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Keenly Contested Collections at Stanley Gibbons December Auction
A Stanley Gibbons Imperial album for foreign countries, achieved £4,000 against an estimate of £2,600. A foreign collection housed in nine albums and five stockbooks (Lot 1434) achieved double its top estimate by going for £1,200 and Lot 1432, an accumulation in five stock books containing mostly pre 1950 material, sold for £2,800 against an estimate of £1,000.
In the China section a "useful collection" 1949-1971 including a part set of Poems of Mao Tse-tung (Lot 1355) achieved £7,000 against an estimate of £1,500, while an "interesting collection" of Great Britain used abroad, with most overseas Post Offices represented, achieved nearly five times estimate, selling for £3,800.
On the first day of the auction 47 lots from the award-winning "Nemo" collection of Antarctica material were offered for sale, comprising several unique items relating to Shackleton's expeditions. Four photographs documenting the sinking of the Endurance and Shackleton's 800 mile lifeboat voyage, (Lots 121-124) fetched £420 each.
The final section of Thursday morning's session saw 20 lots of Maritime mail go under the hammer with many of the items achieving well over estimate. An accumulation of 16 Bristol Ship Letters 1773-1841 bearing a range of handstamps (lot 1524) achieved six and a half times estimate by selling for £650 while a range of eight Kent Ship letters 1823-1843 (lot 1529) achieved nearly five times estimate, selling for £700.
Other Polar material offered on day two of the auction also proved popular with scarce overprinted items from the Norwegian expedition to "Bouvet Island" producing strong realisations. A cover to Scotland on original notepaper, accompanied with superb provenance (Lot 1398) realised £900 against an estimate of £500 whilst a most unusual range of six examples used on piece (Lot 1401) achieved more than double estimate, selling for £1,100.
India and China lots continued to prove popular with a selection of unused 1967-68 Poems of Mao Tse-tung achieving £3,800 against an estimate of £2,600 (Lot 1335) whilst a pair of the unissued ½ anna vermillion, with full margins showing complete corner ornament and part inscriptions, as featured on the auction catalogue cover sold for £10,350.
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