Ace: Ace held their latest auction on 3–4 September at the Cannington Exhibition Centre in Perth. An extremely rare Australia 1914–20 inverted watermark 5d. chestnut was printed on the gum side and with line perfs (lot 1253). Additionally, perfined ‘OS’, its hammer price of A$6250 was more than double its estimate of A$2500.
Cheshire Stamp Auctions: On 10 September, Cheshire Stamp Auctions held an auction at their sale room and online. The auction included a large selection of Queen Victoria officials. Featuring a blue-black overprint, a used Inland Revenue 1882–1901 £1 brown-lilac, with Orbs watermark, reached £5000 (lot 627).
Corbitts: At the Corbitts auction on 31 August, the GB sections provided several highlights. Dating from 1 January 1902, a set of four values (½d., 1d., 2½d. and 6d.) on an illustrated 1890 Jubilee envelope, neatly tied by ‘Staines’ double ring c.d.s. cancels on the first day, was exceedingly rare (lot 1344). Generally very fine, it made its lower estimate of £2500.
Daniel Kelleher: An auction of over 2200 lots, covering US and its possessions, British and worldwide, was held by Daniel Kelleher on 13–16 September. The USA sections provided key auction highlights. A 1909 8c. olive green on bluish paper was a well-centred example of this rarity, with the Post Office Department believed to have only made approximately 80 of the 8c. on bluish paper (lot 3296). On immaculate paper and in a strong colour, this very fine stamp reached $27,000 from an estimate of $25,000–$35,000.
Mowbray Collectables: A public coin and stamp auction was held by Mowbray Collectables on 23 and 24 September in Wellington, New Zealand. Highlights from the auction included a rare GB cover bearing an 1840 1d. greyish-black (ED) from plate 11 (lot 642). Used on a lettersheet and tied by a black Maltese Cross cancel, the cover, sent from Liverpool to Feckenham in Worcestershire on 12 March 1841, sold for NZ$10,000 against an estimate of NZ$12,000.
Postiljonen: From 29 September until 1 October, Postiljonen held their International Autumn Auction. This three-day sale included the Kaypmy Collection of Afghanistan, comprising 1000 exhibition pages. The lots of the Sweden Lion type, dating from 1862, included a rare proof of the 17ore stamp in black (lot 1179). Believed to be unique outside of the Swedish Postal Museum, it made €13,000.
Spink: A Stamps and Covers of Britain sale was held by Spink on 13 September. A Great Britain used abroad from the Spanish West Indies Mailboat was the only recorded example of ‘D26’ (Spanish Mail Packet) on a cover cancelling GB stamps (lot 573). This 8 November 1868 entire posted from Santo Domingo to the USA, which bore a Great Britain 4d. red tied by ‘D26’ and a ‘N.Y. STEAMSHIP/10’ c.d.s. of 10 December, sold for £14,000.
Tony Lester: A GB, Commonwealth and foreign auction was held by Tony Lester on 19–20 September. From the reign of Queen Victoria, a good used example of the 1867–83 £1 brown-lilac, with Large Anchor watermark, sold for £1400 (lot 498).
All prices shown exclude buyers’ premium.