PPHSGB Auctions

Auctions from the Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain on eBay offer Postal History and philately from the Arctic and Antarctic from many polar collecting areas featured. Items are submitted by members of the society but all collectors can bid. The PPHSGB receives 10% of the net proceeds!

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June PPHSGB Auction Results   6th June 2021

The recent auction featuring South Georgia and South Georgia related material finished on Sunday 6th June.

South Georgia proved to be a popular subject matter with one item attracting 23 bids. The two whaling covers reached £160 and £170 and a French postcard featuring Sir Ernest Shackleton made £156. A Shackleton Typhoo Tea advertising card sold for £32. The total sales achieved in the auction was £666 with 10% proceeds going to the Polar Postal History Society.

What this auction reinforced is that if you put more unusual or rarer material into the PPHSGB auctions then the prices achieved are spectacular! If any members have suitable material that they would like to offer in a future auction then please contact the webmaster.

June PPHSGB Auction   27th May 2021

After the success of the recent auction of items from the British Antarctic Territory we go straight into a new auction featuring South Georgia and South Georgia related material. We start the new Polar Postal History Society auction on Thursday 27th May at  20.00 - 21.00 UK time and finish on Sunday 6th June.

This auction presents covers from the whaling period of South Georgia as well as some interesting Sir Ernest Shackleton items.

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May PPHSGB Auction Results   24th May 2021

The latest Polar Postal History Society featuring material from the British Antarctic Territory finished on Sunday 23rd May. All 29 items in the auction sold and the auction raised £260.

The two top items were a cover from 1963 featuring the Definitive issue on a First Day Cover that made £60 and a cover with letter and photographs from Signty Base in 1965 that reached £47.

A new auction is planned for later in the week featuring South Georgia items. Watch this space for more information!

December PPHSGB Auction Cancelled   9th December 2020

Observant members might have noticed that the auction listings on eBay suddenly disappeared during the day.

The reason for this is without warning eBay blocked the Polar Postal History Account and sent a message that due to the impending exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union all eBay accounts registered outside the UK need to be registered for VAT in order to continue.
This is despite the fact that no items are imported into the UK and none have VAT on them!

As a result the current auction of British Antarctic Survey covers has been cancelled. We apologise for this inconvenience.

Further details will be sent out when available.  

December PPHSGB Auction   3rd December 2020

After the two previous auctions of Antarctic and Arctic Postcards we switch to covers from the British Antarctic Territory for the December auction. We start the new Polar Postal History Society auction on Thursday 3rd December at 19.00 - 20.00 UK time and finish on Sunday 13th December.

This auction presents interesting covers from several members both in single lots and in groups and at various price points for all pockets.


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October PPHSGB Auction Results   12th November 2020

The latest Polar Postal History Society featuring Postcards of Antarctic Expeditions finished on Sunday 10th November. The auction proved popular with members:
22 items listed, 21 items sold, 128 bids
Winning bidders 14, of which 11 were members and 3 were non-members
Total sales = £779 (Arctic auction was £694!)
Contribution to PPHSGB funds was £60
 
The auction received very good prices across the board with a Canterbury Times card of Emperor Penguins achieving £86.75 and a cartoon card showing the South Pole reaching £84. Ernest Shackleton was in demand with two cards making £62 and £53 and all the Captain Scott cards sold. This auction exceeded last month’s auction by £84 even though there were 8 fewer cards listed. A win for the Antarctic!

October PPHSGB Auction   29th October 2020

After the success of the previous auction of Arctic Postcards we now head South to the Antarctic. We start the new Polar Postal History Society auction on Thursday 29th October at 19.00 UK time with an auction featuring Postcards of Antarctic Expeditions.

This auction presents postcards from the classic era of Antarctic exploration and includes cards commemorating the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897-99, the Scottish National Antarctic expedition of 1902-04, Captain Scott's expeditions with the Terra Nova and Discovery as well as cards featuring Ernest Shackleton and Richard Byrd.

  The auction will finish on Sunday 8th November between 19.00 and 20.00 UK time.

All postcards at a starting price of £10

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September PPHSGB Auction Results   10th October 2020

The latest Polar Postal History Society featuring Postcards of Arctic Expeditions finished on Sunday 4th October. There was a lot of interest with this auction with 122 bids received. Keeping up his record of finishing first, the card with the highest price featured Roald Amundsen and a real photo image of the ship Gjøa from the North West Passage expedition. This postcard fetched £206. The majority of cards achieved good totals which can be seen below.

North West Passage Gjøa Ship Arctic Expedition Sold for £206

An auction on Postcards of Antarctic Postcards is planned for later this month. It will be interesting to see if the Antarctic auction beats the Arctic auction total!

June PPHSGB Auction Results   29th June 2020

The final society auction before the Summer started on the 18th June and finished on 28th June. This small auction featured polar philatelic books to provide summer reading for our members. Ten out of eleven items sold with the Postal History of Svalbard from 1896 book producing fierce bidding and a final price of £67 and Fred Goldberg's book on Roald Amundsen Expedition Mail selling for £33. All final auction selling prices can be seen below.

Thank you to all the bidders for taking part!

The next PPHSGB auction will take place in September. If any members have items that they wish to submit for this or later auctions, the society would be pleased to hear from you.

Contact the webmaster here!

May PPHSGB Auction Results   4th June 2020

The online PPHSGB auction for May on eBay finished on Sunday 31st May. The auction featured postcards, covers and ephemera from Antarctica. Antarctic postcards performed very well with a card from the Captain Scott Terra Nova expedition selling for £87, a Keens Mustard Farthest South card selling for £133.75, a Roald Amundsen Fram card selling for £106 and a card from the Shackleton-Rowett expedition selling for £139.87. The rare incoming postcard to a member of the Swedish Magellan Expedition of 1908 expedition sold for £87.

Thank you to all the bidders for taking part!

The final society auction before the Summer will start on the 18th June and will feature something different - polar philatelic books to provide summer reading for our members!

April PPHSGB Online Auction   6th May 2020

The latest online PPHSGB auction finished on Sunday 3rd May. The theme of this small auction was Whaling - from both the North and South polar regions. Highlights of the auction included real photo postcards from Leith Harbour and Stromness in South Georgia that sold for £81.09 and £116 respectively. Two covers sent to the whaling pioneer Svend Foyn in 1863 reached £113 and £330 while a cover sent to a Dundee whaling ship in 1871 sold for £107.

Thanks to all the bidders for making this such a successful auction!

The next auction will have an Antarctic theme and is planned to start on May 21st.

Click on the eBay image above or here to go direct to the auction to see the next auction when live.

March PPHSGB Online Auction   6th April 2020

The latest online PPHSGB auction focused on postcards from the Arctic Island of Spitsbergen and finished on the 5th April. One highlight of this auction was a postcard sent from the Captain Bade tourist expedition to Spitzbergen and Franz Josef Land in 1900 - this achieved £84. Other highlights of the sale included three cards showing early mining that reached £68, £52 and £63.10 and a real photo card showing the Norwegian explorer Hjalmar Johansen during an overwintering expedition to Spitsbergen in 1908 - this achieved the excellent price of £171.

Thanks to all the bidders!

The next PPHSGB auction will take place towards the end of April and will focus on Whaling. More details to follow.

January PPHSGB Online Auction 4th February

The first online PPHSGB auction of the year finished on Sunday 2nd February with polar material being targeted at Antarctic collectors. The main interest was in a signed postcard by a member of the Roald Amundsen 1910-1912 Fram expedition which sold for £172. Covers from the Norwegian British Swedish expedition of 1949-1952 sold for £46 and £13 while several Antarctic postcards achieved good results .
Bidders can see the results of all items below.
  • Sold for £172
    Amundsen Fram Expedition Member Jørgen Stubberud Sold for £172
  • Sold for £46
    Norwegian British Swedish Antarctic Expedition Sold for £46
  • Sold for £46
    Norwegian British Swedish Antarctic Expedition Sold for £46
  • Sold for £13
    Norwegian British Swedish Antarctic Expedition Sold for £13
  • Sold for £5.50
    British Antarctic Territory Argentine Islands Base Sold for £5.50
  • British Antarctic Territory Argentine Islands Base
  • British Antarctic Territory FDC Silver Jubilee
  • British Antarctic Territory HMS Endurance cover
  • British Antarctic Territory RSS John Biscoe
  • Sold for £5.50
    British Antarctic Territory Cover Faraday Basile Sold for £5.50
  • Sold for £5.50
    British Antarctic Territory Cover Faraday MV Socie Sold for £5.50
  • Sold for £5
    British Antarctic Territory Cover MV Illiria Sold for £5
  • Sold for £8.50
    British Antarctic Territory Faraday Netherlands Sold for £8.50
  • Sold for £6.50
    British Antarctic Territory Cover Faraday Frontier Sold for £6.50
  • Sold for £5
    British Antarctic Territory Cover Faraday 1993 Sold for £5
  • Sold for £5
    British Antarctic Territory Cover Faraday 1993 Sold for £5
  • Sold for £5
    British Antarctic Territory Cover Faraday 1993 Sold for £5
  • US Navy Operation Deep Freeze Beardmore Station II
  • US Naval Antarctic Support Amundsen South Pole
  • US Naval Antarctic Support Amundsen South Pole
  • Sold for £26
    Amundsen Antarctic Expedition 1910-1912 Framheim Sold for £26
  • Sold for £27
    Amundsen Antarctic Expedition 1910-1912 On Route Sold for £27
  • Sold for £27
    Antarctic Expedition 1910-1912 Leaving the Ice Sold for £27
  • Sold for £27
    Antarctic Expedition 1910-1912 Leaving the Ic Sold for £27
  • Sold for £24
    Amundsen Antarctic Expedition 1910-1912 Flag Sold for £24
  • Sold for £24
    Amundsen Antarctic Expedition Flag Sold for £24
  • Sold for £27
    Amundsen Antarctic Expedition 1910-1912 On Route Sold for £27
  • Sold for £3
    Amundsen Fram Expedition South Pole Expedition Ski Sold for £3

November PPHSGB Online Auction   December 1st 2019

The final online PPHSGB auction of the year finished on December 1st. Due to the time of the year every item in this auction related to The North Pole in celebration of that great polar collector, Father Christmas. Of the 20 items in the auction, 19 sold with the final sales total reaching £591. The rare registered cover sent from Roald Amundsen's Maud Expedition sold for £190, a postcard showing the Fram arriving back in Norway on the Second Fram Expedition in 1902 went for £51, a damaged but historically interesting cover from the Ziegler Polar expedition of 1903 reached £32.25 and a postcard showing the depot of the Andree Balloon expedition sold for £46.

All final prices can be seen below!

  • Sold for £190
    Roald Amundsen Maud North Pole Expedition 1922 Sold for £190
  • Sold for £190
    Roald Amundsen Maud North Pole Expedition 1922 Sold for £190
  • Sold for £190
    Roald Amundsen Maud North Pole Expedition 1922 Sold for £190
  • Sold for £20
    Peary North Pole Discovery Expedition 1908-1909 Sold for £20
  • Sold for £32.25
    Ziegler Expedition Franz Josef Land 1903 Sold for £32.25
  • Sold for £10
    Baldwin-Ziegler Polar Franz Josef Land 1901 Sold for £10
  • Sold for £16
    Roald Amundsen Norge Airship North Pole 1926 Sold for £16
  • Sold for £46
    Andree Balloon Arctic North Pole Expedition 1897 Sold for £46
  • Sold for £31
    Roald Amundsen N24 N25 North Pole Expedition Sold for £31
  • Sold for £10
    Otto Sverdrup Fram Polar Expedition Greenland 1898 Sold for £10
  • Sold for £12.50
    Otto Sverdrup Fram Polar Arctic Expedition Canada Sold for £12.50
  • Sold for £51
    Otto Sverdrup Fram Polar Arctic Expedition Canada Sold for £51
  • Sold for £10
    Otto Sverdrup Second Fram Polar Arctic Expedition Sold for £10
  • Sold for £22
    Wellman Arctic North Pole Airship Motor 1907 Sold for £22
  • Sold for £22.88
    Walter Wellman Leaving Tourist Ship Svalbard 1907 Sold for £22.88
  • Sold for £38
    Wellman Arctic North Pole Expedition Svalbard 1907 Sold for £38
  • Sold for £28
    Fridtjof Nansen Fram Polar North Pole Arctic 1894 Sold for £28
  • Sold for £10
    Hubert Wilkins Nautilus Submarine Expedition 1931 Sold for £10
  • Sold for £10
    Hubert Wilkins Nautilus Submarine Expedition 1931 Sold for £10
  • Sold for £10
    Finn Malmgren Explorer Nobile Expedition 1928 Sold for £10
  • Sold for £10
    Finn Malmgren Explorer Nobile Expedition 1928 Sold for £10
  • Unsold
    Richard Byrd Seventh Anniversary Spitsbergen 1933 Unsold
  • Sold for £27.66
    Jens Engebreth Amundsen Shipowner Father to Roald Sold for £27.66
  • Sold for £32.25
    Jens Engebreth Amundsen Shipowner Father to Roald Sold for £32.25
  • Sold for £32.25
    Jens Engebreth Amundsen Shipowner Father to Roald Sold for £32.25
  • Sold for £32.25
    Jens Engebreth Amundsen Shipowner Father to Roald Sold for £32.25
  • Sold for £32.25
    Jens Engebreth Amundsen Shipowner Father to Roald Sold for £32.25

October PPHSGB Online Auction Finishes October 27th

The second online auction of the society finished on October 27th. The stationery from Scott's Discovery expedition sold for £260, a signed postcard from Fridtjof Nansen sold for £155 and several better Falkland Islands and British Antarctic Expedition covers found new homes! There were seventy six bids and eight winning bidders. The total value of the auction was £507.

Members of the society are invited to submit polar material for selling in future PPHSGB auctions. Please read more on the Members Section here!

Remember that the Polar Postal History Society receives 10% of the proceeds.

  • Sold for £8.76
    Falkland Dependency cover South Orkney set 1946 Sold for £8.76
  • Sold for £5
    Falkland Dependency cover ships 1963 Otter Flight Sold for £5
  • Sold for £5
    British Antarctic Territory 1965 RRS SHACKLETON Sold for £5
  • BAT 1970 ADELAIDE ISLAND SIGNED cover
  • Falkland Islands 1973 LINDBLAD EXPLORER
  • Sold for £5
    SHACKLETON HMS ENDURANCE ship SOUTH GEORGIA 1984 Sold for £5
  • Sold for £5
    Falkland Dependency SOUTH GEORGIA 1984 Sold for £5
  • Sold for £5
    Falkland Dependency SOUTH GEORGIA 1984 Sold for £5
  • Sold for £155
    Fridtjof Nansen Signed Postcard 1907 Sold for £155
  • Sold for £155
    Fridtjof Nansen Signed Postcard 1907 Sold for £155
  • Sold for £155
    Fridtjof Nansen Signed Postcard 1907 Sold for £155
  • Sold for £40
    Fridtjof Nansen Crossing Greenland Postcard Sold for £40
  • Sold for £40
    Fridtjof Nansen Crossing Greenland Postcard Sold for £40
  • Sold for £260
    Captain Scott Discovery Antarctic Expedition 1901 Sold for £260
  • Sold for £260
    Captain Scott Discovery Antarctic Expedition 1901 Sold for £260
  • Sold for £260
    Captain Scott Discovery Antarctic Expedition 1901 Sold for £260
  • Sold for £260
    Captain Scott Discovery Antarctic Expedition 1901 Sold for £260

First PPHSGB Online Auction  22nd September 2019

The first online auction finished on 22nd September and the results showed strong demand for polar postal material. Of the ten items listed all sold. There were one hundred and four bids and eight winning bidders. The total value of the auction was £1149. Auction items and final prices can be seen on the images below.

Due to the popularity of this initial auction a new auction is planned for next month, provisionally starting on 17th October. 

  • Sold for £410
    British Antarctic Expedition Postmaster Terra Nova Sold for £410
  • Sold for £410
    British Antarctic Expedition Postmaster Terra Nova Sold for £410
  • Sold for £196
    Swedish Antarctic Nordenskjöld Expedition Rescue Sold for £196
  • Sold for £196
    Swedish Antarctic Nordenskjöld Expedition Rescue Sold for £196
  • Sold for £123
    Richard Byrd Arctic Expeditions 1925 and 1926 Sold for £123