Abacus: On 3–4 August, Abacus in Australia held their latest public auction. The Australian stamps section started with a substantial offering of Kangaroo singles and positional pieces. In the First watermark Kangaroos, there was a marginal 5s. grey and yellow (plate 2), showing a dark back on the kangaroo and a ‘CA’ monogram in the margin, which was in mint condition (lot 161). The second recorded mint example of this stamp, it surpassed its A$15,000 estimate to sell for A$19,000.
Daniel F Kelleher: The sale of the San Marino Collection of Select British Empire issues at Daniel F Kelleher on 26 July featured approximately 400 lots. Among the highlights from the auction was an extremely fine example of the King George V 1925 £100 black and red from Kenya and Uganda that was overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’ (lot 3151). This pristine stamp sold for its lower estimate of $3000.
Horners: On 22 August, Horners in Acle, Norfolk, held the sale of the ‘Southwold’ hoard of railway related philately, which was a single owner specialist auction. A scarce item form the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway was a 29 September 1917 ‘Wilson’ cover, which bore King George V 1d. and 2d. values tied with a Barnstaple c.d.s. and a violet boxed ‘CANCELLED’ handstamp (lot 69). From an estimate of £100–£200, the cover sold for £300.
Martello: An auction of stamps, other philatelic material and coins, comprising over 700 lots, was held by Martello on 29 July. Featuring the very scarce ‘L4’ late fee mark in red on the front, a cover from London to Turin, with two 1868 6d. plate 6 singles, went under the hammer for £980, which was near the top of its £850–£1000 estimate (lot 199).
Robert A Siegel: In New York on 26–28 July, Robert A Siegel held a United States Stamps and Postal History sale. From the 1861–68 issue, the auction had one of three recorded items for all denominations cancelled on the first day of issue, and the only one with the 3c. pink stamp (lot 136). It was tied by a clear strike of a blue ‘Baltimore Md. Aug. 17’ (1861) first day c.d.s. on a buff cover to Frederick, MD. In August 1861, all stamps in circulation were demonestised and replaced by a new issue to prevent the states rebelling in the south from cashing in on stamp supplies in southern post offices. The first delivery of the new designs from the National Bank Note Company was on 16 August, with Baltimore the first city to receive a shipment of the new stamps, which were placed on sale on 17 August. From an estimate of $5000–$7500, the cover reached $17,000.
Schuyler Rumsey: Two specialist sales were held by Schuyler Rumsey at the Great American Stamp Show in August. On 26 August, they held the sale of the Alan Parsons Collection of United States Postage Stamps. Among the 1857 issue, an attractive example of a very rare unused 10c. green (type IV), which was in a rich colour, made $24,000 (lot 2102).
Spink: The sale of the Robin Gwynn Collection of New Zealand was held by Spink at the Royal Philatelic Society London on 26 July. From the Great Barrier Island Pigeon Post, the auction included what is believed to be a unique sheet of 12 of the 1s. green-blue that was overprinted ‘MAROTIRI/Pigeongram’; a major New Zealand and world air rarity, with only 240 stamps printed (lot 251). With full selvedge at top and right, and ‘Marotiri’ set to right by ½mm in column one and the overprint offset on reverse in row two, this complete and unused sheet achieved £11,000.
Toovey’s: At Toovey’s auction on 24 August, a price of £440 was achieved for a mint example of the 1929 PUC £1 stamp with red ‘SPECIMEN’ overprint (lot 3024).
All prices shown exclude buyers’ premium.