Postal – Apex’s Auction 135 took place at an autumnal Lingfield Park Racecourse on Sunday Nov 16th. With 125 room bidders, swelled by around 400 bidding via post, total realisations exceeded an impressive £350,000. The opening section of 176 World and Commonwealth lots (including over 100 'boxes') were once again keenly sought after with only 12 lots remaining unsold, with equally strong demand evident for the following single country collections and lots section.
Another powerful GB section included many notable realisations, a 1d black pl 2 with the scarce 'Cloverleaf' Inspector's mark [one of 4 known examples] sold for £4522 [lot 517], a delightfully fresh unused 2/- brown fetched £2737 [lot 610] and a mint example of the 1867 10/- SG 128 with PTS Cert sold for £10,590 [lot 616].
Also worthy of note was a mint £5 orange selling for £4400 [lot 626], a superb example of the same stamp with 'Walsall' cds fetched £3450 [lot 627]. An 1887 1/2d Jubilee printed on gummed side with inverted wmk sold for £2380 [lot 663], a 1915 DLR Seahorse 10/- bright blue u/m (with RPS Cert) realised £3090 and a fine mint PUC 2 1/2d inverted was knocked down for £1785 [lot 723].
The continued strength of the British Commonwealth market was again in evidence and some impressive results here included £2080 for an Australia 1927 Parliament 1 1/2d imperf between vertical pair [1 of 22 known] [lot 814], £1190 for a British Levant 1916 Salonika 6d mint vertical pair, the upper stamp with missing o/pt, [lot 843], £890 for KUT 1922 £3 mint [lot 958] and £833 for Trengganu $100 mint o/pt Specimen [lot 998]. One of the most popular Commonwealth stamps we handle is the St. Helena 1922 15/- as was borne out by the realisation of £1011 for [lot 1132], just over full catalogue.