Tennants Auctioneers’ Stamps, Postcards and Postal History Sale saw strong prices throughout and achieved an impressive 97% of lots sold. At the heart of the sale were two good private collections.
A Private Collection of Stamp Booklets, comprising 85 lots, beat the estimated hammer price of £30,000-40,000 to sell for over £52,000 (plus buyer’s premium). Rare examples of early stamp booklets sold well, having drawn the interest of collectors from across the country. The collection also contained other notable lots, including a Great Britain 1913 £1 ‘seahorse’ in dull blue-green which sold for £1,300 against an estimate of £500-650.
A separate Private Estate in the sale featured strong booklet pane collections by reign and sold for a total hammer price of just over £20,000 against an estimate of £6,000-8,000. Notable lots in the collection included King George V cylinder number blocks from 1934-36, which sold for £2,200.
Good prices were seen through the rest of the sale, with the penny blacks selling for £160 or more each, as well as a 1d red plate 225, which sold for £420 against the Stanley Gibbons catalogue value of £700. British Commonwealth collections also continued to sell strongly.
The section of Postcards in the sale achieved a 100% sold rate, with much interest in the photographic postcards of Leeds from a private collection. One of the most sought after lots was an album featuring over 100 photographic postcards of Leeds shopfronts and landmarks that sold for £1,800.
The sale achieved a total hammer price of £132,530 for the 234 lots, with a 97% sold rate.