A WORD FROM OUR CHAIRMAN

Dare I suggest that the past three months at Spink have seen more action than any other auction house
in London – certainly in terms of breaking records?

THE OPIUM WARS

One of the root causes of the First Opium War was a trade imbalance between China and Britain. Over two or more centuries, demand had grown in European countries for luxury goods from China, notably tea, porcelain and silk.

LONDON’S NEXT ‘INTERNATIONAL’

In 1890 London held its first international stamp exhibition – it marked the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Universal Penny Postage and the issue of the world’s first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black.

WORLD BANKNOTES NYINC

After a successful autumn World Banknotes auction in London, we quickly turned our focus to NYINC 2022.

SPOTLIGHT ON NEW TALENT

The Insider caught up with Saskia and Issy to ask them a few questions about their work and the inspiration behind it.

WHISKY CASK OWNERSHIP WITH CASK 88

The winds of change never cease blowing, though – and a new way to interact with Scotch Whisky is appearing over the horizon. Full casks of still maturing whisky are making their debut at auction.

THE PORTUGUESE BANKNOTE CASE: THE SCAM OF THE CENTURY

This is the story about how a small-time Portuguese fraudster carried out one of the most audacious financial crimes in history and in doing so damaged the
Portuguese economy and almost definitely hastened the arrival of the Salazar dictatorship.

MAJOR GENERAL JM COWAN CBE DSO

Major General James Cowan was commissioned into The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) in 1987 and in his early years served in Germany, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Lesotho and the United Kingdom.

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