Brian Reeve: The latest Brian Reeve auction was held on 27–28 July. A comprehensive f.d.c. section included a number of highlights. A registered 1953 Coronation BPA/PTS cover, with a Buckingham Palace c.d.s. and neat handwritten address, achieved £975 from an estimate of £800 (lot 556).
Cavendish: On 6 July, Cavendish sold the David Brown Collection of Great Britain Stamps and Covers. A very rare use of a King George V 1913 £1 green Seahorse featured on an 18 August 1915 envelope that had been sent registered, insured and express to The Hague (lot 2382). This very rare cover, which may be a genuine commercial usage, surpassed its £1000 estimate to sell for £9500.
Cherrystone: A Rare Stamps and Postal History of the World sale was held by Cherrystone on 12–14 July. A USA highlight was a vertical pair of the 1847 10c. black; one of only a handful of pairs with original gum (lot 7). With large margins at top and left, this fine multiple made $14,000.
Eastern: Part Two of the AFAB Collection of Newfoundland and Canada was sold by Eastern Auctions of Canada on 22–23 June. An auction highlight was from the 1932 Dornier DO-X flight across the Atlantic. This was a mint example of the Newfoundland $1.50 on $1 blue with inverted surcharge (lot 420). Nicely centred with bright colour on fresh paper, along with intact perforations and full original gum, it went under the hammer for C$17,000.
Stanley Gibbons: Stanley Gibbons held a Stamps and Postal History of the World auction on 26–28 July. From the Japanese occupation of Brunei, a very fine used 1942–44 $3 on 1c. black surcharge (type 2) in orange-red (in three operations) was a sought-after Japanese occupation rarity (lot 228). Lightly struck by the c.d.s., it doubled its lower estimate to sell for £10,000.
T&T: On 5 July, T&T held a Stamps and Postcard auction, which was hosted by Easylive. The Great Britain section produced a number of highlights. In a good colour and perfectly centred, a very fine used 1881 10s. grey-green on blued paper, with a crisp central upright ‘LONDON. E.C.1883’ hooded c.d.s., achieved £1570 (lot 553).
Tennants: Tennants held a Stamps, Postcards and Postal History sale on 6 July. From the United States of America, a mint 1893 $5 Columbus was a very reasonably centred and extremely presentable example (lot 138). It surpassed its £200–£250 estimate to reach £1000.
All prices shown exclude buyers’ premium.