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Mayfair is part of the Scholium Group Plc, an AIM listed company who specialise in Rare Books, Works on Paper and other Fine Arts.
SALE NUMBER 16 - SUNDAY 15th November 2020
I have great pleasure in welcoming you all to our November 15th Public Auction. I write these lines shortly after we made the difficult decision for this sale to be online only. We were all geared up for a traditional Lingfield Park sale, something we all look forward to as much as I know many of you do. However, In light of the latest Government restrictions and the slightly gloomy prognosis for the next few months, we felt we had no choice.
The success of our July auction demonstrated admirably well how a public sale online could work for us. You may bid in any of the traditional ways; by post, email, telephone or via our website and, on the day itself, by use of an agent, telephone bidding or with our online Easy Live platform.
As for the sale itself, you may think the order of lots in the earlier sections a little strange. This is because the sale was originally numbered and ordered to allow the online bidding to commence with lot 169 (following the opening section of boxes and mixed lots). Now however, as a result of the developments outlined above, all 1100 lots will be offered online (see over the page for further details).
This will include lots 1 to 30, our ‘room’ lots, traditionally offered to room bidders only and beloved by many. There is normally something of a feeding frenzy where these are concerned so it will be interesting to see if this phenomena can be replicated online!
So, after the opening section of boxes and mixed lots, we have no fewer than 280 one country and GB collections. A strong section of GB singles follows with a fine offering of 1d blacks and later line engraved, mint QV, high values, specialised Ed VII and GV, mint Seahorses etc. A few highlights include: A superb mint 1870 1 1/2d rosy mauve, 2 mint examples of the 2/- brown, a group of scarce ‘underprints’ 1862 6d lilac mint with inverted watermark and, also with inverted watermark, £1 green SG 212 used (rare). We have 3 different 1901 ‘Paste up’ Essays, a complete set of 9
‘Transvaal’ Essays, Downey Head Die Proofs and Hentschel Essays and a PUC 2 1/2d u/m with inverted watermark. One of the scarcest items in the sale is a u/m example of the 1959 £1 Bradbury Castle on chalky paper.
As ever, we have a superb section of British Commonwealth singles with a plethora of ‘Red Pounds’, Falklands Centenary high values, a Gibraltar £5, Caymans SG 35, Sierra Leone SG 67 u/m, Rhodesia ‘Double head’ £1 and 1898£10, the elusive Jordan 1933 Tourism set and fine used Nyasaland £10 SG 52. Scarce varieties include Bechuanaland SG 4a, Bermuda 119cf, North Borneo 157a and, running throughout, 1935 Jubilee varieties. A major rarity to point out to you also, Trinidad 1/- SG 61 with the Perkins Bacon ‘Cancelled’ handstamp (one of only six).
Even though we are once again being confronted by ever more restrictions, there is no doubt that some semblance of normality did return to life for a couple of months. Being able to travel to see clients, pick up collections, view auctions and, where necessary, stay in hotels has helped enormously. I am yet to undertake however, either for business or pleasure, any overseas trips. It is not so much a health concern as just finding oneself in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a result, we have enjoyed several UK based long weekends, including on the South Coast, various bits of Devon including Dartmoor (what a magnificent area that is!) and Suffolk. My mother hails from Suffolk so this trip represented something of a trip down memory lane in a county I’ve seldom visited since childhood. Having had to cancel my India holiday, this represented something of a different experience, but Minsmere, Walberswick, Southwold and Orford were a delight. In Felixstowe I was remembering, through the lenses of rose-tinted spectacles (and boring my wife and son to death), visits to the beach hut owned by my grandparents (which seemed magnificently opulent at the time), trips to the pier, sandwiches full of sand and the endless streams of container ships on the horizon. All very exciting to a boy from a small village in the Cotswolds. We were a simple folk.
A couple of days ago I was walking down Oxford Street. The date was September 29th and the Christmas lights were up. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Christmas very much (unlike my colleague Mr. Warren whose demeanour during the festive season makes the Grinch resemble the Laughing Policeman), but for goodness sake, September!
Stay safe and good luck with the sale!