William Bennett Perot’s First and Second Issue stamps are part of the Chartwell Collection of stamp and are expected to reach between $97k to $130k in auction. *Photo supplied

William Bennett Perot’s First and Second Issue stamps are part of the Chartwell Collection of stamp and are expected to reach between $97k to $130k in auction. *Photo supplied

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22: Two of Bermuda’s rarest stamps will go under the hammer later this month in London.

The stamps, which were produced by William Bennett Perot in the 1850s, are expected to fetch between $97,000 and $130,000 each at auction.

Perot’s First and Second Issue from Hamilton are part of the Chartwell Collection of stamps that is being auctioned off from June 28.

The collection itself is expected to be sold for more than $32 million.

The Bermudian stamps are considered by experts to be the finest in existence.

David Parsons, a stamp specialist at Spinks, which is conducting the sale, said: “These two items are unquestionably the height of Bermudian philately and we anticipate huge competition for them in the auction room.

“The Chartwell Collection as a whole is the most important series of auctions to be offered to the marketplace in decades.”

The Chartwell Collection is held in just over 80 stamp albums and will go on sale through a series of nine auctions over the next 18 months.

It was brought together by Sir Cyril Humphrey Cripps — an English businessman and philanthropist — who had a passion for collecting.

Sir Humphrey started to build up the collection in the 1950s.

Olivier Stocker, chairman and CEO of Spinks, added: "The Chartwell Collection is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the biggest "wow" moments we have ever experienced here at Southampton Row.

“When the collection arrived in London it was amazing to watch as our specialists turned the pages of what may be one of the finest philatelic collections of our time.

“Over eighty albums were opened, examined and taken in and it was wonderful to see the faces of the Spinks team as treasure after treasure was revealed.

“The story behind this collection is absolutely amazing and so unusual in so many ways. It is a great pleasure to be a part of these momentous sales."