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Rare stamp collection achieves in excess of £90,000 at Staffordshire auction house…

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On Thursday, 2nd March stamp collectors from around the world joined the bidding for an exceptionally rare collection of stamps as it went under that hammer at Staffordshire auction house, Cuttlestones.

Known as ‘The Dunston Collection’ the single, private collection was amassed over a period of 10-20 years by a sadly deceased local enthusiast and includes some incredibly sought-after examples.  Split down into individual lots, the collection attracted significant interest from bidders in the room, participating live via the internet, on the telephone lines and commission books; with the combined final sum achieved topping £90,000.

As expected, Lot 20 – a set of six ‘Penny Blacks’; famed as the world’s first self-adhesive postage stamp, the 1840 the 1d black block of six stamps tied to a small piece by Maltese crosses, created a real stir -the hammer finally falling at £2,300. Also selling for £2,300 was Lot 145 – a vertical pair of S.G. 128 1878 10/= in greenish-grey, with the added interest of CDS’s for the House of Commons.

With numerous individual lots – including some albums in crates and unsorted stamps – achieving four figures, it because evident that serious collectors were out in force. MD and Head Auctioneer, Ben Gamble, says:

“We are honoured to have been entrusted with the sale of The Dunston Collection. We knew that it contained some significant examples – our stamp expert Geoff Milsom was truly in his element while cataloguing – but the response has been phenomenal. We attracted the attention of the serious collecting community. Most lots told to UK collectors but on US collector also bought a significant number, and many examples shattered their estimates.”

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