Prices paid for… the £5 Orange

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29 January 2020
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We provide a price guide to one of the most desirable GB stamps, the Queen Victoria £5 Orange, picking out ten examples that have sold in recent times…

Sparks Auctions recently sold this example, described as used with pen cancel and Glasgow c.d.s. dated OCT.26.1894. Pulled perf at bottom, otherwise a well-centered and very fine stamp … for C$950.00 (£553)

Catawiki seller carlos151060 recently sold this example for US $1,100 plus $15 shipping (£851). The stamp was described as having strong colour; very well perforated; and beautifully cancelled Gloucester 30 OC. 02

Dauwalders … Overprinted SPECIMEN. Fine; without gum; recently on sale at £1,395 plus postage.

An example from a Grosvenor Philatelics 2012 auction. Described as watermark anchor on blued paper; used with HOPE ST. GLASGOW/AU31/82 c.d.s., with a pressed-out crease and central repair to left of the cancel. Fine appearance; with Brandon certificiate (2007). Sold for £1450.  

5 .. 1st November 2018. A superb Queen Victoria £5 Orange was one of the highlights of Tennants Auctioneers’ Stamps, Postcards & Postal History Sale on 31st October, 2018. It was described as a well-centred, fine used example, with Manchester cancellation mark for 12 June 1893. The stamp sold for £1,500.

British-Stamps.co.uk  … recently offered this example, described as a very fine used well centred example, and priced at £1,745 plus postage.

This single stamp offered in a Grosvenor Philatelics 2012 auction, and described as watermark anchor on blued paper, DD; a good used stamp with BIRMINGHAM T.O./DE 8/87 c.d.s. and boxed C.H.B./G.P.O.; slightly soiled; with a B.P.A. certificate (1957); sold for £1850.

Mulready Philatelics recently had this specmen, described as  very good/fine used example of this very rare stamp, the £5 Orange on Blued Paper, lettered DM with fine colour and bluing and cancelled with a VERE STREET CDS for 20 November 1882 - the first year of usage. With Certificate which states ‘fine but I see the faintest hint of a pressed wrinkle on reverse.’ A very rare stamp so fine. Asking price was £5,995 with free postage.

Embassy Philatelists recently offered this example, described as a mint, brilliant extra fresh L/M with fantastic gum & lovely colour (from the 1900 printing). A bottom marginal; fabulous quality… for £9,750

At Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions sale No.76 (in 2012) this block of nine from the top left corner of the sheet; watermark anchor,  on blued paper, AA-CC; and overprinted SPECIMEN, sold for £24,000. The catalogue described the block as having a vertical crease at left, gum wrinkles, but otherwise fine and fresh; and a most attractive and rare multiple. 

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