Apex Public Auction 149 – 24 July 2016

June 24th, 2016

The Apex Public Auction 149 takes place this July at the famous Lingfield park Racecourse in Surrey. This will be the second of three auctions held at the venue by Apex this year, and promises to be a popular event in the stamp collector’s calendar.

Our last Public Sale held at Lingfield in March was always going to be a hard act to follow – it was one of our most successful auctions, with over £500,000 achieved and peppered with some spectacular realisations. We are, however, delighted to say that this auction should run it close – with 1,200 lots and pre-sale estimates of over half a million.

There are some strong Commonwealth collections to get things off the ground, not least of which one of the finest mint GVI collections we have had the pleasure to offer (lot 26). We also have over 100 box lots, the popularity of which never seems to diminish. There are a couple of Imperials, some strong one country collections of used early Commonwealth, as well as several lots of the ever popular mint Australia and Bermuda.

For those looking for something a little different, we have a superb and comprehensive collection of Turkey.

Of considerable prominence running through the Great Britain collections are the albums of 1d red ‘stars’, each one superbly written up and researched, full of better postmarks, covers, plates, etc. Again, without doubt, one of the finest lots of its type we have offered at auction.

The Great Britain market remains very buoyant, and we have a very strong section of Penny Blacks, a 1d Mulready bearing a 4 margin 1d black, and two others with ‘3’ and ‘7’ in Maltese Cross, also 3 fine Rainbow Colour Trials and perhaps two of the scarcest items in the sale, a ‘VR’ Penny Black with trial cancel and 10d plate 2 ‘Abnormal’, both with faults but estimated accordingly, and great rarities nonetheless.

There are four examples the £5 orange with cds lots, a fine example of the unissued 1 1/2d rosy mauve, an Edward VII ‘Paste up’ Essay, Imprimaturs, Colour Trials and GV varieties. If you are hunting for the ever-popular inverted watermarks, keep a look out for the mint 1/- green Jubilee, Ed VII 2/6d on chalky, 1924 10d and 1929 PUC 2 1/2d.

Also this auction will feature a very strong section of Commonwealth singles including high value Roos from Australia, Bermuda key types, a rare Barbados booklet, Cyprus, Canada, Falklands and Gibraltar; a lovely section of the difficult mint New Zealand Arms high values and, once again, some ex DLR Archive Nigeria items. Perhaps the two rarest items listed are the mint Cochin 4p grey green SG 103, missing from most GVI collections (lot 1028) and lot 1177, Natal 1902 £20 fine used – an important high value, one of only a handful known.

The auction will begin at 1.30pm on Sunday 24 July, with viewing from 9.30am. Lingfield Park Racecourse (Pavilion Suite) makes a great day out, so we hope to see you there!