The auction offers strong representation of Australia & Colonies, strong
British Empire material of all areas & periods, as well as General Foreign
including small and large collections. There are over 300 lots of
Australian Collections (Lots 87-398) and 600 lots of World collections
(Lots 399-999). Following on there is almost 900 lots of Australia which
consist of singles, sets and covers including Australian colonies (Lots
1078-1959). The Australian lots cover all periods, from the Kangaroo issues
up to Decimal and contains numerous number of mint & used £1 & £2 top
This auction also includes the very rare 1936 KEVIII 2d red wmk Crown CofA
UNISSUED due to his abdication. A full sheet was presented to the Governor
of Victoria when he visited the printer. When the decision was made not to
issue KEVIII stamps the Governor was asked by the printer to return the
sheet which he did, with the exception of the blk of 6 removed from the LL
cnr of the sheet, which he had sent to William, Baron Vestey in England, so
the printer did not press the point. Vestey's grandson offered the blk of 6
in 2014 through Spinks London, where it sold for £240,000. A single was
sold at a 2015 Melbourne auction for almost $173,000. Comes with copies of
correspondence between the printer & the Governor regarding the return of
the stamps. VF fresh MUH. A great rarity of Australian philately. (Lot
There are over 1,500 lots of World stamps, covers and single country
collections (Lots 1960-3483). Numerous other British Empire, European, The
Americas and Asian rarities.
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