Auction highlights, September 2022


01 September 2022
Discover some of the notable stamp and postal history lots to have gone under the hammer in recent weeks, with our regular stamp auction round-up.


Stanley Gibbons recently sold this 1942-44 $3 surcharge on 1ct black, from the Brunei Japanese Occupation. The surcharge was ‘type 2’ in orange-red and the stamp was lightly struck by a circular date stamp (CDS).

Described as ‘very fine; an iconic and sought-after Japanese Occupation rarity’, the stamp was said to be the first used example the auction house have handled in many years.’

SOLD FOR £10,000

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‘As London sweltered and sweated in the early summer heatwave, prices were also simmering nicely in the Grosvenor saleroom during the two day British Empire & Foreign Countries auction,’ the auctioneers at Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions wrote.

The highlights of the sale included an 1857 cover sent from New Brunswick to Ireland with the 7½d. packet rate paid by a pair and a diagonally bisected single of the 3d value.

SOLD FOR £1,798


This pair of imperforate imprimatur horizontal tête-bêche 1936 1½d red-brown stamps, with a ‘NPM IMPRIMATUR’ handstamp on reverse, was also sold by Stanley Gibbons recently. The rare Edward VIII stamp was once held in the collections of the National Postal Museum (NPM).

SOLD FOR £2,400


Cherrystone offered a wide selection of Polish material recently, including a 1919 10kr violet, Plate IVB, position 1, showing the constant variety part of the middle ornament incomplete (this variety occurs only in position 1 of the plate of 25).

The stamp was ‘perfectly centred and fresh’ and said to be ‘a splendid example of this popular stamp, undoubtedly one of the finest in existence.’

SOLD FOR £8,066

Further reading

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