Mossgreen, a boutique art and collectibles auction firm in Melbourne, Australia, offered the first part of the Julian Sterling collection of Australian stamps April 30 in conjunction with the German firm of Christoph Gaertner.
Sterling (1923-2012) collected Asian art and classic automobiles before turning to stamps in later years, specializing in the Map and Kangaroo issue and George V definitives that reminded him of his childhood. Both long-running series are popular with collectors because the stamps range from cheap to expensive and offer broad opportunities for specialization.
The best-selling items in the Mossgreen sale were margin strips of three of the 2-shilling and 5s “Roos” of 1913 with printer’s monograms in the selvage.
The circular monograms identifying the firms that printed the stamps were not a subject of great collector interest until after the stamps had become obsolete. As a result, surviving pieces with monograms are rare.
Only two monogram strips of the 2s value with Wide Crown and Wide A watermark (Scott 11) survive, one of which is in the Royal Philatelic Collection, making the strip in the Mossgreen sale a unique item in private hands.
Just three monogram strips are known of the 5s with that watermark (Scott 12), and one of them is in the Royal Philatelic Collection.
Both strips in the auction realized the equivalent of $42,900, including the 22 percent buyer’s premium charged by Mossgreen.
blogWhen this cover was listed on eBay in mid-September, it didn't take long for some knowledgeable collectors to recognize this piece of postal history for the gem that it is: an early trans-oceanic survey cover for a Pacific route that included Midway Island, which would become famous as the location of a pivotal 1942 naval battle during World War II. Read More ›
blogThis month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby. Read More ›
blogIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show. Read More ›
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Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses current events that relate to the stamp hobby, including the relocation of a stamp show in Sweden due to the Syrian refugee crises, and new stamps honoring Pope Francis and the British monarchy.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz questions Bolivia’s choice for the design of a 2013 stamp honoring the country’s efforts to protect its migrants in foreign lands.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses the discovery of the upright Jenny Invert pane received in an order from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Mo., and also reports on the Confederate Stamp Alliance.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.