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Auction UPA80 - bidding has now closed

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If you bid in auction UPA80 and you have not received your results, please contact us

available from 6pm, 15th January until 10am, 15th February

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(*Introductory Offer valid for NEW Collector clients subject to status, restricted to one per household)




UPA80 - Auction Timetable

  • 4th December 2020 - catalogue available
  • 12th January 2021 (5pm) - Bidding Closes
  • 13th January 2021 (5pm) - Live Bidding. Lots estimated at £1,000 GBP+ will be available for LIVE BIDDING via; to participate in the LIVE bidding please register at by 2pm on 13th January 2021. Please note, we will try our best, but we cannot guarantee, to approve registration requests placed after this time
  • 15th January 2021 (2pm onwards) - Results/Invoices will be issued to all bidders, regardless of success.
    15th January 2021 (6pm) - Late Sales will be available to purchase. Please note, although you can request and pay for unsold lots straight away, please be aware that we are unlikely to commence shipping Late Sales orders until Monday 25th January at the earliest. Our procedures are such that auction bidders who provide payment details before the closing date are processed first in bidder number order; we then start shipping goods for those auction bidders who send payment in response to their invoice. Late Sales orders are processed and shipped after completion of the above. We regret we cannot make exceptions in order to expedite shipping Late Sales orders as we believe this would be unfair to auction bidders.
  • 18th January 2021 - Shipping Commences. As noted above, bidders who provided payment details before the closing date are processed first. (Please be aware that social distancing guidelines may still be in operation which may affect staffing levels and shipping times).
  • 15th February 2021 -(10am) - Late Sales close. Any remaining unsold lots will be reoffered in auction UPA81 in April 2021.



View the UPA80 Catalogue (please see below)

The catalogue is organised in Country order, with General material starting at Lot 1. We also have a 'Gallery' section which comprises late entries and/or high value material. For those countries which have additional lots in the Gallery section, this is indicated in the catalogue. In auction UPA80, the Gallery section starts at Lot 17,846(and appears at the front of the printed catalogue). The catalogue is available in a number of formats - please choose from one of the formats below...


UPA80 - Online Catalogues

Digital Page Turning Version : this is a digital version of the printed catalogue (link available soon)

Downloadable pdf : this may take a few moments to download

Downloadable Bid Form (pdf) : this is a copy of the bid form as it appears in the printed catalogue

Live Bidding Lots : 13th January 2021, 5pm (UK time)

Glossary of Terms : glossary of terms used in the catalogue.


If you would like scans and/or verbal condition reports, please contact us:

tel (calling from the UK) : 01451 861111

tel (called from overseas) : +44 1451 861111

email :

(NB - please email bids to



UPA80 - Tabular Views (text & images)...  

Lots 1 - 3999

General items, Abu Dhabi to Estonia

Lots 4000 - 7999

Estonia to Great Britain

Lots 8000 - 11999

Great Britain to Malta

Lots 12000 - 15999

Malta to Spain

Lots 16000 - 18933

Spain to Zululand + Gallery


All Lots


GB Lots

GB + Channel Islands + IOM

UPA79 - Prices Realised






Auction History - details of previous auctions and prices realised

Future Auctions - see our auction schedule for 2020/21



·         No Buyer's Premium

·         Up to 28,350 lots, up to £2 GBP million estimates

·         Reducing Estimate System

·         Prices Realised (next catalogue)

·         No Quibble Return Policy

·         Fixed Postage Costs

·         Free Delivery Insurance*

·         No Extra Charge for Credit Cards

·         Click here to request your FREE Catalogue (or eCatalogue)!





Each auction is a compilation of both high and lower value material, with some of the high value material owned by vendors and some by UPA. Our belief is that if an item is not selling, it is too expensive. This formula permits us to offer the Unique UPA Reducing Estimate System so that if an item does not sell, it will be reoffered in the next catalogue with the estimate reduced by 11%, and the item will be flagged to show that it has been previously unsold. Each time that item does not sell, it will be reoffered and the estimate will reduce by 11%, then 12%, 13%, 14% etc... accordingly. This allows items to find their own market value.


A lot is offered for the first time with an estimate of £100, but it does not sell.

The lot is reoffered in the next auction with an estimate of £89, but it does not sell.

The lot is reoffered in the next auction with an estimate of £78, but it does not sell.

The lot is reoffered in the next auction with an estimate of £67, etc...

(Estimate reductions are ‘ramped’ as above as each time a lot is unsold).

Bids below 80% of estimate have no chance of success. After the auction has closed, on the Friday evening we publish the UNSOLDS list of all lots that may be purchased (on a 1st come 1st served basis) at a standard 80% of estimate.

Lots that are previously unsold are denoted US (in bold text) at the end of the description, e.g...

US - previously unsold

US2 - previously unsold twice

US3 - previous unsold three times


Once a lot has been unsold five times or more and if the estimate has fallen to £12 or less, that lots drop in the BABS category (see below).


BABS : Bag A Bargain System

BABS lots are those items which have been unsold 5 times or more (marked US5, US6 etc...) and have estimates of £12 or less; such items are denoted by (B) at the end of the description. These lots start at 99p and you can bid any amount you wish, at or above this level. Standard bid steps (see below) apply to BABS lots so if you do not wish bid steps (tie-breaks) to apply to BABS lots, please indicate clearly on your bid form.



·         Estimates are based upon condition and current market value.

·         All estimates and catalogue prices are in £ GBP and all catalogue prices are S.G. unless otherwise stated. We will state where another catalogue is used and if a foreign currency, we will show the value in Pounds Sterling equivalent.

·         All non BABS lots: bids below 80% estimate will be respectfully declined. Bidders wishing to purchase such lots for less may have the opportunity to do so in subsequent auction(s).



·         Lots cannot be viewed in person, but we are happy to provide scans, photocopies and verbal condition reports of lots as required.

·         There is no charge for this service but please note that we cannot scan/photocopy hundreds of items.

·         We cannot guarantee to provide scans/photocopies for requests made within 2 working days of the closing date.



There isn't one! The only additional charges we apply are: shipping for invoices less than £50 GBP, and overseas shipping of HEAVY lots. If you are a new client, you may qualify for our Introductory Offer* (£55 GBP discount if you spend/win £75 GBP or more)

*Offer valid for NEW Collector clients aged 18+ subject to status, restricted to one per household.



You can submit bids in one of the following ways...

·         Post/mail the bid form at the back of the catalogue to: UPA (Admin), 4 The Old Coalyard, West End, Northleach, Glos, GL54 3HE, UK

·         Online bid form on our website:

·         email directly to

·         Telephone : +44(0)1451 861111  (our office is open weekdays only 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5:30pm UK time)

·         Fax : +44(0)1451 861297  (please ensure you fax the correct side of your form!)

Bids are confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties



We do not accept BUY bids as this is unfair to other bidders. If you are prepared to pay a multiple of the estimate price for a particularly rare item please enter your maximum price, but beware that another bidder may also recognise special value in the same item and bid accordingly. We therefore recommend that you only enter the maximum you are prepared to pay.

You can bid any amount you choose, subject to the minimum amounts (for both BABS and non-BABS lots) as stipulated above.



If you are bidding to a budget, you can specify an overall spending limit when you bid. e.g... you can bid on items which, if you were to win them all, may cost £500, but if you specify a spending limit of £300, once your spending limit has been reached you will not win any more items.

NB - £60 is the minimum spending limit we can accept.



We are happy to accept conditional (either/or) bids. Simply list the items in your order of preference and mark them clearly as per the examples below...

lot 1234 @ £35 }

lot 1235 @ £32 } - one lot only

lot 1236 @ £37 }



lot 1234 @ £35


lot 1235 @ £32


lot 1236 @ £37



A maximum of 3 bid steps can be applied to all or some of your bids in the event of a tie. Bid steps are applied as follows...

·         Bids up to £39 - bid steps are in £1 increments

·         Bids between £40 and £79 - bid steps are in £2 increments

·         Bids between £80 and £299 - bid steps are in £5 increments

·         Bids £300 and above -  bid steps are in £10 increments

If bids are still tied after bid steps have been applied, the earlier bidder takes priority. Bid early to avoid disappointment!



UK CLIENTS: (shipping costs regardless of weight):

·         Invoices up to £50 : Post+Packing = £2

·         Free shipping if you spend £50 or more


·         Invoices up to £50 GBP : Post+Packing = £3.50 GBP*

·         Free shipping* if you spend £50 GBP or more

Insurance against loss in transit is FREE for the majority of countries. Exclusions include : South Africa, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Russia, Ukraine and former Russian republics.

*Lots described in the auction catalogue as HEAVY LOT (or similar) may be subject to additional shipping charges.



·         Requests for extension time to obtain a certificate must be made in writing not less than 48 hours before the auction closing time.

·         The name of the proposed expert or expert committee must be provided for our approval

·         The reason for requesting an extension must be stated

·         Requests for extensions are on the basis of authenticity, not condition unless specifically approved by UPA

·         Extensions for single items/sets only value in excess of £100

·         Requests for extensions for items already bearing a certificate will not be accepted unless specifically approved by UPA

·         UPA will submit the item(s) for expertisation unless specifically agreed otherwise

·         Items will not be submitted until payment has been received, unless specifically approved by UPA

·         The purchaser pays for the certificate. If the item is not authenticated, UPA will pay for the certificate

·         Any item described as having faults may not be returned if other faults are mentioned on the certificate of authenticity

NB - Your statutory rights and UPA 30 day total guarantee are not affected



·        Lots are despatched after payment in full.

·        Payment is due within 14 days of receipt of our invoice.

·        We accept payment by the following methods (no surcharges apply):

·        Mastercard / Visa. NB - we do not accept American Express or Diners Club.

·        We do not accept card payments for goods that are not shipped under our own transit insurance.

·        We reserve the right to delay shipping goods for card payments with a high fraud screening score. In such circumsstances we reserve the right to request payment by alternative means.

·        Cheques (payable to UPA) drawn on a UK Sterling account (allow 7 days to clear)

·        Cheques (payable to UPA) drawn on a $ USD account from mainland banks only. (Minimum cheque value $50 USD; Please allow 28 days for cheques to clear)

·        Bank transfer (net of bank charges) to account...

Bank : Santander UK plc

Account Name : N W P J Ltd T/A Omniphil Andrew S McGavin

BIC / IBAN : ABBYGB2LXXX / GB84 ABBY 0901 5004 8968 15

Sort Code /Account Number : 090150 / 04896815

·        PayPal - to account quoting your invoice number as your reference. Payment should be made in GBP British Pounds.

Please remember to quote your invoice number when making payment.



Payment over two, three or four monthly instalments is available to clients with invoices in excess of £60.  There is no extra charge for this service but lots are only despatched upon completion of payment or subject to status (i.e. long established UPA client). Such requests should me made when placing bids.



Bidders who provide payment details before the closing date are processed during the first despatch phase in bidder number order). We then start shipping goods for those auction bidders who send payment in response to their invoice. Late Sales orders are processed and shipped after completion of the above.



A list of prices realised is published on our website immediately after invoices have been issued and a printed list of realisation is included with the next catalogue.



Those Unsold Lots which are available at 80% of estimate may be purchased from the Monday morning following the sale close. They will be available for a limited period on a first come first served basis. Please see the Auction Timetable above regarding the shipping of Late Sales orders.



·         All lots are guaranteed such that any lot may be returned for a full refund. No Quibble.  1st class mail (or standard air mail) is ok for most things but we recommend that you get a proof of posting from the post office. If you are returning goods in excess of £250 we request that you return them by Special Delivery (or Registered Airmail). Goods in excess of £250 returned by 1st class mail (or standard air mail) will be deemed to have been returned at your own risk.

·         Lots must be returned in the condition they were received (in their entirety in their original stockcards or packaging) within 30 days of purchase. Returned lots may not be accepted by UPA if they have been tampered with, e.g. immersed in water, hinge remainders removed, marked by an expert or expert committee, or treated by any other process, unless UPA's express permission has first been obtained in writing.

·         We request that you state the reason for returning any item. This does not affect our guarantee, but it does help us in processing the returned items.

·         We are happy to either refund you for anything returned to us, or if you prefer we can hold the amount as a credit-note which you can use towards your next auction invoice. Please specify.



·         Printed catalogues are FREE to regular successful bidders. They will build into an important source of accurate price data.

·         New clients will receive three printed catalogue free of charge, but if you have not bid successfully thereafter we would ask you to either view the catalogue online or subscribe to receive future catalogues.

·         Subscriptions: £25 is the minimum subscription covering supply of the next 3 catalogues wherever you live, despatched airmail if overseas.

·         Our catalogue policy is to reward our valued regular clients with an important real price reference guide.



Please remember that UPA is an auction, not an Approvals Service. The auctioneer reserves the right to refuse bids from clients regularly treating UPA as an Approvals Service. The auctioneer’s decision is final. Placing a bid is acceptance of these terms. This does not affect your NO QUIBBLE full refund guarantee.