Zealand Full Face Queen Collection formed by the late George Branam, as well as other New Zealand stamp rarities, on 18–19 June. From the 1855–58 imperforated issue printed by Richardson, a fine used horizontal strip of five 1d. reds, on unwatermarked paper, was a rare multiple (lot 1). With four clear margins, its NZ$16,000 hammer price was within its NZ$15000–NZ$18000 estimate.
Cavendish: A Worldwide and Great Britain auction was held by Cavendish on 22–23 June. One of the highlights was a full set of the 1929 PUC issue with first day cancels of 10 May on Congress stationery (lot 1467). Fine and extremely rare with all five values, it surpassed its £1500 estimate to achieve £7000.
Cheshire Stamp Auctions: The public sale held by Cheshire Stamp Auctions at their Knutsford auction room on 11 June included various specialised sections. From Malta, an extremely fine mint example of the 1860–63 ½d. buff, described as one of the best in existence, achieved £1550 (lot 440).
Christoph Gärtner: The summer auction of Christoph Gärtner took place from 20–25 June. The focus of the auction was China and Germany, with German States, Saar and Memel, as well as estates. Among the highlights from China was a mint 1964 15th anniversary miniature sheet, which sold for €3400 (lot 343).
David Feldman: On 13–17 June, David Feldman held their Spring Auction series at their Geneva headquarters, where there were specialised catalogues for the Olympics, Italian postal history abroad and Egypt. In the GB section, a rarity was an Inland Revenue 1902 10s. ultramarine ‘I. R. OFFICIAL’ (lot 60435). This mint example exceeded its £20,000–£25,000 estimate to sell for £30,000.
Grosvenor: A British Empire and Foreign Countries sale was held by Grosvenor on 15–16 June. An August 1888 Bechuanaland Protectorate 10s. green and black in mint condition exceeded its £1500–£2000 estimate to go under the hammer for £2300 (lot 321).
Spink: The first part of the Klempka family collection of Great Britain was sold by Spink on 21 June. A great rarity was a 1 October 1840 Mulready envelope to India, being one of only two known Mulreadys with stamps to India (lot 79). This 2d. envelope to Ajmeer, which was redirected to Agra, was uprated with two 2d. plate 1 pairs (CI–CJ and DG–DH) and a single (DI) in a rich, full blue shade, paying the 1s. rate to India. The cover, with stamps cancelled by orange Bristol Maltese Crosses and a matching c.d.s. on the reverse, which was also tied with a Clifton undated postmark and endorsed ‘via Falmouth/Red Sea’, went under the hammer for £75,000.
Stanley Gibbons: On 15 June, Stanley Gibbons sold the Graham Booth Collection of Cayman Islands Postal History. A rare type 5 manuscript provisional of ‘Paid 1/4d, G.A.P., asst.’ in brackets, with a Georgetown 15 October 1908 c.d.s. alongside, was one of only two recorded examples (lot 50). The initials were those of Miss Gwendoline Angeline Parsons, who was postmistress but resigned on 1 October 1908 to become assistant to the new postmaster, Mr McCausland. From an estimate of £3000–£4000, it went under the hammer for £4500.
On 6 July, Stanley Gibbons held the sale of the David Spivack Admiral Collection of Rhodesia. A ‘jumbo’ example of the 1917–20 £1 (head die IIIA, perf. 14) from plate 3R state 1 in grey-black and deep rose-lilac was one of only a few examples so far recorded and achieved £4200, more than four times its lower estimate of £950 (lot 531).
All prices shown exclude buyers’ premium.