Wednesday 2nd February Philatelic Auction

3rd February 2023

Wednesday 2nd February - Philatelic Auction

Warwick and Warwick’s second philatelic auction of 2023 took place on February 1st live on, commencing at 10am sharp. With internet bidders aplenty, both bidding live and placing auto bids, coupled with our telephone and commission bidding services, it was a very fine sale with a healthy amount of competitive bidding.

Lot 67 demonstrated one of these bidding wars, a lovely collection of British Commonwealth covers ranging from Queen Victoria to the late Queen Elizabeth II with examples from Aden, Burma, India and some early Malaya States. The battle of the bidders commenced, and bids were climbing rapidly, which eventually culminated with a hammer price of £1,300 – £1,000 over the original estimate!


The British Commonwealth continued to shine, more specifically though with our section of Indian lots, attracting bidders from across the globe from Germany to the USA! All lots here sold well with most selling for well over there original estimates but it was lots 209 and 213 that stole the show.


Lot 209, an 1854 4 annas, third printing, head IIIA, frame I, deep blue and red with good margins on two sides, cancelled by superb “C/111” of Pondicherry, a very scarce stamp that was used in French India. Catalogued by Stanley Gibbons at £3,500, it was offered for sale at an estimate of £800 and after a flurry of bids from our friends across the pond eventually sold for a whopping £2,500!

It was a similar story with lot 213, an 1856-64 2 annas, dull pink in a vertical imperforated pair, a fine and rare example of this issue with its original gum and Holcombe certificate. Again, after a furtive battle between our two American bidders, this item sold for a grand total of £3,100, £2,100 over its original estimate and only £650 shy of its Gibbons catalogue value!

The Great Britain section of the sale also had its share of successes with a fantastic and substantial range of postal history selling exceedingly well. Found in lot 368, a well written up collection in 10 cover albums covering 1671-1839 with ranges of Bishop marks and Dockwras throughout plus a collection of Queen Victoria covers including range of 1840 Mulready letter sheets with one 1d unused, two fine used, one redirected bearing an 1841 1d red and an unused 2d example, plus three 1d black covers and further range of surface printed issues on cover. Originally estimated at £1,500, this lot quickly flew past that landing on a final hammer price of £5,000!

A successful and exciting sale for us here at Warwick and Warwick and we wish you all the best in our next sale at 10am on 1st March live on For sale updates and sneak previews, please follow our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 

If you have inherited a stamp collection, or perhaps you’ve been wondering ‘How much are my stamps worth?’ Then why not contact one of our friendly stamp and postal history experts for help with a free no obligation valuation today!

Dulcie Marlow


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