The Apex Public Auction number 133 was held in gloriously sunny weather at the popular Lingfield Park Racecourse venue on Sunday July 27th, with 125 buyers in the room competing with several 100 'book' bidders for the 1150 lots going under the hammer.
The sale exceeded expectations with highly gratifying realisations in excess of £420,000 and relatively few lots remaining unsold [in fact of the first 145 lots comprising all world collections, boxes etc, 10 lots only failed to sell]. Once again GB was selling well with strong demand across all reigns.
Notable realisations included £1900 for a fine 4 margin 1d black plate 11 on cover [lot 508], £3450 for a complete set of mint 1858 1d plates from 71 to 224 [lot 542], a most impressive £8925 for lot 641, a lovely corner marginal mint example of the Ed V11 6d bright magenta, £9520 for an unused example of SG O11, the £1 brown lilac IR Official with RPS Cert [lot 836] and £2618 for lot 844, the scarce 3/- Telegraph SG L230 with RPS Cert [lot 844]. There were a number of QE2 items from the Mike Holt stock on offer, with lot 730 the pair of miscut 1979 Rolls Royce booklets [one of only 11 such pairs] realising £3332.
Some impressive results in the British Commonwealth section included a staggering £17,255 for lot 854, the 1967 Anguilla Independence set u/m [top vals with BPA Certs], £1785 for the 1857 Ceylon imperf 1/2d reddish lilac mint with RPS Cert [lot 924], £2380 for a fine mint example of the 1935 1/- Jubilee with 'Lightning Conductor' [lot 958] and £4522 for one of the key GV1 mint stamps, the Grenada 2 1/2d perf 12 1/2 x 13 1/2 with BPA Cert [lot 987].