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The Malaya Study Group exists for collectors of the stamps, postal stationery and postal history of the states of Peninsular Malaysia which until 1963 formed the Federation of Malaya, including the Straits Settlements of Malacca, Penang and Singapore, the Federated Malay States, Negri Sembilan and Sungei Ujong, Pahang, Perak and Selangor and the Unfederated States, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Trengganu. Many MSG members also collect & study all of modern Malaysia, Singapore, and the island of Borneo, comprising additionally  Sabah, Sarawak, Borneo, Labuan, and the states of Brunei & the peninsular state of Singapore. Study of the whole area so often adds to understanding and appreciation of the philately of Malaya. The Society has a JOURNAL, "The Malayan Philatelist" and a NEWSLETTER supplied free to members, EXCHANGE PACKETS, AUCTIONS and has produced a number of significant PUBLICATIONS on the stamps and postal history of the area.

The Malcolm Wade "Perak" Auction July 17th 2010


Report by Dominic Morris & Susan McEwen & pictures by Susan McEwen


1 of the 4 tables of lots laid out for viewing before the members arrived


Malcolm Wade and Roger Barry, ( Vendor and Auction Manager )


Roger Barry and Peter Cockburn in action during the auction. Note the TMP CDs and 'Malaysia' Vol 2 on the table in front of them.

The auction was a great success with over 92% sold ( 258 of 280 ) , and some fierce bidding (for one item we had postal bidders plus four in the room going for it simultaneously). Only 20 in the room but a strong and keen postal bidding contingent, attracted by the quality of the material and the excellent catalogue.

A couple of lots went for 10 times their reserve, and twice reserve seemed a common occurrence. Bids went roughly 50/50 to those in the room and postal bidders. The room bidders worked hard, sometimes successfully, but were against some determined postal bidding especially from Malaysia and Singapore.

Top priced item went to opening postal bidder for £680 (a lovely Pangkor registered cover). Scarcer postmarks sold very well with several items going in the mid-hundreds of pounds.

Malcolm evidently pleased by the result (the beaming grin from ear to ear was a bit of a giveaway). I won't say which item it was but Malcolm said 'I got that in a job lot of covers for a fiver the lot': it went for about a hundred times what Malcolm paid. Most people came away with something and Malcolm knows that his collection, though now dispersed, has gone to good homes and will give many Study Group members great pleasure in the years ahead.

At the end of the auction, Malcolm Wade thanked the auction team and said he hoped the new owners of this Perak collection will have as much fun with it as he has had.



The Auction Catalogue, Illustrations & Pdf



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