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Discover the latest results from philatelic sales across the UK in our latest stamp auction round-up…

1964 Southern Rhodesia printing error

Spink’s sale of Southern Africa material featured a range of treasures, but it was a 1960s error that achieved one of the highest prices in the auction. The strip of four 1964 Southern Rhodesia 2/6d definitives featured a centre pair with the vermilion omitted, the left-hand stamp with vermilion only on one tail fin and the right-hand stamp with vermilion only lightly inked.

The lot description explained:

‘The missing vermilion affects the fish scales, eye, gill, fins and tail. The error occurred on two or three sheets. It’s known columns seven (from the left) and nine were affected, but not if the columns came from the same sheet or two different ones. Columns six and ten show partial omission of the colour, but column eight hasn’t been seen making it impossible to know with certainty if one or two sheets were affected. What is known with certainty is that one other sheet was affected completely on columns six and seven and partially on the columns either side.’

SOLD FOR £10,000

Cape Town to Washington DC cover

The recent sale at Cavendish included an 1883 cover from Cape Town to Washington DC featuring a 6d Lilac tied by a Cape Town Squared Circle, and a pair of USA 10c Postage Dues.

Since insufficient postage was paid for the delivery, the ‘exhibition item’ shows a manuscript ‘5’, a blue crayon ‘50’ and a very fine NY ‘dumb-bell’ ‘DUE/20/CENTS’ datestamp.


Crash covers on offer

Argyll Etkin’s Autumn Auction began with an extensive range of airmails covering this field in its broadest aspects, including crash covers.

Pioneer flights and pilot signed covers flights from around the world. A spokesperson for the auctioneers mused: ‘Perhaps there is increased fascination for the intrepid nature of flight during this time of lower air activity.’

A 1954 large registered cover from Brisbane to London recovered from the BOAC Comet Crash at Singapore with a ‘Damaged by Fire / Singapore Crash’ cachet not seen by us before and unrecorded by Nierinck, made £2,975.

SOLD FOR £2,975

Ceylon De La Rue essays

Stanley Gibbons recently offered the Taprobana Collection of Ceylon Telegraph Stamps.

Amongst the many essays and proofs, a collection of four stamp-sized 1891 De La Rue essays on card proved popular. The essays showed the values TWENTY CENTS in sage-green and light sage-green, FORTY CENTS in dark and light red-brown, SIXTY CENTS in deep blue and blue, and EIGHTY CENTS in dark and light lilac. Each with some lettering in Chinese white, and with simulated perforations in pencil; some blemishes on reverse from removal from the printer’s record book.

SOLD FOR £6,000

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