Grosvenor Auctions


2015-06-26 11:01:20


Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions Ltd. is a British auctioneers, specialising in the sale of postage stamps.

It was founded in 1997 by James Grist, Nick Mansell and Andrew Claridge.

The company is based in London.

Expertise and services

Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions specialises in auctioning stamps for clients drawn from across the world.

The company accurately catalogues and presents items for sale in order to realise the best return for a seller and the fair deal for the buyer and also provides valuations for customers.

Key staff

Grosvenor has a staff of twelve (including three consultants) who have lengthy experience and in-depth knowledge of the stamp collecting market.

James Grist

Grist has been a professional auctioneer since 1984, specialising in British Commonwealth stamps and particularly noted for expertise in the Falkland Islands. He previously worked for Warwick and Warwick, Harmers and Phillips.

After creating a philatelic department for coin and medal auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb he co-founded Grosvenor in 1997. He has prepared for auction unique collections including the ‘Beaver Creek’ Dominica, Earl Spencer Falkland Islands and 'Apollonia' Bermuda. He is a member of the Royal Philatelic Society.

Nick Mansell

Mansell has been a professional philatelist for over 30 years, dealing in stamps since his teenage years.

He has handled a wide range of notable collections, including one of the largest accumulations of German zusammendrucke in existence.

Mansell also has a personal collection, with a particular interest in classic British Commonwealth stamps.

Glyn Page

Page has worked alongside many renowned names in the stamp world, including the late Bill Keller.

From 1986 until 2010, Page was a senior describer for Phillips (later Bonhams) where he was regularly the specialist in charge of the four main philatelic disciplines: Great Britain, British Commonwealth, Foreign Countries and Postal History.

Page has been involved in many prestigious auctions including the Mathias collection, Barclays Gibraltar, R.C. Alcock stock, G.O.I. Hollins Belgium and the celebrated series of sales of the collection of the Baron Alphonse Rothschild.

Auction Catalogues

None currently listed

Notable sales

In October 2010, the sale of the ‘Victory’ Collection of Malta saw several notable sales, including an 1803 letter from Lord Nelson to Major General Villettes selling for £21,645.

In December 2010, the company’s 'All World Auction' realised a total of £871,517 – more than 20% above the pre-sale estimate.

The sale included a Falkland Islands 1964 6d. H.M.S. Glasgow error, which sold for £23,995, and a British Bechuanaland 1888 1/2d. on 3d. broken ‘f’ variety in mint block of four, which realised £13,797.

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