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Results of Sotheby's Stamp sale Lady Mairi Bury

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For those interested, here is a link to Sotheby's to see the results of a recent auction for a collection of stamps by Lady Mairi Bury.

http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/lot/LotResultsDetailList.js ... lot_name=Y

There are 2,188 lots divided into 19 pages. A bit too many to import to here I suspect unless the moderators can do it.

Lots of knowledge in it though for collectors of Penny Blacks, Browns and Blues.

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selvedge wrote:
A bit too many to import to here I suspect unless the moderators can do it.
No more time than any other member. Like you. :idea:

So this thread as it stands means zero, with no items mentioned or highlighted nor any prices.
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admin wrote:So this thread as it stands means zero, with no items mentioned or highlighted nor any prices.
... unless you're smart enough to click the link.
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Europhil - here's a neat idea ..... start up a new board where you only post 1,000s of links to external sites. selvedge might be happy to assist you?

It will fold in a month, as zero original content = zero posts, but you will both have great fun doing it I am sure. :shock:

In the meantime, our hillbilly but time proven system here (why is WHY we are successful) is to ensure that each new thread has some factual DATA in it - and photos in post 1. :idea:

And in 5 years it will STILL be here as a permanent stamp archive - many of the sites linked to will be long gone - even in 1 year.

There are zero posts so far about this superb collection due to laziness by the thread starter - and that is not how to create discussion.
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There is a pre-auction report in Stamps in the News October 2010 thread
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=22957

Sotherbys appear to archive their auction results and they can be searched back to 1995 so I'm guessing the link will be active for a while. As the auction went over three days there is a huge amount of data in the auction results.

For the Readers Digest version of events: 8)

Here's an extract from the BBC report today:

Lady Bury's stamp collection fetches £3m at Sotheby's

A unique stamp collection which belonged to a County Down aristocrat has sold for more than £3m at auction.

A total of £3,045,924 was raised as Lady Mairi Bury's unique 19th century postage stamps went under the hammer at Sotheby's in London. The final figure significantly exceeded pre-sale expectations of £2.6m.

Lady Bury's collection of King Edward VII stamps was the top selling lot at the auction. It fetched £66,000, more than three times its guide price.

An unused 2p blue issued in 1840 was the surprise success of the sale. It soared above its £8,000 guide price and eventually fetched £43,500.


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The auction closed at 1730 GMT on Friday after three days and 2,185 lots.

Lady Bury is recognised as the world's greatest ever female philatelist and her collection is regarded as one of the finest to be auctioned in the last 25 years.

It includes examples of every variety of the Penny Black ever produced.

One such stamp, which was prepared for official use in 1840 but never used, sold for £36,000 on Thursday.


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Another from International Business Times today:

By IBTimes Staff Reporter | November 28, 2010 5:23 AM EST

Sotheby's three-day auction of 'The Great Britain Philatelic Collections of Lady Mairi Bury' concluded on Friday bringing a staggering 3 million pounds (4.8 million dollars) exceeding pre-sale expectations of 2.6 million pounds.

The top lot of the sale was 'The Balance of Lady Mairi's collection of King Edward VII' stamps, mounted on 91 pages to the highest exhibition standard and housed in two exhibition boxes.

"Lady Mairi formed one of the finest Great British postage stamp collections to appear on the market in the last quarter of a century, both rare in content and in impeccable condition, with superlative examples of the penny black and two-pence blue among an extraordinary array of items of philatelic interest.

Apart from the King Edward VII stamps, other top lots of the auction included an unused 1840 Two Pence Blue, Plate 1, sold for 43,200 pounds and a complete sheet of blue stamps sold for 30,000 pounds
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Another lot which received a very high price (36,000 pounds) was the 'Penny Black'. It was an Imprimatur from the 'Second Registration Sheet', known as the 'VR' Official Penny Black. The stamp was prepared for official use in April 1840 but remained unissued.
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Global Administrator wrote:Europhil - here's a neat idea ..... start up a new board where you only post 1,000s of links to external sites. selvedge might be happy to assist you?

It will fold in a month, as zero original content = zero posts, but you will both have great fun doing it I am sure. :shock:

In the meantime, our hillbilly but time proven system here (why is WHY we are successful) is to ensure that each new thread has some factual DATA in it - and photos in post 1. :idea:

And in 5 years it will STILL be here as a permanent stamp archive - many of the sites linked to will be long gone - even in 1 year.

There are zero posts so far about this superb collection due to laziness by the thread starter - and that is not how to create discussion.
That's a little unfair Glen. I will happily put the pics in but to be honest how many people will actually want to look at every lot?

Further more by giving the link here people can get access to read the provenance of each stamp and also zoom in to each photo rather than look at the default size from Photobucket and get no details of the provenance.

However if you like I will start loading them up tonight. I have actually downloaded the pages to my Pics file and they take up a total of 5.9 Meg of space.
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Selvedge .. thanks .. selected interesting highlights as Margo has done is the way to go. :mrgreen:
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On another forum someone has traced the provenance of some
of the sale items to old dealer ads and price lists, and found that
many of them sold at less than the original purchase price. Also,
in many cases the writeups on the album pages were taken verbatim
from the dealer sales cards. It then follows that Sotheby's took
their descriptions from the album pages. Perhaps this explains
why so many of the lots were incorrectly described.

It would seem that Lady MB had a lot of money, but not a lot of
philatelic knowledge.
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