Our autumn auction series held from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th December saw great results. 

Over the course of five days, more than 4400 lots have gone under the hammer and there has been some intense bidding from all around the world, over the internet, the phone and in the auction room. 

We kicked off the sale with the first part of the J. Chalhoub collection of Egypt which saw great interest and ended up with total hammer prices exceeding estimates by almost 200%. Learn more about this sale here

On Tuesday, Great Britain and British Colonies were auctioned and as expected the scarce Penny Black plate 11s and the specialised collection of Bechuanaland were a great success. 

Wednesday morning, it was the turn of the third part of the Dan Walker collection of Indian Princely States which saw hammer prices exceeding estimates by an average of 170%. In the afternoon, the France and Colonies collections had strong competition. For example, lot 50519, an exceptional collection of never hinged semi-modern stamps of France, estimated EUR 30’000 – 50’000 sold for EUR 63’400*. 

All world, Europe and Overseas collections were also especially fought over on Thursday and Friday and resulted in some excellent results including a spectacular German Colonies collection, lot 51161, which sold for EUR 103’700*.

We closed the auction week with a small but beautiful section of Switzerland with over 130 lots including Cantonals and collections which stirred up passions among the bidders who filled the auction room. There were notable results for lot 60004, the mint Basel Dove and lot 60005, the Basel Dove on cover.

 

Some highlights of the week: 

 

Lot 10176

1949 Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition in Cairo, two colour-trials mini-miniature sheets

Estimated EUR 3’800

Sold EUR 19’520 *

Lot 30510

1850-51 12c Black on indigo with initials of postal clerk Wight “EDW”, cut square and just cut into at top, light Berbice datestamp, minor faults

Estimated GBP 15’000 – 20’000

Sold GBP 36’600 *

Lot 40335

Orchha 1939-42 10R Turquoise Green used, very rare

Estimated GBP 2’000

Sold GBP 17’080 *

Lot 60004

Basler Taube, lebhaftblau, 1. Marke des 40er-Bogens, ungebraucht mit vollem Originalgummi (nur mit Falz- und Haftspuren oben), in leuchtend frischen Farben

Estimated CHF 5’000

Sold CHF 19’520 *

Lot 60005

Basler Taube, lebhaftblau, in leuchtend frischen Farben, ringsum sehr gut gerandet und mit ungewöhnlich kräftigem Relief der Taube

Estimated CHF 15’000

Sold CHF 41’480 *

* Prices including buyer’s premium.