The auction will be held on 29 April 2023 at The Royal Philatelic Society London

The auction will commence at 13:30 with viewing from 11:30

Contact: Simon Richards: Heathercombe House, Drayton St Leonard, Wallingford, 0X10 7BG Tel: 0771 368 4263 e-mail: auction@wipsg.org

Please note only society members eligible to bid, however paperless membership only £8pa -see this page

Preview of our Annual Auction on 29 April 2023

Our 51st, auction ( 1st auction for WIPSG) will take place at the premises of the Royal Philatelic Society London on the Saturday before the Coronation.

We have over 700 lots to tempt you with total estimated realisations a tad shy of £36,000, provided by 23 different vendors. In a typical year we will sell around 60% of the material and some 70 or so of you will be successful purchasers and with nothing extra to pay in terms of buyers premium – just postage and packing if you are not present on the day.

The bid book opens from the moment you receive the catalogue and tied bids will go to the first received. The book closes at 15.00 on 28 April. The Society received a 10% commission on all lots sold but this is payable by the vendor.

We try to maintain an average estimate per lot of £50 and this year is no exception, estimates range from £6 to £500. Once again Barbados is the most popular country with 75 lots and a total estimate of £4,700 but there are strong sections too of Jamaica, Leeward Islands and St Vincent, but there should be a decent amount available from all territories.

The largest offering, of almost half the sale, is from the estate of our sadly missed Past President, Graham Booth. Graham was one of the members keenest to expand our horizons beyond the English speaking areas to embrace the entire littoral. So those with a taste for postal history will find attractive offerings from Guadeloupe, Martinique, the Danish, Dutch and even Swedish West Indies. Do spread the word to your collecting friends with interests in each area – you do need to be a member to bid, but at £8 for an on-line membership that should not deter.

Elsewhere there are some attractive and scarce single stamps, particularly those showing listed flaws. A fair range of scarce stationery items, including a George V Leeward Islands size K envelope mint, no used seem to have survived.

The sale ends with a number of literature items, including some scarce catalogues from the estate of my predecessor as auctioneer.

Simon Richards, Auctioneer

January 2023