The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) has revised its policy for sales of duplicates following controversy surrounding last July’s Sotheby’s auction.
The sale, which had hoped to raise £5m to
help pay for a new building to house the BPMA collection, raised
only a fraction of that sum.
Postal historian and collector Gavin
Littaur, who publicly criticised the handling of the auction on
behalf of the trade, has welcomed the change of heart announced on
the BPMA website.
It states that it has "amended its sales
policy for duplicate materials, so that:
1. Any material sold from now on will bear a
hand-stamp on the reverse;
2. Residue unsold material will no longer be
laminated or destroyed; and
3. Material with significant inscriptions on
the reverse will no longer be sold."
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