April Stamp Auction

23rd April 2020

The Warwick & Warwick April stamp auction went ahead, though with some significant changes to comply with government advice on social distancing & essential travel. Customers were not allowed to view lots prior to the auction and bids were accepted before the start of the auction by telephone, email or via the Warwick & Warwick website.

Despite these restrictions a considerable number of bids were received and much of the auction sold well, achieving a total realisation of around £280,000.

Great Britain

In the GB section classics were, as ever, in demand. Numerous 1840 Penny Blacks were on offer, including a plate 11 with own gum which sold for £1,110, an 1850 Prince Consort 1d reached £504, and an 1882 £5 orange on blued paper with ‘SPECIMEN’ overprint was bid up to £750.


There were some attractive Queen Victoria mint blocks, amongst which an 1887-92 Jubilee 1s in a corner marginal block of 10 sold for £1,380.


Later in the GB stamps, a 1936 KGVI 1½d Coronation Essay in striking blue made £372 and a 1959-68 Castle 5/- printed on the gummed side sold for £432.

British Commonwealth

An Australia 1913 Map & Kangaroo 5/- sold for £144 and a North Borneo 1894 $10 block of 4 sold for £600.

There were some particularly interest items that failed to find a home, an India 1890 reprint 4a in a sheet of 6 & a British Virgin Isles 1964 set of artist’s hand painted essays will both be offered in a future auction.


In the foreign countries an outstanding Egypt collection including a 1956 Scout Jamboree imperforate mini-sheet surpassed the estimate of £2,000 to reach £4,560.

A French Colonies Indo-Chinese Post Offices in China collection sold for £1,560.

Although unpopular in their own country when they were first issued, the Italian 1924-25 definitive stamps with advertising label below have become an interesting area of study for collectors. The UPU banned the use of advertising labels for overseas postage so they were only used within Italy and some of the stamps are very rare. A collection including almost all of the issues sold for £384.


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