The Gaur Family Collection of India & Indian States realised saw 100% lots sold and a new record sum for a Four Anna set.
The auction saw 75 book bidders and participants in the room, with 77 people bidding via SG Live in an atmosphere of healthy competition, which was reflected in the results.
The continual growth of the philatelic market of the subcontinent during the last 15 years has led to a growing appetite for high-quality material, especially with regards to the Indian Convention and the Feudatory States. One of the finest Indian collections assembled, it was sure to bring great interest on the day.
A key highlight was one of the finest single unused, Lot 21, 1854 Four Anna blue and red second printing, Head Die II, Frame Die I position 8 (ex. Ferray) — described as “a wonderful stamp with fine fresh colours and exceptional impression.” It reached a new record sum for a single Four Anna of £30,000 (+ buyers premium).
Other highlight lots included: Lot 228, the Feudatory States, notably a Duttia 1895 imperforate ¼ pink with monogram, which realised more than catalogue at £5,500.
Lot 240, a Charkhari 1894 1 Annas dull green, sold for £4,000 and Lot 353, a Jammu and Kashmir 1878 1a red provisional sold for £1500.
Lot 294, an 1896 Duttia ¼ a black on orange paper reached a remarkable £18,000.
Only about a dozen examples of the paper are recorded and several enthusiastic bidders pushed the find to a remarkable price as the rarity of this exceptional stamp was recognised.
The results demonstrate the energy of the Indian market and reflect the growing prosperity of Indian collectors worldwide.
Stanley Gibbons’ forthcoming auctions include another Signature Auction on The Dr Dunlop Collection of Switzerland, a superlative collection of Swiss stamps, known for its beauty, history and charm, assembled by Dr. Dunlop.
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