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Outstanding Results in Stamp Sale

7th July 2022.

The market for Stamps was proved to be thriving at Tennants Auctioneers in North Yorkshire, in an outstanding Stamps, Postal History and Postcards sale on 6th July. In a sale that realised a total hammer price that was significantly above top estimate, only a small handful of lower value items failed to sell.

The sale included several good private collections, including the estate of a North Yorkshire dealer/collector organised and presented in seven lots, which achieved good prices throughout and a total hammer price of £18,880.

Highlights of the individual lots included a two-volume collection of British Commonwealth housed in two New Imperial albums that sold for £11,000 (plus buyer’s premium). With over 7,000 mint stamps and a further 1000+ used stamps, the collection was in wonderful condition and of a quality that attracted strong competition.

‘Foreign’ stamps also sold well throughout, with particularly notable results achieved for US issues. High prices went to a group of stamps from 1893 depicting the life of Columbus, which were the world’s first ever commemorative issues; the $5 value sold for £1,000 against an estimate of £200-250, and the $2 sold for £380. Another interesting lot was a 1922 15/- stamp from St Helena, postmarked with a forged cancel, nevertheless clearly popular with collectors, selling for £500.

Amongst the postcards in the sale, the last of an extensive collection of Leeds and surrounding areas sold well, including an outstanding album of circa 430 cards featuring transport in Leeds which sold for £3,800.

The sale realised a total hammer price of £202,110 for 262 lots.


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