Stamps

Stamp collecting has long been popular since they first appeared in 1840. From the original Penny Black to First Day covers and new issues, there are many ways to enjoy these small but exquisite items – collect by subject area, theme, country or period in history maybe, but keep an eye on grade (the position of the printed design on the paper) and condition (for example, production anomilies, damage).


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29 April 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Shapero parent company to launch Mayfair Book Auctions this week

11 June 2018

The parent company of recently launched Mayfair Philatelic Auctions has announced it will also be holding regular auctions of books and prints, writes Roland Arkell.

Stanley Gibbons

Hornby owner buys stake in Stanley Gibbons Group to help reduce debt

23 February 2018

Stamp and coin dealership Stanley Gibbons Group has sold a stake to the owner of model railway and collectables retailer Hornby to help pay down debt.

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The Presidential Selection: Franklin Roosevelt

04 November 2016

In the run-up to the US election on November 8, Frances Allitt takes a look at the objects previous presidents borrowed, bought – and sometimes broke.

Stanley Gibbons losses mount up as they write down £24m

03 October 2016

Collectables and auction business Stanley Gibbons has posted a £28.9m full-year loss after writing down the value of its assets.

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Rare American ‘Inverted Jenny’ stamp recovered

18 April 2016

A rare American stamp stolen in 1955 in one of the most famous thefts in philatelic history has been recovered after turning up at Spink.

Stanley Gibbons auditors quit over risk

03 March 2016

The auditors for Stanley Gibbons, the venerable collectables dealership and parent company of Dreweatts Bloomsbury, Mallett and AH Baldwin, have resigned because they believe the firm is exposed to excessive risk.

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Global sales at Spink hit £29m in strong coins and stamps market

19 January 2015

Philatelic and numismatic specialists Spink have posted annual sales figures of just under £29m.

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The $7.9m record stamp

23 June 2014

Sotheby’s set a new auction record for a stamp with the $7.9m (£4.85m) hammer taken for the 1856 British Guiana one-cent Magenta in New York last week.

Revision of postal museum sales policy

20 March 2014

The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) has revised its policy for sales of duplicates following controversy surrounding last July’s Sotheby’s auction.

Sotheby’s defend stamp sale decision

01 July 2013

Sotheby’s have issued a robust defence of the British Postal Museum & Archive in the wake of strong criticism of the decision to sell off a tranche of its stamp collection valued at up to £5m.

Noble make investment in the postage stamp market

26 August 2008

Noble Investments, the parent company of coin and medal specialists Baldwins, have announced the acquisition of Apex Philatelics Limited – their first foray into the stamp market.

Stamps boost Spink’s status

18 February 2008

Spink, the specialist London coin and stamp auctioneers, have announced auction revenues of £23.8m including premium for 2007.

Spink acquire leading US stamp auctioneers

03 September 2007

LONDON coins, medals and stamps specialists Spink have bought the American stamp auctioneers Shreves Philatelic Galleries.

Noble look to stamp market

28 August 2007

NOBLE Investments, the publicly listed coins company and owners of Baldwin’s auctioneers, have branched out into the stamps market.

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Card bonanza for Shepton Mallet

06 February 2007

ON Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24, the Royal Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet will host the largest postcard, tradecard, postal history and ephemera fair in the UK.

€5bn scandal rocks trade in stamps

15 May 2006

THE world stamp market is reeling this week after what could prove to be a €5bn pyramid selling scheme was unmasked in Spain.

Disaster of a collection, triumph of a sale

05 November 2002

FINE ART buyers may recoil from bloodied dead game or memento mori skulls on still lifes, but the rest of the market knows no such delicacy. Death and disaster, after a suitable lapse of time, become marketing opportunities, as was demonstrated at the Chiswick rooms of Harmers (15% buyer’s premium) on October 22 when their wide reputation as philately auctioneers brought them the remarkable Günther Heyd Disaster Mail collection from Germany.

Coming up.......in Chiswick

07 August 2002

Frontline forgery: LETTERS home during WW2 were extremely important to soldiers on the front. Each soldier was issued a quota of stamps which were specially overprinted to validate their posting from a specific location.

Andy Capp and Roosevelt

19 February 2001

UK: BOOKS were not really the main attraction in this sale, although it did contain a 1795 first edition of John Aikin’s illustrated Description of the Country... round Manchester. This was, however, an ex-library copy that had been rebound and had its share of stamps.

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