Wednesday 1st November Philatelic Auction Report
6th November 2023
Remember, remember the 1st of November, India, Hong Kong and more! Unlike Guy Fawkes’ dastardly plot our November philatelic auction went very much to plan, seeing explosive bidding and sky-high prices throughout.
To start, our fabulous selection of India sold exceedingly well. Highlights included lot 182 a study of the 1854 ½ annas compromising 34 used and unused examples selling for £3,500 – nearly 10x the original estimate! Similarly, lot 184 a selection of 7 used 1854 4 annas issues sold very well with a winning bid of £2100, compared to the original estimate of £500. However, the pièce de résistance, the most successful lot of the sale was lot 183, a range of 48 used 1854 2 annas values, many of which showing traces of the scarcer watermark. Originally estimated at only £300, our many interested bidders fought valiantly, with over 70 bids being placed, resulting in a spectacular final hammer price £16,500, far surpassing all expectations!
Our selection of Hong Kong was another triumph for Warwick and Warwick this month, with lots 169 and 170, comprehensive QV-QEII mint and used collections respectively, selling for more than their original estimates. The surprise standout of the Hong Kong range though was lot 171, a collection of covers including FDCs, postcards, Prisoner of War mail and more. Estimated at a healthy £1,050, the bids soon came flooding in, culminating in a exceptional final hammer price of £8,750!
Although it is fair to say that India and Hong Kong stole the show somewhat last week, the remainder of the sale showed no slacking including our collections of Great Britain which have been going from strength to strength. Lot 236 being a stellar example of this. A mainly mint and fairly comprehensive QV-QEII collection in a boxed Lindner album with many better sets and issues throughout, it sold for more than £1,000 over its original estimate with a final hammer price of £4,700.
It was another varied and successful sale for our vendors, bidders and us here at Warwick and Warwick and we hope you have been successful in your bids and wish you luck for future sales.
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