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Corbitts Sell Another Rare Office of Works Block

On November 29th 2012 Corbitts will sell another rare Office of Works marginal block of four. Lot 1646 is a block of the 10d Jubilee estimated at £7’000-10’000. In their previous auction, Corbitts sold a marginal block of four of the 5d Jubilee for £12’600 plus commission. Although it has a faint vertical crease, it is hinged on one stamp and has a clear 1945 RPS certificate. So expect this block to go for more!

Corbitts will also have many other Jubilee official including a 1s green & carmine Board of Education, as well as blocks, varieties and specimens of Army and I. R. Officials.

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Corbitts Sell Rare Office of Works Block

On September 6th 2012, Corbitts sold rare Office of Works marginal block of four. Lot 2106 was a block of the 5d Jubilee estimated at £5’000-7’000. Hinged on only one stamp and certified RPS 1945, it sold for a fantastic £12’600 plus commission. Showing just how rare multiples are of the Office of Works official issues.

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“Chartwell” Jubilees are SPECTACULAR

It was only last November, that the Gold Medal collection of Jubilees by Lady Mary Buiri was sold at Sotheby’s. Now Spink are offering on the 13th October, as part of the “Chartwell” collection, a collection of Jubilees possibly surpassing that of Lady Buiri’s!!

The most striking and desireable of the collection is lot 876 (pictured). A page of handpainted essays of the final design for the entire set on an archive page, and endorsed by the Inland Revenue Secretary and with “THE DESIGNS ARE SIMPLY DRAWN BY HAND AND DO NOT SHOW THE FINISHED EFFECT WHICH WILL BE OBTAINED BY ENGRAVING.” printed below. At £30’000-35’000, it’s no price to be sniffed at, but at £3’000 to £3’500 per essay (excluding commission of course), it is well worth the money, and in my opinion, would be the pinnacle of a Jubilee collection. That gives me 17 days to save up…

The rest of the collection is full of essays, die proofs, colour trials, CANCELLED overprints and so take a look at the catalogue!

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Corbitts Sell Sensational Franking on Telegram

Corbitts, situated in Newcastle, sold this sensational telegram for £1’150 plus commission. Sent from Leighlinbridge (Ireland) to Transvaal, it bears no fewer than 56 x 6d, 24 x 9 and 13 x 1s green & carmine, completely covering the reverse side of the form! Although it has some faults, it wasn’t surprising to see this smash the estimate of £650-850. The only dissapointing thing about it was that I wasn’t the winning bidder!

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