Great Britain - Stamp Auctions

In 1661 British Royal Mail, created the world's first stamped-mail service by adopting the “Bishop marks" so that no letter Carrier may delay a letter from post to post. In 1680 William Dockwra opened an independent postal service for local delivery in London using “Penny Post Paid” for payment marking. Within two years British post shut down Dockwra’s service, but continued operating a local “Penny Post” using a remarkably similar triangular stamp. Letters marked with Dockwra’s original stamps are extremely rare and bring high prices in stamp auctions.

The next big innovation in postal services was when Rowland Hill proposal for prepaid letters and suggested that postage be uniformly charged by weight, rather than destination. To ensure payment he proposed the use of adhesive stamps and in May 1840, Britain’s first adhesive stamps were on sale to the public. These first two stamps, known as the Penny Black and Two Pence Blue, featured the portrait of Queen Victoria, “Postage” along the top and the price along the bottom, the name "Great Britain" were not included and this tradition continues as of today. The stamps were cancelled by canceller shaped like a Maltese cross and required colored ink.For the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 held in London the first commemorative sets were issued showing the bust of King George V and a symbolic roaring lion. Only in 1953 after the crowing of QE II set was issued GB adopted the trend of issuing set of stamps commemorating national event.

Collecting GB stamps is very popular as being the innovators of postage stamps and therefor our great hobby of stamp collecting. King George IV was a great collector and his collections are kept by British Crown.

Lot 5067 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

Lot 5067 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

1944 KGVI 2/6 black on green booklet cover in uncut tete-beche blk of 4 front covers (June 1944 imprint), with stitch holes at left & 2 horiz creases that probably resulted in these covers being replaced. Booklets were made tete-beche & then guillotined. VF fresh. Ex SG BD18(10). Spectacular.
Estimate A$100

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

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Lot 5065 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

Lot 5065 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

1939-48 KGVI 2/6 yellow-green opt SPECIMEN (SG type 23). VF fresh, SG Spec Q30t, SG 476bs cat £300. (P)
Estimate A$250

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

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Lot 5068 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

Lot 5068 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

1944 KGVI 2/6 black on green booklet cover, tete-beche pr of front covers (June 1944 imprint), with stitch holes at left & horiz crease that probably resulted in these covers being replaced. Booklets were made tete-beche & then guillotined. VF fresh ex SG BD 18(10).
Estimate A$70

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

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Lot 5070 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

Lot 5070 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

1948 KGVI Silver Wedding set 2½d & £1. Superb fresh MNH. SG 493-4 cat £40+. (2)
Estimate A$35

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

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Lot 5073 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

Lot 5073 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

1948 KGVI Silver Wedding £1 unaddressed FDC tied by 'Ickneld Street Birmingham 26 AP 48' cds on small square envelope. VF. SG 494 cat £40+ as loose stamp alone or cat £425 for set on FDC. (P)
Estimate A$100

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

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Lot 5069 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

Lot 5069 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

1944 KGVI 2/6 black on green booklet cover in uncut tete-beche blk of 20 (2x10) front covers (June 1944 imprint), with 2 vert columns of stitch holes in centre & horiz creases that probably resulted in these covers being replaced. Booklets were made tete-beche & then guillotined. VF ex SG BD18(10). Spectacular! (P)
Estimate A$300

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

World Great Britain
Lot 5072 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

Lot 5072 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

1948 KGVI Silver Wedding set 2½d & £1. Superb U. SG 493-494 cat £40. (2).
Estimate A$30

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

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Lot 5096 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

Lot 5096 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

1957 KGVI 6d deep blue Postal Order wmk E II R, with 'Berkhampsted / Herts / 4 MY 57' issue postmark, but not cashed, with counterfoil. Superb fresh UNC.
Estimate A$50

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

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Lot 5064 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

Lot 5064 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

1937-38 Postage Due ½d, 1d, 2d, 3d & 5d, wmk 'G VI R' sideways. VF fresh MNH. SG ex D27-D32 cat £55. (5)
Estimate A$60

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

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Lot 5071 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

Lot 5071 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

1948 KGVI Silver Wedding set 2½d & £1. VF fresh MNH. SG 493-474 cat £40. (2)
Estimate A$30

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 369

World Great Britain