Grosvenor Auction of British Empire Stamps and Postal History, Sale 67

Grosvenor Auction of British Empire and Foreign Countries Postage Stamps and Postal History, Sale 67 was held on September 28, 2011. The Sale comprised 1791 lots, including 1161 British Commonwealth lots. Total estimate of the sale was £723 480 - £873 910. Total estimate of all British Commonwealth was £366 090 - £439 670.

From total 1791 lots 86% were sold (1552 lots). From total 1791 British Commonwealth lots 87% were sold (1012 lots).

Total realization (exluding buyer's premium) was £1 194 603 with total average estimate £798 695 (49% above total average estimate). Total realization for British Commonwealth lots (exluding buyer's premium) was £550 513 with total average estimate £402 880 (36% above total average estimate).

Chart 1. Total Lots in British Commonwealth and other contries

Chart 2. Total Realization for British Commonwealth and other contries

The most represented countries from British Commonwealth were Kuwait (182 lots, total realization £129 480, average lot realization £711), Ceylon (129 lots, total realization £40 085, average lot realization £310), New Zealand (114 lots, total realization £37 745, average lot realization £331), South Africa (138 lots, total realization £28 520, average lot realization £206), India (6 lots, total realization £21 910, average lot realization £3 651), Hong Kong (56 lots, total realization £18 700, average lot realization £333).

Chart 3. Total Realization for different British Commonwealth countries

Chart 4. Average Lot Realization for different British Commonwealth countries

Chart 5. Realization/Average Estimate Ratio (%) for different British Commonwealth countries

The most underestimate lots were Lot 577 (estimate £50 000-£60 000, sold for £78 000), Lot 946 (estimate £3 500-£4 000, sold for £24 000), Lot 826 (estimate £400-£600, sold for £17 500), Lot 996 (estimate £1 200-£1 500, sold for £15 500), Lot 997 (estimate £1 800-£2 000, sold for £16 000).

Below are presented the most valuable and outstanding lots.

Ascension: Great Britain used in Ascension: 1902-11 K.E.VII 5s. carmine, fine used with “ASCENSION/B/11 AU/13”, scarce. Ex Straus. S.G. Z34, cat. £1,600.. Sold for £1 200 plus buyer's premium. Lot 225

Australia: A collection from 1913 to 1936 on leaves, mainly mint incl. 1913-14 to 1s. (less 6d.) incl. 4d. orange-yellow, 1913-14 6d. Kookaburra, 1915 2d. to 1s., 1915-28 2d. to 5s., also £1 used (faded), 1918-23 to 1s.4d. (2), 1926-30 perf. 14 and perf. 131/2 x 121/2 sets to 1s.4d., 1928 Exhibition 3d. pane of four, 1929-30 1s. to 5s., 1931-36 1/2d. to 1s.4d. and 6d. to 10s., also 5s. to £2 used, 1932 Bridge set mint (5s. thinned), also 5s. c.t.o., later 1930’s commemorative sets, a few postage dues, “O S” overprinted officials complete (1931 2d. and 3d. c.t.o.), also a range of States incl. Tasmania 1892-99 10s. mint, 1899-1900 to 6d. mint, Western Australia, etc., varied condition, mainly fine. (approx. 260).. Sold for £1 950 plus buyer's premium. Lot 263

Australia: 1915-28 £2 black and rose, mint with some hinge remainders, otherwise fine. S.G. 45, cat. £3,750.. Sold for £1 800 plus buyer's premium. Lot 253

Bahrain: 1955-60 10r. on De La Rue 10s., overprint type II, complete sheet of forty, left pane, previously folded, mainly fine unmounted mint. S.G. 96ab, cat. £5,600+.. Sold for £1 400 plus buyer's premium. Lot 322

Bahrain: 1955-60 10r. on De La Rue 10s., overprint type II, complete sheet of forty, left pane, previously folded, mainly fine unmounted mint. S.G. 96ab, cat. £5,600+.. Sold for £1 350 plus buyer's premium. Lot 318

Bahrain: 1955-60 10r. on De La Rue 10s., overprint type II, complete sheet of forty, left pane, previously folded, mainly fine unmounted mint. S.G. 96ab, cat. £5,600+.. Sold for £1 350 plus buyer's premium. Lot 319

British Honduras: 1894 “Caye Service” 3c. violet local label used on piece, tied by straight line “CUTHBERT BROS.” handstamp, in combination with 1891-1901 5c. ultramarine tied by “K 65” barred oval, extremely rare. Ex Straus. R.P.S. certificate (1988).. Sold for £1 200 plus buyer's premium. Lot 370

Canada: 1897 Jubilee 1/2c. to $5 set mint, occasional gum wrinkle and some blunted perfs. otherwise mainly fine and fresh. S.G. 121-140, cat. £4,500.. Sold for £1 400 plus buyer's premium. Lot 404

Cayman Islands: Jamaica used in the Cayman Islands: 1893 (Apr.) cover to Jamaica, bearing 1889-94 1/2d. yellow-green cancelled by fair Type Z1 Grand Cayman cancellation, with Lucea and Kingston c.d.s.’s on reverse, some slight staining. Ex Straus. S.G. Z1.. Sold for £6 000 plus buyer's premium. Lot 421

Cayman Islands: Stamps of Jamaica cancelled with Type Z1 in purple on 1890-94 Official 1d. and 2d., tied by a complete strike on piece, rare. Ex Straus. R.P.S. certificate (1988). S.G. Z16, 17, cat. £5,550.. Sold for £4 500 plus buyer's premium. Lot 424

Cayman Islands: Stamps of Jamaica cancelled with Type Z 2 in black on 1d. purple and mauve pair and single on small piece, exceptionally clear strike. Ex Straus. R.P.S. certificate (1992). S.G. Z7, cat. £1,500+. . Sold for £1 200 plus buyer's premium. Lot 423

Ceylon: King George V Key Plate Issues, Proofs: Duty Plate country name and value stamp-sized 2c. to 20r. die proofs (13) in black on glazed card affixed to piece ex De La Rue archives, annotated “12 leads from each” and dated between “Feb 15” and “June 26”, the proofs dated in red. (see “King George V Key Plates of the Imperium Postage & Revenue Design” by Peter Fernbank, p. 134). Ex D.J. Norris.. Sold for £3 800 plus buyer's premium. Lot 445

Ceylon: King George V Key Plate Issues, Proofs: Key Plate Die I master die proof with blank country name and value tablet, in black on glazed card (92 x 60mm.), endorsed “AFTER/STRIKING”, dated and initialled in ms. “12/10/18/MB”.. Sold for £1 950 plus buyer's premium. Lot 442

Ceylon: King George V Key Plate Issues, Proofs: Key Plate Die I stamp-sized master die proof with blank country name and value tablet, in black on glazed card affixed to piece (43 x 63mm.) ex De La Rue archives, dated and annotated “Oct 14/120 Leads/Ceylon/No 8”.. Sold for £1 450 plus buyer's premium. Lot 443

Cyprus: 1880 1d. red, Plate 215, a complete mint sheet of 240 with margins, expected perf. separations and reinforcement, other minor imperfections, nevertheless fresh and scarce. Ex Joyce. S.G. 2, cat. £3,840+.. Sold for £2 100 plus buyer's premium. Lot 601

Cyprus: 1924-28 £5 black on yellow, fine and fresh mint. S.G. 117a. cat £3,000. . Sold for £1 700 plus buyer's premium. Lot 605

Falkland Islands: 1933 Centenary 1/2d. to £1 set, mainly fine mint. (12). S.G. 127-138, cat £3,500.. Sold for £1 550 plus buyer's premium. Lot 644

Falkland Islands: 1933 Centenary 1/2d. to £1 set mint, 4d. and 1s. with a few toned perfs. and 5s. with light overall gum toning, £1 with slightly disturbed gum otherwise fine. S.G. 127-138, cat. £3,500.. Sold for £1 450 plus buyer's premium. Lot 646

Falkland Islands: 1933 Centenary 1/2d. to £1 set mint, £1 with part lightly toned gum otherwise fine and fresh. S.G 127-38, cat. £3,500.. Sold for £1 350 plus buyer's premium. Lot 645

Gold Coast: Cancellations: Winnebah: 1876-84 Watermark Crown CC 2d. green bisected diagonally and used on 1884 (June 12) envelope from Winnebah to Accra, neatly tied by “WINNEBAH” code A c.d.s. (type 2) with another strike below, manuscript “1” in red crayon and Accra receiving mark, the envelope with central vertical crease, some faults on reverse, otherwise of fine appearance and rare. Ex Sacher. S.G. 6a.. Sold for £3 300 plus buyer's premium. Lot 746

India: 1854-55 4a. indigo and deep red, Head Die II, Frame Die I, used example cut to shape, showing variety frame double, very rare with only a very few examples having been recorded. Ex Straus. R.P.S. certificate (1981). S.G. 20 var. . Sold for £17 500 plus buyer's premium. Lot 826

India: 1866 Fiscal stamp 6a. purple with small overprint, fine unused. S.G. 68, cat. £1,900.. Sold for £1 650 plus buyer's premium. Lot 827

India: 1911 (Feb. 18)1911 (Feb. 18) Allahabad First Aerial Post, two registered envelopes, one with 2a., the other 8a., tied by magenta cachet, both with registration handstamp, backstamped Allahabad and Delhi.. Sold for £1 550 plus buyer's premium. Lot 829

Indian Feudatory States: Duttia: 1896 1a. red with control handstamp in blue, unused, hinge thinning, vertical crease, nevertheless a fine example of this rarity. S.G. 3, cat. £3,750.. Sold for £1 800 plus buyer's premium. Lot 839

Indian Feudatory States: Duttia: 1896 2a. black on yellow with control handstamp in blue, unused, vertical crease, otherwise fine and extremely rare. S.G. 6, cat. £2,750.. Sold for £1 600 plus buyer's premium. Lot 840

Ireland: 1922-23 Thom “Saorstát” overprint 10s. dull grey-blue, broken “S”plate, complete mint sheet of forty, odd trivial bend, otherwise mainly fine, fresh and very scarce, hinged in margins only. Ex Joyce. S.G. 66, cat. £7,200+.. Sold for £2 600 plus buyer's premium. Lot 854

Ireland: 1927 Composite Setting 2s.6d. chocolate-brown, complete mint sheet of forty incl. ten horizontal and two vertical wide and narrow date pairs, paper hinges and two subsequent removal thins in margins, two stamps with small tone spots, otherwise mainly fine. Ex Joyce. S.G. 83, a, cat. £4,380+.. Sold for £1 650 plus buyer's premium. Lot 855

Kuwait: The Francis Kiddle collection: Kuwait: India used in Kuwait: 1916 (Nov. 29) envelope registered to India, franked India 2a. 6p., tied by “KOWEIT” type I c.d.s., violet circular “PASSED CENSOR/2/KARACHI”, with arrival datestamp on reverse, extremely rare. Addressed in the handwriting of the then Political Agent, Lieut. Col. R.E.A. Hamilton (later Lord Belhaven & Stanton). Ex Donaldson. B.P.A. certificate (1984).. Sold for £16 000 plus buyer's premium. Lot 997

Kuwait: The Francis Kiddle collection: Kuwait: India used in Kuwait: 1916 (Mar. 3) green On Active Service ‘Honour’ envelope registered to England, franked Indian 4a., tied by “KOWEIT” type I c.d.s. with arrival datestamp on reverse, extremely rare. Ex Donaldson. B.P.A. certificate (1988).. Sold for £15 500 plus buyer's premium. Lot 996

Kuwait: The Francis Kiddle collection: Censored Mail: 1941 (June 6) airmail envelope on reverse 1939 1/2a. and 2a., cancelled by two strikes of the scarce “SUPDT. OF POST OFFICES/PERSIAN GULF” in blue, this mark was only in use for three weeks, with Bombay censor label and cachet, portion of envelope missing and a few tears, otherwise fine. Extremely rare, only three covers recorded.. Sold for £6 200 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1129

Leeward Islands: 1938-51 10s. pale green and dull red on green, ordinary paper, showing broken lower right scroll [R. 5/12], fine mint, rare. S.G. 113ae.. Sold for £3 000 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1184

Malayan States: A mint collection to 1936 on leaves incl. Johore 1891-94 to $1, 1896-99 to $4 (less $2), 1903 and 1904 surcharges, 1910-19 to $1, 1918-20 to $4 (less $3), 1922-41 values to $5, Kedah 1912 to $5, 1919 surcharges, 1921-32 to $5, 1922 Exhibition set (21c. and 50c. have 15-151/2mm “BORNEO”), Kelantan 1911-15 to $25, 1922 Exhibition to $2, 1928-35 perf. 14 $1, Negri Sembilan 1895-99 to 50c., 1935-41 values to $5, Pahang, Perak overprints and surcharges, 1935-37 to $5 (less 6c.), Selangor, Trengganu 1910-19 to $3 (less 25c.), 1921-41 wmk. MCA $1 to $5, Script values to $3, etc., varied condition, mainly fine. (approx. 350). Sold for £1 400 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1189

Malaysia: Straits Settlements: A collection from 1867 to 1937 on leaves incl. 1867 surcharged on India set (less 4c. on 1a.) unused or mint, 1879 5c. on 8c. and 7c. on 32c. mint, range of later surcharges mint and used, 1883-91 to 96c. mint, 1892-99 to $5 mint, 1c. has repaired “S” variety, later mint incl. 1904-10 to $5, 1906-07 to $1 (a few unused), 1906-12 to $2, 1921-33 to $5 (less one 6c., 3c. green used), 1936-37 to $5, various high values fiscally used incl. 1912-23 $100, etc., varied condition, many fine. (approx. 228). Sold for £1 950 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1202

Malaysia: Straits Settlements: 1912-23 Watermark Mult. Crown CA 10c. purple on yellow, variety watermark sideways, a fine used example of this rare stamp. Ex Straus. B.P.A. certificate (2000). S.G. 202d, cat £4,250.. Sold for £1 900 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1199

Malaysia: Straits Settlements: 1869 manuscript “2” on 11/2c. on 1/2a. blue, used, minute marginal tear, otherwise fine and very rare. Ex Straus. R.P.S. certificate (1995). S.G. 10, cat. £5,000.. Sold for £1 450 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1197

Malta: A mint collection to 1935 on leaves incl. 1860-63 white paper 1/2d. buff (unused), 1863-81 perf. 14 1/2d. shades (3, unused), perf. 121/2 1/2d. buff-brown, perf. 14 x 121/2 1/2d. yellow-buff, 1885-90 to 1s. (2), 1886 5s., 1899-1901 to 10s., 1903-04 to 1s., 1904-14 to 5s., 1914-21 to 2s. (2), 2s.6d., 5s., 1919 10s. (regummed, possibly cleaned), 1921-22 to 10s., 1922 Self Government issues complete, 1922-26 to both £1, 1926, 1926-27, 1928 and 1930 sets to 10s. complete, postage due sets, etc., varied condition, mainly fine. (approx. 208).. Sold for £1 150 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1226

Morocco Agencies: Spanish Currency: 1914-26 12p. on De La Rue 10s. blue, a complete mint sheet of forty, hinged in margins only, some minor tone spotting affecting five, otherwise mainly fine and very scarce. Ex Joyce. S.G. 141, cat. £3,600+.. Sold for £3 200 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1258

New Zealand: 1855 London Printing 1d. dull carmine on white paper, lightly cancelled, just touched at left otherwise fine and rare. B.P.A. certificate (1970). S.G. 1, cat. £15,000.. Sold for £4 000 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1285

New Zealand: 1855-57 Richardson Printing, Blued Paper 1s. green, with small to very large margins, showing portions of three adjoining stamps, lightly cancelled “10” of Wellington, scarce. S.G. 6, cat. £3,750.. Sold for £1 250 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1291

Rhodesia: 1966 (Feb.) 3d. vertical strip of six showing the major variety pale blue omitted on the upper stamp, unmounted mint, fine. S.G. 376b, cat. £3,500.. Sold for £2 500 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1449

Rhodesia: A collection from 1892 to 1924 on leaves incl. 1892-93 2s., 2s.6d. mint, 5s., 10s. used, high values with revenue cancellations (£5 cleaned), 1892 1/2d. on 6d., 4d. on 6d. and 8d. on 1s. mint, 1892-94 to 4s. mint or used, 1896-97 mainly used to 10s. (one of each value), 1896 overprints on Cape issues to 1s. mint or used, 1897 £1 used, 1898-1908 values to £2 mint, 1909-12 to £1 mint, 1910-13 Double Head values to 1s. mint and 3s. used, Admirals mostly mint incl. die III 7s.6d., die II perf. 14 £1, die III perf. 14 £1, etc., mixed condition. (138).. Sold for £1 350 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1452

Sarawak: 1869 3c. brown on yellow used on piece cancelled by Singapore c.d.s., in combination with Straits Settlements 1867-72 24c. blue-green wing margined, tied by “D 14 duplex, scarce. Ex Straus. R.P.S. certificate (1986).. Sold for £1 750 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1490

Sierra Leone: Cancellations: Sulima: 1895 (July 7) envelope, registed to England, bearing 1884-91 2d. and 21/d. tied by type K1 “POST OFFICE/SULYMAH/SIERRA LEONE” , “SULYMAH” type D1 c.d.s. and unframed “R” all in red, with Freetown and Liverpool transit marks, rare. Ex Straus.. Sold for £1 850 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1527

Sierra Leone: A collection from 1859 to 1935 on leaves with a few Q.V. used, remainder mint incl. 1884-91 to 1s., 1896-97 to £1 (some low values unused), 1897 21/2d. type 8 on 1s., 1903 to £1, 1904-05 to £1, 1907-12 to £1, 1912-21 to £2 (less 5d., 6d.), £5 unused (stained), 1921-27 to 10s., 1932 to £1, 1933 Wilberforce to 10s., etc., varied condition, many fine. (148). Sold for £1 700 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1519

Sierra Leone: 1912-21 Watermark Mult. Crown CA £5 orange and green, mint, slightly toned gum, otherwise fine. S.G. 130, cat £2,250.. Sold for £1 200 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1516

South Africa: Cape of Good Hope: 1861 “Woodblock” 4d. vermilion error of colour used, R.P.S. certificate (1963) states “used is genuine, but torn, creased, repaired and painted”. Ex Straus. S.G. 14e, cat. £40,000.. Sold for £1 700 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1529

Trucial States: 1961 (c.) essay for the Dhow high values by Michael Farrar-Bell, handpainted in blue, red, brown and flesh on white wove paper (125 x 99mm), denominated “5Rs” and close to issued design but with country name in English at top and Arabic inscription at foot. Most attractive and believed unique.. Sold for £1 250 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1735

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