Apex Philatelic Auctions will be holding their Centenary auction on the 14th May 2010, to coincide with the year’s International Stamp Exhibition taking place in London - the world’s philatelic capital. The auction will feature around 500 lots of high quality world stamps with emphasis on British and Colonial. The International Stamp Exhibition will open on the 6th May, the anniversary date of the famous Penny Black stamp (first issued on 6th May 1840). The exhibition is only held once every ten years and this year is part of a year long celebration of stamps, stamp design and postal heritage organised by The British Postal Museum and Archive.
Established by stamp dealers Rick Warren and Tim Francis in 1994, Apex became the most recent acquisition for expanding collectables investment firm, Noble Investments (UK) Plc in early 2008. Ian Goldbart, Managing Director of Noble Investments (UK), spoke of the announcement of the first ever London auction ‘It is a first in many ways for Apex as it is not only their first London public auction but also the first that will be live online allowing customers the ability to watch and bid online during the auction.’ Apex’s sale, the inaugural Apex sale is to be held in London on 14th May 2010 at the Hilton London Islington Hotel, located next to the Business Design Centre.
A “Prestige” sale of rare and valuable single stamps and original collections is planned. Among the several 100 lots already in the sale is a First Day Cover of the iconic 1d black itself (May 6th 1840), a first Day Cover of the £1 black PUC stamp of 1929 (probably the most beautiful GB stamp ever produced), rare Indian Service Officials, Cayman Islands and Leeward Islands Victorian double overprints (both with certificates) together with many more desirable single stamps, some probably unique, and very valuable original collections.
Many fine all world, Commonwealth and GB collections are highlights of the auction and include a superb collection of used 19th century classics in a beautiful 1890 Maury album. Also of note a strong section of 1840 Mulready envelopes, 1862 1/- green unissued plate 3 mint Imprimatur, 1888 mint £1 'Orbs', 1887 £1 green used with inverted watermark and 1902 Ed V11 'Jubilee' 2 1/2d 'Paste up' Essay (one of only 3 known). A few Commonwealth highlights include British Levant 1887 4pi surcharge on GB QV 5d purple and blue with inverted watermark is believed to be the only mint example known, Cayman Islands 1907 1/2d on 5/- mint with Double Surcharge, Gibraltar 1889 10c carmine mint with 'Value Omitted' and Leeward Islands 1897 5/- with 'Double Overprint'.
Such an assembly of desirable items will attract the thousands of international buyers who are expected to attend the show.
Consignments are being accepted for this sale until the 15th March 2010 (unless fully subscribed beforehand).
For more information about their 100th sale please contact Tim Francis at email@example.com or on +44(0) 1342 833413.