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.
blogEleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds share ideas …,” and Linn’s is fortunate to have thoughtful leaders of the stamp hobby on its Editorial Advisory Board. Board members participated in a lively discussion of “The State of the Stamp Hobby” Aug. 21 at the American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Grand Rapids, Mich. Read More ›
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Watch as Linn’s associate editor Michael Baadke discusses happenings at the recent APS Stampshow from the show floor.
Watch as Linn's/Scott editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the early release of the new U.S. Elvis stamp, the possibility of a Peanuts stamp and Linn's at the upcoming APS Stampshow.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses highlights of Robert A. Siegel Auction Rarities Week sales in late June, and reports that the 49¢ price for a first-class United States stamp will remain in effect until April.
Watch as Linn’s senior editor Denise McCarty discusses the hiring of a new executive director of the American Philatelic Society, the new Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board and the upcoming APS Stampshow.
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.