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Gary Diffen to sell his Australian Colonies at Spink

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I see that Spink in the UK is auctioning the Australian Colonies errors collection of Melbourne based collector Gary Diffen in May.

Not my area of expertise but it could be a good sale. Interesting to note that it has not been consigned to a local auction house.

Spink is auctioning the “Dubois” collection this month. Anyone who know who “Dubois” is? Some excellent material is included.

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Printed catalogue for the NSW, Queensland and South Australia section arrived yesterday with the auction going ahead behind closed doors.

Profusely illustrated with many scarce, rare and unique pieces. Will be a very interesting sale.

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pdf of the catalogue can be downloaded here:

https://www.spink.com/auction/20030
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towradji wrote: Spink is auctioning the “Dubois” collection this month. Anyone who know who “Dubois” is? Some excellent material is included.
https://www.whoi.edu/news-insights/content/going-postal-davi ... postmarks/

David DuBois is senior distribution assistant in the Facilities department at WHOI.(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) He began his WHOI career in the summer of 1981 while living in a campground in nearby Sippewissett, and has since worked in various departments, from Biology to Geology & Geophysics and Computer & Information Services. He has served as a shipboard scientific services technician on the R/V Atlantis, seeing many launches and recoveries of the Alvin submersible. An avid stamp collector, David has been involved with three Pictorial Postmarks for WHOI over the years.

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I picked to wrong Du Bois :oops:
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I thought "Dubois" material was from the estate of Hugh Wood. If I am mistaken, someone please correct me.

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I agree, subsequent to the post an eminent member of the trade advised me it was Hugh Woods collection.

I thought the Norfolk Island results were a bargain for the astute buyer.

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Ransom musing.

Do collectors marketing their collection under some sort of assumed name expect to have their identity kept anonymous?
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They are total fools if they do. Hugh Wood is a bidder magnet name.

Bigger fools to give anything philatelic to Spink.

That appalling to use website, totally confused and misleading and contradictory terms of sale and commissions and VAT payable on it all, and crappy scans, says it all. 2 trained chimps would do a better job of it IMHO.

If Spink were the last Stamp Auction on this planet I'd not consign or bid. Clueless and lazy.

As Arthur Gray's Estate found to their financial pain, as two ELITE Auction outfits here, and in the USA, handled the earlier Gray material to get amazing world RECORD prices, and global publicity. Spink in contrast, gave the later material away, as they kept the sales as an MI5 level State Secret, to the cucumber sandwiches and Campari set. :roll: :roll:

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The Pom wrote:Ransom musing.

Do collectors marketing their collection under some sort of assumed name expect to have their identity kept anonymous?
Certainly they do.

A prime example, I am still waiting to hear who "Besançon" was, especially after spending a king's ransom in the sales. I had heard that the individual was somehat connected with the city of Besançon in eastern France in addition to have been a major client of one of the bespoke London dealers, but that is as much as I know.

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Global Administrator wrote:They are total fools if they do. Hugh Wood is a bidder magnet name.

Bigger fools to give anything philatelic to Spink.

That appalling to use website, totally confused and misleading and contradictory terms of sale and commissions and VAT payable on it all, and crappy scans, says it all. 2 trained chimps would do a better job of it IMHO.

If Spink were the last Stamp Auction on this planet I'd not consign or bid. Clueless and lazy.

As Arthur Gray's Estate found to their financial pain, as two ELITE Auction outfits here, and in the USA, handled the earlier Gray material to get amazing world RECORD prices, and global publicity. Spink in contrast, gave the later material away, as they kept the sales as an MI5 level State Secret, to the cucumber sandwiches and Campari set. :roll: :roll:
We now meanwhile that you are not a fried of Spink and will never be a friend of them.
This was the subject of several discussions here. If the prices realised were low this means the market for Australian Material of this calibre is not the best and maybe the seller was not very happy but at least the buyers were...
Again, and this was told you by several members here, if the prices realised were low, why you did not bid and purchased the material and made a fortune with reselling it?
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Auction in progress now, New South Wales selling in the main but some higher ticket items remaining unsold.

Underbidder on a few items but nothing bought yet.

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22028 wrote: Again, and this was told you by several members here, if the prices realised were low, why you did not bid, and purchase the material and made a fortune with reselling it?
I am very successful after 40+ years of stamp dealing, and do not NEED to deal with lazy sods if I choose not to.

Spink are lazy sods in MY view, from all past observations, and I refuse to give them a 20% Buyer Fee reward, and then dealing with their brain numbing bureaucracy, and clunky website, with their totally contradictory and impossible to determine Taxes, and VAT and charges, for being lazy sods.

I do not **NEED** anything. I buy where I choose to, and buy plenty enough thanks very much, and make a VERY nice living, without the word SPINK being in the mix. :idea:

They can fund all the cucumber sandwiches, and Pimms and Campari in the staff room etc, from you other schmucks. :lol: :lol: :lol:

They spent near nothing publicising this sale HERE, the obvious market to promote it in, (to all except Spink!) to the general collecting market or magazines etc, indeed most would not have be aware the sale occurred, so that funds plenty of platters cucumber sandwiches for the Hooray Henrys. :roll: :roll:

More and more savvy collectors sell direct these days, dodging the 40% Buyer AND Seller and credit card fees these lazy sods remove from the value of YOUR stamps, and get their money same day, and not 6 or 12 months later.

You buy as much as you want there of course. I do not reward incompetence and mediocrity in life in ANY field - you can choose to do just that - it is a free world.

You too can choose to eat at terrible restaurants and drive shoddy cars etc - YOUR choice. I do not have to agree with mimicking those poor choices. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Lot 253, the missing surcharge on the 4d blue used has just been knocked down at a hammer price of £40,000, making the invoice total somewhere north of £50,000.

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Yes, the South Australia is very strong.

NSW and Queensland went reasonably.

The online auction coverage, descriptions and Spink Live bidding seems to be working well.

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And I am lucky to have purchased a couple of items so far

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Well done.

A few of the Spink Live bidders have spent serious money.

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Interesting results overall, the catalogue values in SG will be revised very much upwards as a result of this sale especially in the South Australia officials section.

Purchased two lots, pleased to acquire some nice pieces.

For any interested parties there are a number of unsolds some of which must represent good value if a deal can be done.

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As an aside to this, does anybody know if there are there any plans to publish the vast amount of research which went into the building of this collection and database?

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You're supposed to write and sell the book before you sell the collection, to make it even more attractive.
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norvic wrote:You're supposed to write and sell the book before you sell the collection, to make it even more attractive.
Bingo!

Rodney Perry, bless his savvy soul, did just that. Hardcover, with dust sleeve. Was his collection near entirely, so when he sold it for millions, all the describing was already done!

I still sell a half dozen copies each year. Decades on, as it is the BIBLE for the state. :)
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