Warwick & Warwick stamp auction report 4th February 2015
5th February 2015

4th February Stamp Auction Report

Maybe it was the freezing winds reminiscent of the Russian Steppes that resulted in bidders making some spectacular bids for Russian collections in today’s stamp auction.

There was much interest prior to the auction but the prices realised were well beyond expectations. A collection of Zemstvo Local stamps sold for £17,700 including premium of 18%, against an estimate of £3,000, a similar collection of issues on covers sold for £9,735 (est £2,500) and a collection of covers mostly to & from Ukraine sold for £2,714 (est £300), this lot included a magnificent 1905 Russo-Japanese war illustrated cover.

 

Also in the foreign section, a rarely seen, extensive and early to modern Ethiopia collection in over 20 volumes, estimated at £800 sold for £2,240.

 

Choice items from the British Commonwealth lots were popular with a superb Jamaica KGVI 5/- line perf 14 M selling for £2,600.

 

In the GB section an 1884 5d hand painted essay sold for £1,950 (est £700), and recent strength in QE pre dec was again illustrated with a collection of 1960’s phosphor multiples selling for £3,300 (est £2,200)

 

A late surprise was a collection of approximately 900 Benham silks covers which was estimated at £1,500 eventually selling for £6,785.


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