First-class charity stamp sale raises thousands for hospice

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The sale of a rare collection of stamps at a Beverley auction has raised over £7,500 for a local hospice.

The collection, donated by an anonymous woman, smashed its estimate of £4-6,000 at the auction at Beverley Racecourse on Sunday.

The woman said the stamps were her father’s collection and she wanted the money from the sale to go to Martin House Hospice in Boston Spa.

Hawley’s auctioneers in Beverley were happy to include the collection in the sale and waved their commission on the items.

John Hawley, from Hawley’s Auctioneers, said: “We were hoping to get somewhere between £4-6000, so when 
the collection eventually sold for £7,575 we were very pleased.

“There were three people in the room bidding and one absent bidder, and it was the absent bidder who bought the three most expensive lots.

“This is was far more then I’ve ever sold a collection of stamps for before, as a rule stamps only really sell for a lot if the person who put the collection together originally, spent good money on it to begin with.”

A rare five shilling Jamaican stamp, which was originally expected to raise up to £2,000 by itself, failed to reach such heights after it turned out not to be the most desirable colour to collectors.

Nevertheless, the book containing that particular stamp sold for £1,550.

Alison Wragg, Martin House Community Fundraiser for North Yorkshire, said; “Martin House is delighted to have been chosen as the local charity to benefit from the sale of the stamp collection.

“What a marvellous and generous gift from the owner. We were so pleased to hear that the stamps sold for such a fantastic amount.

“As the local children’s hospice for the Beverly area we rely on donations and the support of the local community and this is a fantastic boost to our fundraising. Thanks so much to everyone involved.”

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