Grosvenor Auction of British Empire Stamps and Postal History, Sale 70

Grosvenor Auction of British Empire and Foreign Countries Postage Stamps and Postal History, Sale 70 was held on March 07, 2012. The Sale comprised 1579 lots, including 1153 British Commonwealth lots. Total estimate of the sale was £610 750 - £730 870. Total estimate of all British Commonwealth was £364 770 - £438 220.

From total 1579 lots 81% were sold (1291 lots). From total 1579 British Commonwealth lots 82% were sold (946 lots).

Total realization (exluding buyer's premium) was £864 655 with total average estimate £670 810 (28% above total average estimate). Total realization for British Commonwealth lots (exluding buyer's premium) was £555 080 with total average estimate £401 495 (38% 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 Leeward Islands (155 lots, total realization £96 475, average lot realization £622), Canada (16 lots, total realization £70 470, average lot realization £4 404), South Africa (105 lots, total realization £63 975, average lot realization £609), India (32 lots, total realization £54 055, average lot realization £1 689), Malaysia (119 lots, total realization £52 970, average lot realization £445), British Levant (62 lots, total realization £34 120, average lot realization £550), Saint Helena (132 lots, total realization £29 535, average lot realization £223), Malayan States (60 lots, total realization £28 815, average lot realization £480), New Zealand (135 lots, total realization £24 425, average lot realization £180).

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 321 (estimate £10 000-£12 000, sold for £58 000), Lot 605 (estimate £150-£200, sold for £21 000), Lot 1526 (estimate £4 000-£5 000, sold for £14 500), Lot 623 (estimate £3 000-£4 000, sold for £11 000), Lot 601 (estimate £800-£1 000, sold for £8 200).

Below are presented the most valuable and outstanding lots.

British Levant: Turkish Currency: 1893 40pa. on 1/2d. vermilion handstamped Constantinople provisional in a fine unmounted mint horizontal strip of five, believed to be not only the largest extant mint multiple (one block of four being present in the Royal Collection) but also the only mint multiple in private hands. The British Postmaster in his haste to create a 40 paras substitute, neglected to send examples of the provisional overprint to the U.P.U. When the error was brought to his attention by the G.P.O. in London, a further printing of some 800 examples was made. These all show the late state of the handstamp with broken “S” in “PARAS”. Strips of five were then circulated to each U.P.U. member in December 1894. A much undercatalogued stamp in mint condition, this provisional having been in use for five days only at the Constantinople and Stamboul offices. S.G. 7. B.P.A. certificate (2005).. Sold for £9 000 plus buyer's premium. Lot 252

British Levant: British Currency: 1905 cut down die proof of the “LEVANT” overprint, affixed to piece from the Striking Book (41 x 53mm.) endorsed “10 Leads for repairs”, ex De La Rue archives, one of only three examples known.. Sold for £2 600 plus buyer's premium. Lot 286

British Levant: British Currency: 1905 cut down die proof of the “LEVANT” overprint, affixed to piece from the Striking Book (45 x 52mm.) endorsed “July 28 240 leads & 1 extra”, ex De La Rue archives, one of only three examples known.. Sold for £2 600 plus buyer's premium. Lot 285

Canada: Precancels: The comprehensive collection formed by the late Reverend David Izzett, housed in eleven albums, incl. type A on 1872 6c. yellow-brown, 1893 20c. and 50c., type B on 1869 1c. yellow (15, one on cover), 1872 6c. yellow-brown, 1882 1/2c. black (6), type E on 1888 8c. slate, type G on 1873 3c. dull red, type H on 1892 8c. slate, type J selection with 1869 1c. on covers (2), type R on 1868-80 15c., type T on 1868-80 15c. (4), 1893 20c. (2) and 50c., 1897 20c. (2). and $2, 1898-1902 to 20c., 1898 Map 2c. (8), type U on 1897 to 50c. (4, one double), $1, later bars, Town types arranged alphabetically with Amherst on K.G.V 1c., 2c., 4c., Brandon, Bridgeburg, Carburry on K.G.V 1c. (2), Galt, Halifax, Kitchener, Lindsay, Montreal, North Battleford, Portage la Prairie on K.G.V 1c. (4) and 2c. (3), St. Thomas, Toronto, Welland, perfins, double, inverted, multiples, covers, etc. (1000s). Sold for £58 000 plus buyer's premium. Lot 321

Cyprus: 1934 1pi. black and red-brown used strip of three variety imperforate at top, cancelled by part Limassol datestamps, ragged margin at top and some perf. separation between first and second stamps, otherwise fine and very rare, the largest possible strip as only one sheet was found, a further single is recorded with the same variety out of the six possible. S.G. 136 var.. Sold for £1 300 plus buyer's premium. Lot 411

Hong Kong: 1857 to 1874 four envelopes (three to the same addressee), comprising three stampless, and 1874 cover bearing 1863-71 30c. mauve tied by “Y 1” of Yokohama in blue, fair to fine.. Sold for £2 500 plus buyer's premium. Lot 560

India: Airmails: 1911 (Feb. 18) Allahabad first aerial post p.p.c. registered to Calcutta franked on front by 1/2a. and on reverse by 1a., both tied by the special cancellation, some faults.. Sold for £21 000 plus buyer's premium. Lot 605

India: Officials: 1948 Gandhi 11/2a. fine used on O.H.M.S. envelope, scarce. S.G. O150a.. Sold for £5 200 plus buyer's premium. Lot 600

India: 1852 “Scinde Dawk” 1/2a. blue, cut square, cancelled bars, with a few tears and split embossing, other faults but scarce. S.G. S2, cat. £7,000.. Sold for £2 400 plus buyer's premium. Lot 579

Leeward Islands: King George VI Issues, 1938-51 10s. pale green and dull red on light green, Second printing Mar. 1942, fine mint horizontal pair, the right-hand stamp showing rare HPF 60 Broken lower right scroll, the left-hand stamp with small grease mark at top, the variety fine. S.G. 113, ae, cat. £6,300+.. Sold for £6 500 plus buyer's premium. Lot 790

Leeward Islands: King George VI Issues, 1938-51 £1 violet and black on scarlet, Seventh printing Nov. 1951, Perf. 13, variety watermark sideways, fine mint. The unique plate number example from the only known sheet of this rare variety. S.G. 114ca, cat. £6,000+.. Sold for £4 800 plus buyer's premium. Lot 801

Leeward Islands: The 1897 Sexagenary Issue, 1d. dull mauve and rose, mint horizontal pair, marginal from the foot of the sheet with Plate no. “2”, the left-hand stamp showing the only known example of variety overprint triple, fine. S.G. 10b, cat. £3,250. R.P.S. certificate (1961). Sold for £4 500 plus buyer's premium. Lot 706

Malayan States: Perak: 1894 Stamp-size photographic composite essay, rejected design depicting a bullock’s head in sepia, denominated 2c. with “PERAK”, two corner ornaments and two figures “2”, all handpainted in orange-brown, affixed to card (90 x 115mm.) marked “D” and dated “May 16th 94”. Ex De La Rue archives, one of eleven essays produced for the 2c. stamp and lettered from “C” to “K”.. Sold for £2 200 plus buyer's premium. Lot 970

Malayan States: Perak: 1894 Stamp-size photographic composite essay, rejected design depicting water scene in sepia, denominated 2c. with “PERAK”, two corner ornaments and two figures “2”, all handpainted in orange-brown, affixed to card (90 x 115mm.) marked “F” and dated “May 16th 94”. Ex De La Rue archives, one of eleven essays produced for the 2c. stamp and lettered from “C” to “K”.. Sold for £2 200 plus buyer's premium. Lot 971

Malayan States: Perak: 1894 Stamp-size photographic composite essay, rejected design depicting Sultan’s head and bust in sepia, denominated 2c. with “PERAK”, two corner ornaments and two figures “2”, all handpainted in orange-brown, affixed to card (90 x 1109mm.) marked “H” and dated “May 16th 94”. Ex De La Rue archives, one of eleven essays produced for the 2c. stamp and lettered from “C” to “K”.. Sold for £2 200 plus buyer's premium. Lot 972

Malaysia: Straits Settlements: 1921-33 Watermark Mult. Script CA $500 purple and orange-brown overprinted “SPECIMEN” (Samuel type D16), extremely fine with gum. S.G. 240ds, cat. £3,000. The property of another vendor.. Sold for £2 800 plus buyer's premium. Lot 904

Malaysia: Straits Settlements: 1867-72 Proofs, imperforate plate proofs in issued colours on watermarked paper, 4c. without gum, slightly stained, 8c. and 12c. with gum, 30c. without gum. (4). Sold for £2 100 plus buyer's premium. Lot 828

Malaysia: Straits Settlements: 1867-72 Proofs, 6c. die proof in black on glazed card (92 x 60mm.), dated “July 3, 1867”, numbered “2”, endorsed “AFTER HARDENING”, and initialled at lower right.. Sold for £1 600 plus buyer's premium. Lot 827

New Zealand: The ‘Kiddle’Collection of Adsons: 1882-1900 Second Sideface issue, Perf. 10 with advert in red to red-brown, 2d. lilac in a mint block (6 x 9) being nine of the ten rows from the upper left pane, some minor creasing and other small imperfections, believed to be the largest mint block known. S.G. 219f, CP DA 3g(4).. Sold for £4 000 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1108

New Zealand: The ‘Kiddle’Collection of Adsons: 1882-1900 Second Sideface issue, Perf. 10 5d. olive-black, 3rd setting in mauve, mint block of nine, fine rare multiple. CP DA7d(1).. Sold for £1 400 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1135

North Borneo: A mainly mint collection in an album, incl. 1883 50c. and $1., 1886 set, 1886 (Sept.) 1/2c. magenta, 1886 perf. 14 3c. on 4c. pink, 1886-87 to $1., 1888-92 1/2c. to $2 set, 1889 $5 and $10., 1891-92 6c. on 10c. (both types), 1892 8c. on 25c. indigo, 1894 (Feb.) 25c. to $10., 1895 (June) set, 1897-1902 set, 1897 corrected inscription 18c. and 24c., 1899 set, 1901-05 1c. to $10 set, 1904-05 set, 1909-23 set, 1911 25c. to $10 set, 1916 Red Cross overprinted in vermilion and carmine sets, 1918 (Aug.) set, 1918 (Oct.) Red Cross set, 1925-28 1c. to $10 set, 1931 Anniversary set, 1939 1c. to $5 set, 1945 B.M.A. set, Postage Dues, etc., varied condition (100’s). Sold for £5 800 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1201

Saint Helena: 1816 entire to Scotland rated “3/2”, from the renowned ‘Dunlop’ correspondence, written by Lt. George Dunlop, surgeon with the 66th Regiment of Foot whilst en route to St Helena as part of the guard for the Emperor Napoleon. Headed “David Transport off Madeira/13 February 1816” and including information about how to send letters to St. Helena: “The proper way is direct them to St Helena and pay the English postage to London, where the mail will be made up. A Packet will run in two months, we do not expect to arrive for nearly four months”. The entire shows a superb strike of the rare “PORT/BRITISH” marking (this item was last sold at Cavendish Auctions on May 16 1990 for £850) and marked “3d.” in manuscript indicating that Portuguese transit charges were collected in Britain (see enclosed notes from “For the Port & Carriage of Letters” by David Robinson). Also showing straight line “MADEIRA”, circular “FOREIGN/AP/9/1816”, and “GLASGOW/12 APR 1816” markings.. Sold for £2 200 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1248

South Africa: Zululand: A selection of covers and cards, comprising 1894 envelope, registered to Transvaal, bearing 1888-93 1s., 1894 (Aug. 25) envelope to Port Elizabeth bearing 1888-93 1/2d. pair, 1891 Natal Fiscal 1d., 1895 (June) envelope to Maritzburg, bearing 1891 Natal 6d., 1895 (Sept. 19th) envelope, registered, bearing 1888-91 1/2d. (2), 1894-96 1/2d. (4), 1d. (2), 1897 (Dec. 10) envelope to England, bearing 1894-96 1/2d., 1d., 21/2d., 6d., 1s., 2s.6d., 4s., also Natal 1s. revenue stamp overprinted “ZULULAND”, 1895 (Sept. 10) and 1897 (Feb. 24) G.B. 1/2d. stationery cards, one additionally franked 1894-96 1/2d., other 1d., good to fine.. Sold for £5 000 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1420

South Africa: 1913-24 £1 pale olive-green and red in a superb unmounted mint block of four, folded through the vertical perforations, very fresh appearance and rare. S.G. 17a, S.A.C.C. 48,000 Rands as unmounted singles.. Sold for £2 600 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1470

South Africa: 1913-24 1/2d. green, variety stamp doubly printed, mint, faintly toned, some blunted perfs at left, gum has been sweated and redistributed, otherwise fine and very rare. Phil. Fed. of Southern Africa certificate (1997). S.G. 3a, cat. £10,000. Sold for £2 500 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1436

Zanzibar: 1913 1c. to 200r. set of imperforate plate proofs in upper left corner marginal blocks of four, on ungummed watermarked paper, rare and attractive. S.G.224-245P,. Sold for £3 800 plus buyer's premium. Lot 1578

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