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 2199 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

Lot 2199 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

1935 KGV Silver Jubilee 2½d Prussian blue ERROR OF COLOUR (instead of normal blue) with normal to compare. Superb fresh MLH, almost MNH, pristine original gum. SG Spec NCOM14, SG 456a cat £12,000+. Only 3 sheets issued by mistake at one PO & most were used & lost. One of the most famous errors of colour of all of philately & the key KGV period GB stamp. Certificate can be obtained on request. (P)

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

World Great Britain
Price: A$ 12,000.00
Lot 2193 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

Lot 2193 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

1918-19 KGV Seahorses 2/6 chocolate-brown, Bradbury Printing. Superb fresh MNH. SG Spec N65(3), SG 414 cat £160 for M, should be at least double, £320 MNH. (P)

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

World Great Britain
Price: A$ 300.00
Lot 2195 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

Lot 2195 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

1924-26 KGV 1½d red-brown wmk block cypher opt SPECIMEN (type 23). VF fresh MNH. SG Spec N35t, SG 420S cat £90 for M, should be at least double, £180 MNH.

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

World Great Britain
Price: A$ 90.00
Lot 2202 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

Lot 2202 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

1948 KGVI Silver Wedding set 2½d & £1 FDC, tied by 'Carshalton-On-The-Hill 26 AP 48' cds. VF. SG 493-94 cat £425. (P)

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

World Great Britain
Price: A$ 200.00
Lot 2194 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

Lot 2194 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

1918-19 KGV Seahorses 10/- dull grey-blue, BW printing. VF fresh M. SG 417 cat £475. (P)

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

World Great Britain
Price: A$ 300.00
Lot 2201 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

Lot 2201 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

1939-48 KGVI 10/- ultramarine, opt SPECIMEN (SG Type 23). VF fresh M. SG Spec Q33t, SG 478bs cat £425. (P)

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

World Great Britain
Price: A$ 300.00
Lot 2221 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

Lot 2221 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

1840 QV 1d black plate 11 letters DA, on folded letter (dated 22 Sep 1841) tied with black Maltese Cross & 'No1' marking, b/s 'Beaminster'. F-VF stamp 2 margins. SG 2 - PL11 cat £16,000 on cover. The rarest of the 1d black plates & attractive little letter. Certificate can be obtained on request. (P)

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

World Great Britain
Price: A$ 3,000.00
Lot 2196 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

Lot 2196 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

1924-26 KGV 2d orange, wmk block cypher, opt SPECIMEN (type 23). F-VF fresh MNH. SG Spec N36s, SG 421S cat £100 for M, should be at least double, £200 MNH.

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

World Great Britain
Price: A$ 90.00
Lot 2200 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

Lot 2200 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

1939-48 KGVI Arms 2/6 yellow-green opt SPECIMEN (SG Type 23). VF fresh, SG Spec Q30t, SG 476bs cat £300. (P)

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

World Great Britain
Price: A$ 250.00
Lot 2197 - World Great Britain -  Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

Lot 2197 - World Great Britain - Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

1929 KGV PUC £1 black. Stamp superb fresh MNH, top marginal. SG 438 cat £750 for M, should be at least double, £1500 MNH. (P)

Status International Stamps & Covers Public Auction 364

World Great Britain
Price: A$ 1,200.00