We hold public stamp auctions, monthly. Each auction contains between
£200,000 and £300,000 of world stamps and covers, single
country ranges, specialised items, including proofs, topical ranges,
accumulations and collections offered intact, in fact something
for every collector and dealer. Additionally, specialised auctions
of named collections are held periodically.
The dates of our upcoming sales are as follows:
- December 4th 2013
- January 8th 2014
- February 5th 2014
- March 5th 2014
- April 9th 2014
- May 7th 2014
- June 4th 2014
- July 2nd 2014
- August 6th 2014
- September 3rd 2014
- October 1st 2014
- November 5th 2014
- December 3rd 2014
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Sale Strong in Great Britain
The Warwick and Warwick November 6 2013 auction contained a strong
G.B. section, with many items offered as single lots. The market
for quality G.B. is still very strong.
- Lot 677 1840 1d black plate 1a RF, FU, centrally struck black
MC, 4 good margins. Realisation £161.
- Lot 678 1840 1d black plate 1b AK, FU with red MC, clear to
very large margins, marginal showing partial inscription. Realisation
- Lot 682 1840 1d black plate 4 AH, FU with neat red-orange MC,
4 good to very large margins. Realisation £184.
- Lot 686 1840 1d black plate 6 EI, FU, attractive bright red
MC, clear to good margins. Realisation £115.
- Lot 695 1840 1d black plate 10 IA, lovely FU example with good
to very large margins. Realisation £414.
- Lot 705 1841 1d red-brown, FU blue MC, good to very large margins.
(SG 8L) Cat £650. Realisation £126.
- Lot 708 1858-79 1d rose-red plate 225, FU with clear plate
number. (SG 43) Cat £800. Realisation £218.
- Lot 709 1870 ½d plate 9, FU with neat light cancel,
well clear of plate number. (SG 48) Cat £850. Realisation
- Lot 729 1873-80 wmk spray 6d grey, plate 14, fresh M. (SG 147)
Cat £500. Realisation £161.
- Lot 744 1891 £1 green, FU with attractive Glasgow cds,
fine colour. (SG 212) Cat £800. Realisation £230.
- Lot 765 1913 £1 green, M, tiny imperfections, good deep
colour and quite well centred. (SG 403) Cat £3000. Realisation
- Lot 767 1913 £1 green, FU with attractive cancel, though
small blemish at top a well centred example with good colour.
(SG 403). Realisation £494.
- Lot 770 1915 2/6d pale yellow-brown, UM, NE corner marginal
(mounted on margin only), well centred. (SG spec N64 (7) Cat £600.
- Lot 775 1929 PUC £1, left marginal M. (SG 438) Cat £750.
- Lot 784 1939-48 2/6d yellow-green, 5/-, 10/- ultramarine and
£1 all handstruck "SPECIMEN" stuck down on piece,
the £1 uncatalogued by SG. Realisation £230.
- Lot 792 1958 1st DLR set, UM. (SG 536-9a) Cat £600. Realisation
- Lot 802 1966 Birds 4d (O), with bright blue on Gull and Blue
Tit omitted, UM, with normal for comparison. (SG 696-7g). Cat
£1400. Realisation £437.
- Lot 873 1973 Explorers 9p with brown-red (rivers) omitted,
UM marginal. (SG 927d) Cat £1600. Realisation £604.
- Lot 876 1979 R. Hill M/S with gold (Queen's head) omitted,
UM. (SG MS1099c) Cat £950. Realisation £333.
RAF Covers take off in Warwick auction.
The October 2 Warwick and Warwick auction contained an impressive
collection of 1970s RAF covers which was offered as 5 lots with
estimates totalling £2250. The total realisation was an impressive
£4160. A collection of 1970s-1980s Concorde covers was also
popular. Estimated at £600, it realised £1495.
A section of philatelic literature was on offer: Wright & Creeke's
1899 work "A History of the Adhesive Stamps of the British
Isles" made £57; "The Line Engraved Postage Stamps
of Great Britain printed by Perkins Bacon & Co" by Edward
Bacon in 2 volumes (1920) made £86; Dendy Marshall's "The
British Post Office from its Beginning to the end of 1925"
(1926) made £44; Brown & Fisher's 5 volume work "The
Plating of the Penny 1840 - 1864" made £138.
The following results were recorded for individual stamps or sets:
- Lot 181 Aden 1937 Dhow set M. (SG 1-12) £368.
- Lot 185 Ascension 1935 Silver Jubilee set perfin SPECIMEN £172.
- Lot 186 Ascension 1938-53 set to 10/- perfin SPECIMEN £287.
- Lot 197 Australia 1918-23 2d brown-orange, wmk. inv. F.U., tiny
imperfections, BPA cert (2013) (SG 62w) £1437.
- Lot 201 British Guiana 1891 (28 Dec) 2 on 12c official in a
vert. pair, showing both types of "2" o.g. (SG 155a)
- Lot 233 K.U.T. 1935 Silver Jubilee 65c with variety "dot
to left of chapel" M. (SG 126g) £161.
- Lot 236 Madagascar 1895 1/- slate blue imperf between horiz.
pair M. (SG 60a) £218.
- Lot 254 St. Vincent 1881 4d on 1/- bright vermilion o.g. (SG
- Lot 287 China 1980 Monkey 8f on illustrated, unaddressed FDC
(SG 2968) £414.
- Lot 307 France 1930 air 1f50 lake bottom marginal and 1f50 blue
left marginal, both perfin "EIPA 30" and also with margin
with similar perfin in reverse (inverted on 1f50 lake), both U.M.,
with SBPV cert. (Yvert 6c/d) £1437.
- Lot 308 France 1940-1 Peace 50c on 55c right marginal horiz.
pair, marginal stamp with surcharge omitted U.M., with SBPV cert.(2000)
(Ceres 478k) £253.
- Lot 309 France 1940-1 Peace 1f on 1f50 horiz. pair, one with
surcharge omitted U.M., with SBPV cert. (2000) (Ceres 485k) £299.
- Lot 341 German Post Offices in China 1900 (circa) cover bearing
Germany 1889-1900 10pf and 1899-1900 Reichpost 10pf, tied by very
fine upright strikes of oval double ringed "PAOTINGFU/DEUTSCHE
POST" and circular "K.D. FELD-POSTSTATION/9/16/No. 7".
Boxer Rebellion period cover. £425.
- Lot 421 Russia 1913 (circa) apparently complete booklet (buff
cover) containing 1913-14 Romanov Tercentenary issues in panes
of 6, comprising 1k x 3 panes, 3k and 7k, offered with a few other
items of minimal value, £805.
- Lot 522 GB 1880-3 6d on 6d marginal U.M. (SG 162) £253.
- Lot 524 GB 1881 1d lilac, 16 dots, printed on both sides, the
impression on reverse inverted, o.g. (SG 172e) £333.
- Lot 525 GB 1881 1d lilac, 16 dots, with "PEARS'/SOAP"
advert in blue on reverse, bottom marginal UM. (SG Spec K8L) £207.
- Lot 558 GB 1968 Christmas 4d, with gold omitted, tied to envelope
to Rugby, by Coventry slogan pmk. £776.
Cover Collections in Demand
The Warwick and Warwick sale, held on September 4 2013, was strong
in world cover collections and all of them on offer considerably
exceeded estimate. Lot 72 was a world collection of covers with
strength in G.B. Described as a "wonderful treasure trove to
sort through", it was estimated at £450. Bidding eventually
stopped and the hammer fell at £1,400, giving a realisation,
inclusive of the buyer's premium, of £1,610. Another world
collection, with a fairly modest description, was estimated at £300
and made £1,552. An accumulation of British Commonwealth and
foreign covers was offered as lot 94 and given an estimate of £300.
The realisation was £1,495. Collections of maritime mail were
estimated at £330 and £80 and realised £1,064
and £264 respectively. A military mail collection, estimated
at £700 and needing "further study" made £949,
and an interesting collection of railway covers, which included
9 commercial covers bearing railway company locals (lot 210), estimated
at £650, made £862. The following cover formed part
of lot 210.
Single stamps and sets realised the following amounts:
- Lot 295 Hong Kong 1891 Jubilee 2c with "tall narrow K
in KONG", F.U. (SG 51d), cat. £475. Realisation £207.
- Lot 308 Malaya, Negri Sembilan 1957-63 perf 13 x 12½
$5 brown and yellow olive U.M. (SG 79ab), cat. £350. Realisation
- Lot 325 North Borneo 1925-28 set to $10 M. (SG 277-94), cat.
£1,000. Realisation £460.
- Lot 330 Papua New Guinea 1960 Postage Due 6d on 7½d,
SG type D1, U.M. Realisation £437.
- Lot 334 Northern Rhodesia 1925-9 set to 20/- M. (SG 1-17),
cat. £550. Realisation £241.
- Lot 386 Austria 1933 WIPA M/S F.U. with exhibition cancel (SG
MS705), cat. £5,000. Realisation £1,121.
- Lot 415 China 1978 Galloping Horses M/S U.M. (SG MS2781), cat.
£700. Realisation £322.
- G.B. 1906 Birkenhead Xmas cross postmark on postcard to Eccles.
- G.B. 1918 1d deep orange vermilion M. (SG N16(16)), cat. £375.
British Pre-Decimal Varieties keenly contested.
The Warwick and Warwick auction, held on August 7 2013 contained
a section of Great Britain Q.E. pre-decimal commemoratives with
significant varieties, which attracted considerable interest. Many
of the estimates were exceeded by the realisations. Lot 566 was
an extensive collection of them, with a pre-sale estimate of £600.
After extensive viewing and competitive bidding the collection eventually
- Lot 569 1961 POSB 3d UM vertical strip of 3, with orange-brown
omitted on lower stamp and partially omitted on centre stamp (SG
624/A) Cat £600+. Realisation £299.
- Lot 570 1962 NPY 2½d imperf marginal vertical pair, on
wmked paper, without gum. A little surface rubbing, but an unusual
item, not listed by SG. (SG 631) Realisation £299.
- Lot 572 1964 Geographical 8d ordinary, wmk inv, UM. Rare. (SG
653Wi) Cat £1,950. Realisation £920.
- Lot 573 1966 Birds 4d ordinary right marg. block of 4, with
emerald-green omitted, UM. (SG 696-9f) Cat £600. Realisation
- Lot 574 1966 Birds 4d ordinary block of 4, with bistre omitted,
UM. Folded through vert perfs. (SG 696-9h) Cat £800. Realisation
- Lot 575 1966 Birds 4d ordinary right marg. block of 4, with
reddish brown omitted (legs on Robin and Blackbird), UM. (SG 696-9j)
Cat £250. Realisation £115.
- Lot 576 1967 EFTA 1/6d phosphor, with deep blue omitted, UM
right marg. Trivial gum skip. (SG 716/pb) Cat £550. Realisation
- Lot 578 1969 Ships 5d, with red omitted, left marg. Horiz. pair,
UM. (SG 778c) Cat £600. Realisation £310.
- Lot 579 1970 Anniversariess 1/- with green omitted, vert. pair,
UM. (SG 821/c) Cat £340. Realisation £98.
A large section of balloon post was included in the aviation section
of the sale. Two general collection s of world balloon covers and
cards, estimated at £400 and £350, achieved £747
and £529 respectively. Several French ballon monté
siege of Paris covers were on offer. An entire flown on the first
balloon to leave Paris during the siege, the Neptune, failed to
reach its reserve. Other results were as follows.
- Lot 143 Entire carried on the Armand Barbes £92.
- Lot 143 Postcard endorsed "par ballon non-monté"
- Lot 145 Wrapper conveyed by the Ville d'Orléans, which
landed in Norway, £195.
- Lot 146 Letter-journal carried by the General Renault £109.
- Lot 147 Entire per Davy, including message "We have food
for some time yet" £172.
- Lot 148 Lettre-formule per Duquesne, describing bombardment,
- Lot 149 Front from an intended inward flight from Lille to
Paris. The armistice made the flight unnecessary and it did not
take place. £103.
In the British Commonwealth section, Australian Kangaroos were
- Lot 192 1915 5s grey and yellow, watermark inverted, FU (SG
30) Cat £500. Realisation £253.
- Lot 193 1915-27 £1 chocolate and dull blue, well centred,
FU. (SG 44) Cat £1,500. Realisation £661.
- Lot 194 1915-27 £1 chestnut and bright blue fine og.
(SG 44a) Cat £2,750. Realisation £1,437.
- Lot 195 1915-27 £2 grey and crimson M, near perfectly
centred. (SG 45a) Cat £4,000. Realisation £2,070.
- Lot 196 1929-32 £2 black and rose FU (SG 114) Cat £700.
The G.B. postal history section included a fine used Ocean Penny
Post promotion envelope, published by Bradshaw and Blacklock. Estimated
at £200, it realised £483.
British Commonwealth Items Popular
Warwick and Warwick's July 3 2013 auction contained a good selection
of British Commonwealth sets and singles as well as the usual range
of collections. The following results were obtained:
- Lot 221 Aden 1937 Dhow set, lightly hinged M (high vals appear
UM), very fine. (SG 1-12) Cat £900 Realisation £414.
- Lot 231 Australia 1915-27 10/- grey and bright aniline pink,
fresh M. (SG 43a) Cat £450 realisation £276.
- Lot 232 Australia 1915-27 £1 chocolate and dull blue,
M, negligible gum bend, fine and fresh. (SG 44) Cat £2,500
- Loot 278 Cape of Good Hope 1863-4 1d brownish red, fine og block
of 7 with clear margins all round, minor creasing. (SG 18c) Cat
£3,850 Realisation £1,897.
- Lot 282 Cayman Is. 1908 2 ½ d on 4d, very lightly hinged,
scarce. RPS Cert (1967) (SG 35) Cat £1,800 Realisation £949.
- Lot 306 Falkland Is. 1904-12 ½d green with scarce "CW"
perfin, used by Charles Williams in Stanley, as listed in Heijtz,
FU with lightly struck cds. (SG 43) Realisation £149.
- Lot 311 Falkland Is. 1933 Centenary set, lightly hinged M. (SG
127-38) Cat £4,000 Realisation £2,127.
- Lot 323 Gibraltar 1904-8 £1, SE corner marginal with plate
number "1", very fine M. (SG 64) Cat £550 Realisation
- Lot 332 Gibraltar 1925-32 £5, lightly hinged M, very fine,
with Diena cert (1974) and with his light h/s on reverse. (SG
108) Cat £1,500. Realisation £661.
- Lot 415 North Borneo 1886 P.12 3c on 4c small "3"
surch variety, tied to small piece by neat Kudat cds, clipped
perfs at left. A great rarity. BPA cert (2013) (SG 16a) Cat £15,000
- Lot 429 St. Helena 1922-37 wmk script 15/-, M, negligible gum
imperfections. (SG 113) Cat £1,000 Realisation £425.
Lot 444 Sierra Leone 1933 Wilberforce set, UM. (SG 168-180) Cat
£950 Realisation £540.
- Lot 465 Sudan 1935 Gordon imperf colour trials on ungummed wmkd
paper, 5m x 4 in the issued colours of 5m to 15m, 5p x 3 in the
issued colours of the 2p to 10p, and 50p x 2 in the issued colours
of the 20p and 50p, all in marginal blocks of 4. Lovely scarce
set. Realisation £1,437.
- Lot 481 Sudan Army Service 1905 wmk quatrefoil 1m small ovpt
o.g., with expertising signatures on reverse and minor tone spotting,
rare. (SG A4b) Cat £3,250 Realisation £379.
- Lot 482 Sudan Army Service 1905 wmk quatrefoil 1m small ovpt,
FU, expertising h/s on reverse, small black marks (pmk?) at NW
corner, rare. (SG A4b) Cat £3,250 Realisation £719.
- As usual, Chinese issues of the 1960s proved a big attraction
in the foreign countries section of the auction.
- Lot 523 1897 Red Revenues large surchs $1 on 3c F.U., scarce.
BPA cert (2013) identifies it as position 20 of the setting. (SG
91) Cat £3,750 Realisation £1,437.
- Lot 524 1960 Chrysanthemums set UM. (SG 1947-64) Cat £525
- Lot 526 1964 Peonies M/S superb UM. Fine and rare. (SG MS2199a)
Cat £5,000 Realisation £1,495.
In the Great Britain section, single high values did well.
- Lot 746 1850 P16 1d red-brown plate 100 BB by Henry Archer,
unused with BPA cert (1952), scarce stamp. (SG 16b) Cat £3,500
- Lot 749 1867-83 5s rose FU with light oval cancel and almost
perfectly centred. (SG 134) Cat £4,200+ Realisation £1,380.
- Lot 751 1867-83 wmk anchor white paper £5 orange, FU with
Belfast cds. (SG 137) Cat £4,750 Realisation £1,955.
- Lot 777 1965 P.O. Tower 3d with olive-yellow (tower) omitted,
UM lower marginal with colour control, and slight crease at base
(SG 679a) Cat £6,000 Realisation £1,955.
Collections considerably exceed Estimates.
The general collections section was hotly contested in the Warwick
and Warwick auction which took place on June 12th 2013. The first
4 lots in the auction were British Commonwealth collections offered
intact with a total combined estimate of £20,100. After intense
bidding on every lot, the final total realisation, including the
15% buyers' premium, was £26,047.
Hong Kong was well represented in the individual Commonwealth countries.
Three pre Queen Elizabeth collections estimated £4,000, £1,500
and £1,800 realised £7,590, £3,795 and £3,910
respectively and a 9 volume Queen Elizabeth collection, estimated
£1,500, made £2,127. A very fine and well written-up
collection of Treaty Ports covers and postmarks, estimated conservatively
at £4,000 was viewed extensively and achieved the majestic
realisation of £16,387.
As usual, China also achieved high prices, the best of which was
the £8,050 paid for a collection of 1873-83 Large Dragons,
which was estimated at £4,000.
- Lot 393 was a miscellaneous range of material, which included
an attractive 1900 "red band" cover to England, franked
with 6 adhesives of the Chinese Imperial Post tied by Wei Hai
Wei cancels and a French Post Office in China adhesive to pre-pay
the passage abroad from Shanghai. The lot made £1,207.
The Great Britain miscellaneous collections section proved even
more popular than the Commonwealth section, the first 5 lots collectively
estimated at £21,550 realising £29,095.
Amongst the single items on offer, the following results were achieved.
- Lot 251 Bahamas 1942 4d light blue and red orange with COIMBUS
error M. (SG 168a) Cat £1100 Realisation £414.
- Lot 252 Bahamas 1942 6d olive-green and light blue with COIMBUS
error M. (SG 169a) Cat £1100 Realisation £414.
- Lot 258 Bermuda 1920-1 2d grey with wmk crown to right of CA
M. (SG 61w) Cat £550. Realisation £230.
- Lot 263 Br. East Africa 1890 4a on 5d dull purple and blue M.
RPS cert (1989) (SG 3) Cat £550 Realisation £207.
- Lot 282 Ceylon 1970 Wildlife 15c with variety magenta omitted
UM marg block of 4. (SG (562a) Cat £720 Realisation £241.
- Lot 299 Griqualand West 1882 envelope to Newcastle on Tyne,
bearing 1879 6d violet with ovpt type 17, tied by King Williams
Town cancel of Jan 8th, Cape Town transit cds on reverse. Trivial
aging and imperfections but very scarce on cover. (SG 27) Realisation
- Lot 339 New Zealand 1970 Christmas 3c with green omitted UM.
(SG 944a) Cat £275 Realisation £149.
- Lot 347 Sarawak 1935 real photographic postcard of Sir Charles
Vyner Brooke with his two younger daughters and a native soldier,
clearly signed in ink by Sir Charles and dated "8/5/35",
the reverse bearing 1934-41 1c pair tied by Kuching 7/5/35 c.d.s.
and local address. Realisation £207.
- Lot 358 Tasmania 1892-99 set to £1 M, odd imperfection
but an attractive set. (SG 216-25) Cat £700 Realisation
- Lot 497 Italy 1922 Trieste ovpt set, each on small piece with
special cancel (slight toning). (SG 122-5) Cat £1200. Realisation
- Lot 621 Great Britain 1840 1d black, plate 2, CH, clear neat
strikes of both black and red MCs, small to large margins, unobtrusive
thin at right. Most attractive example of this scarce pmk. combination.
Clear RPS Cert (1984) SG Spec cat £2,600. Realisation £471.
- Lot 624 Great Britain 1867-83 wmk anchor, white paper £5
orange with neat, central 1891 Belfast cds. and partly erased
orange crayon line at left; attractive clean example of deep colour.
(SG 137) Cat £4,750. Realisation £1,495.
Realisations from our May 1 2013 Auction.
The sale was well attended after a busy viewing session. Many collections
were on offer in this sale and most sold well, many at figures in
excess of estimate. The following items were offered as single items.
- Australia 1913-14 £2, FU. (SG 16) Cat £3250. Estimate
£1,200. Realisation £1,610.
- Falkland Is. South Georgia.1944-5 wmk sideways ½ d black
and green, UM (SG B1a) Cat £4250. Estimate £2,500.
- Gambia 1928 comb perf 3/- slate-purple, M, light gum wrinkling.
(SG 139) Cat £250. Estimate £100. Realisation £103.
- Gibraltar 1898 4d orange-brown and green, FU with part reg oval
cancel, clearly showing the scarce variety "FOUR PENCE trimmed
at top" (SG 43a) Cat £500 as mint. Estimate £250.
- Gibraltar 1921-7 8/- dull purple and green UM (SG 101) Cat £300.
Estimate £150. Realisation £161.
- Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika 1912-21 50r dull rose red and dull
greyish green, very fine M. (SG 61) Cat £750. Estimate £300.
- Kuwait 1950-4 5r on 5/- red with variety "extra bar at
top", M. (SG 91a) Cat £850. Estimate £200. Realisation
- Malta 1938-43 2/6d with variety "damaged value tablet"
UM. Estimate £150. Realisation £195.
- Mauritius 1891 2c on 17c rose with variety wmk inverted, FU.
[Note: SG 96 is listed with inverted watermark, but the surcharged
stamp with this variety has not previously been identified] (SG
119 var). Estimate £100. Realisation £115.
- Samoa 1879 3rd state P.12 6d bright violet, corner marginal,
imperf on two sides, having typical rough perfs, FU on small piece
with lightly struck Samoa cds. Rare stamp. (SG 17) Cat £450.
Estimate £120. Realisation £115.
- China 1962 Mei Lan-fang M/S, very fine cto with usual special
cancel. (SG MS2044a) Cat £12,000. Estimate £3,000.
- Mariana Is. 1901 Yacht set, each on small piece with neat cds.
(SG 13-25) Cat £1,000. Estimate £200. Realisation
Amongst the collections of offer the most impressive results were
again achieved in the China section where an early to middle period
collection, housed in 3 albums, estimated at £1,700, made
£5,750 and an early to middle period collection in a stockbook,
estimated at £1,200, made £4,140. Surprises did not
stop there, as there were good results recorded in the Peoples'
Republic section, with collections estimated £2,500 and £1,500
realising £6,037 and £2,990 respectively.
Rare G.B. Tyrian Plum sells for £48,300
In the Commander H.M. Simpson sale of Great Britain stamps, offered
by Warwick and Warwick, on October 3rd 2012, a 1910 2d Tyrian plum,
prepared for use, but not issued, realised a staggering £48,300,
including the 15% buyer’s premium. This stamp had been printed
by De La Rue and over 100,000 sheets delivered to the Inland Revenue.
Following the King's death on 6 May 1910, it was decided not to
proceed with the issue. Virtually the entire stock was destroyed,
leaving just a very few to find their way into private ownership.For
a full report of this remarkable stamp please click
Inverted Jenny takes off at Warwick!
The U.S.A. 1918 24c airmail with inverted centre, the iconic “inverted
Jenny”, certainly got airborne at Warwick, on March 4th 2009,
when Warwick and Warwick sold a mint copy, with a tiny paper thin,
for a hammer price of £160,000 plus the buyer’s premium
of £24,000, making a total realisation of £184,000.
It was the first time this famous stamp had been offered in this
country in over 50 years and the most expensive stamp ever auctioned
by Warwick and Warwick. Auctioneer Colin Such stated that it was
an honour and a privilege to offer such an iconic philatelic item
and he was pleased with the outcome. He was particularly surprised
by the fact that there were no less than six bidders contesting
to secure the stamp, three present in the room and three on telephones,
including two from the U.S.A. The successful bidder was a British
collector who was present in the room. For a full report of this
remarkable stamp please click