Spink's Summer Collector's Series sale is still concluding, but it's already clear what some of the more impressive results are.
One remarkable result reflects the growing interest in Indian philately from the country, and therefore everywhere else. This is a block of 16 (horizontal 8 x 2) 1854 1/2 annas stamps, specifically blue Die I.
The block has good to large margins nearly all round, all cancelled "B/172" (light in places) and affixed on part of an envelope (year date unknown) to Holland.
They've actually been sent from Singapore and the sender's cachet shows on the reverse behind the two strips and there's a trace of part of a Singapore circular date stamp and an arrival circular date stamp on the small part of the reverse still present.
The two strips affixed inverted and largely on the reverse of the cover with two stamps having a vertical crease through having been affixed around the edge and on to the face of the cover. It is an exceptionally rare franking from this office.
The stamps have been affixed upside-down and mostly on the back of the cover, with two stamps having a vertical crease through having been affixed around the edge and on to the face of the cover.
An extremely rare franking from this office, it breezed past its £2,000-2,500 estimate to bring £12,000 ($19,000). Watch this space for more news of the sale.