A fine selection of 6000 world, Commonwealth and GB lots, went under the hammer at the Apex Postal Auction 131 which closed at 2.00 pm on Thursday 24th April.
In November 2013 Apex Philatelics concluded the purchase of the entire stock of the late GB dealer, Mike Holt. Much of the stock is to be sold throughout 2014. Mike Holt was best known for his extensive knowledge of modern British stamps, yet his first love was the Victorian line engraved issues and it was through his affection for those stamps, the Penny Black foremost amongst them, that he originally became a stamp dealer around 30 years ago. In that time he built up a front line business with a comprehensive stock, specialising in the Machin and regional issues.
Amongst the items from his stock was lot 1274, a 1969 stapled £1 Cook book, first vertical row of the multi value pane with phosphor omitted which sold for £495, lot 1448, a 1979 Rowland Hill Miniature Sheet with missing pale greenish yellow, which sold for £495, and lot 1608, a rare 2003 Explorers set of 6, each with value in silver, instead of gold, which sold for £935.
Elsewhere in the sale, the Great Britain section sold extremely well with lot 399 (pictured below), a fine and attractive example of the 1884 Crowns £1 brown lilac mint, selling for an exceptional £7,150.
Other items in this section attracted high prices, including lot 250, a lovely mint example of the 1847 Embossed 10d deep brown which sold for £1,925 and lot 328 an 1867 Maltese Cross 10/-, overprinted Specimen, which sold for £1,750.
A strong section of Commonwealth and world stamps rounded off the sale with lot 2494, the Bermuda 1924 script 2/6d black and bright orange vermillion mint which sold for £1,288 and lot 4184, a Gibraltar 1925 £5 violet and black fine mint, which sold for £1,017.
The catalogue and full results from the sale can be found online at www.apexstamps.com. Apex Philatelics next postal auction will close at 2.00pm on Thursday 12th June, and the catalogue is available to view online.