newsGems from Cantor Small Queens collection shine in Sparks auction
December 22, 2015 03:37 PMSparks Auctions, of Ottawa, Canada, offered the Daniel Cantor collection of Canada’s Small Queens issue on Nov. 24. Cantor, a retired Ottawa businessman with a lifelong passion for stamps, has sold several parts of his Canada collection over the years. Most notably, his “Pence and Cents” collection, covering the issues pre-dating Canada’s confederation in 1867, won an international large gold at London 2010 and was sold in 2011 by the firm of Matthew Bennett for close to $1.5 million. The Small Queens were Canada’s third series of definitive stamps, issued over a relatively long period, from 1870-97. They followed the similarly designed Large Queens of 1868-76, but were — not surprisingly — slightly smaller.
newsHarmer-Schau offers scarce U.S. 1915 2¢ Washington rotary coil line pair
December 16, 2015 03:42 PMA featured item from the first session of the Harmer-Schau auction is a used line pair of the U.S. 1915 2¢ red George Washington Type I rotary coil stamp (Scott 449), pictured on page 10. The top and bottom perforations on this pair are intact because the stamps were separated from the rest of the coil by cuts at the top and bottom that left parts of the adjoining stamps attached on both ends.
newsGrosvenor gavels down Falkland Islands provisional surcharge block for $54,550
December 16, 2015 03:41 PMGrosvenor Philatelic Auctions held a series of sales in London Nov. 9-12 to mark the firm’s 100th auction, a culmination of an 18-year run. The series reaped a total realization of more than £2 million. A scarce, unused 1882 £1 stamp on blued paper with an anchor watermark (Great Britain Scott 92) sold for £35,612 (or about $52,750), including the 19 percent buyer’s premium levied by Grosvenor, even though the stamp lacked gum. An 1885 £1 brown-lilac stamp, overprinted “I.R. Official” for use by the Inland Revenue (Scott O10), once belonging to King Carol of Romania and later to the American industrialist Arthur Hind (who also owned the famous British Guiana 1¢ Magenta), sold for the equivalent of $22,900.
newsBrigham auction of Canada highlights issues of Edward VII, Elizabeth II
December 16, 2015 03:37 PMThe next auction of material from the Brigham collection of Canada will take place Jan. 23 outside Toronto at The Brampton Golf Club, 7700 Kennedy Road, in Brampton, Ontario. Brigham Auctions will offer almost 400 lots of material divided between King Edward VII (with issues from 1903-11) and Queen Elizabeth II (from 1953-95). As has been the case with most of the previous sessions offering the Brigham material, the Edward VII selections include not only stamps and postal history, but also a considerable number of essays and proofs.
newsU.S. plate proof sheet set of 1875 reproductions in Jan. 12-13 Cherrystone auction in New York City
December 16, 2015 12:44 AMCherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers is holding a two-day public auction Jan. 12-13 at the firm’s West 57th Street gallery in New York City. The sale offers a range of United States and worldwide material comprising 1,483 lots of stamps, covers, collections and more. It opens with classic United States, beginning with unused Providence, R.I., postmaster’s provisionals, the 5¢ (Scott 10X1) followed by the 10¢ (10X2). This session also includes two plate proof sheets of 50 on card of the 1875 reproductions of the 1847 issue.
newsGermany rarities, China first-day covers shine at Gaertner auction
December 15, 2015 03:37 PMThe Gaertner sale included tens of thousands of lots in a catalog that ran to 10 volumes, ranging from single stamps and covers to large lots and estate holdings, covering the world from old German States to faraway lands, including an extensive array of stamps by topic.
newsNorthern Rhodesia Queen Elizabeth II block eclipses $25,000 in Victoria Stamp Co. sale
December 13, 2015 12:43 AMVictoria Stamp Co., operated by longtime dealer Phoebe A. MacGillivary of Sharon Springs, N.Y., held an auction of British Commonwealth stamps and postal history at the Collectors Club in New York on Dec. 5. Items ranged from inexpensive single stamps to large lots and collections. A newly discovered lower-margin plate-number block of four Northern Rhodesia 6-penny stamps (Scott 68), showing Queen Elizabeth II and several African animals, boasted another kind of variety generally not listed in the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue: an inverted watermark. The error is listed in the Stanley Gibbons catalog as number 68w, and in Pierron’s online catalog of Great Britain and Commonwealth stamps during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, including errors and varieties, as ZMB136a.
newsPan-American Expo first-day cover realizes $21,240 at H.R. Harmer sale
December 12, 2015 12:43 AMH.R. Harmer celebrated its 75th anniversary with a large sale spanning Oct. 29-31 at the firm’s headquarters near Los Angeles. A broad array of U.S. and worldwide material included numerous exciting items. A May 1, 1901, first-day cover of the U.S. Pan-American Exposition issue (Scott 294-299) bore a fabulous gold embossed cachet for the fair, depicting two allegorical figures nestling into the outlines of North and South America.
newsNova Scotia mourning cover fetches $97,850 in Spink sale
December 12, 2015 12:43 AMSpink, in New York, offered the Charles Adams collection of United States and Canada on Nov. 18, and held its Fall Collector’s Series sale Nov. 18-19. A beautiful, unused example of Canada’s 12-penny black Queen Victoria of 1851 on laid paper (Scott 3) sold for $83,475, including Spink’s buyer’s premium of 15 percent plus $100 on items selling for more than $2,000. This stamp, never popular with the public at the time of issue and withdrawn after just 1,450 examples were sold, is far scarcer unused than used.
newsPair of unissued King George V designs top $129,000 at Mossgreen sale in Melbourne
December 12, 2015 12:43 AMIn Melbourne, Mossgreen auctioned the Arthur Gray collection of Australia on Oct. 30. Gray, an international exhibitor who died earlier this year, had built a collection that the auction firm called “the most extraordinary collection of Australian stamps of this generation, or any other.”
newsUpright Jenny Invert sheet sells at auction, new Purple Heart variety available: Week's Most Read
December 11, 2015 09:35 AMIt’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news. Linn's Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week. Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order.
news1920 Germania with rare quatrefoil watermark tops $65,000 in Aix-Phila auction
December 09, 2015 03:36 PMAix-Phila of Aachen, Germany, is one of 80 to 100 active stamp-auction firms in that country. It has been run by the same team since 1987 and holds two auctions a year, in May and in November. Its Nov. 27-28, 2015, sale was previewed on the front page of Linn’s issue of Nov. 23. The standout item was a newly discovered watermark variety on a Germany 2-mark Germania definitive stamp of 1920. The normal (and quite common) 2m stamp, with a watermark consisting of a continuous pattern of lozenges, is listed in the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 as Scott 131, with a value in unused condition of 60¢, rising to $2.25 if the gum has never been hinged.
newsGraded 98 upright Jenny Invert sheet goes for $67,850 at Kelleher sale
December 08, 2015 03:41 PMIn October, Daniel F. Kelleher auctioned a sheet of six of the modern United States rarities known as the $2 upright Jenny Invert stamps. About 29 of the 100 sheets printed are known. This example, expertized and graded superb 98, sold for $67,850.
newsCanada 50¢ 'Bluenose' stamps perform well at Eastern Auctions sale
December 08, 2015 03:37 PMEastern Auctions, based in Bathurst, New Brunswick, held a sale of Canada and British North America stamps and postal history on Oct. 23-24 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The sale included a lengthy run of what many consider Canada’s most beautiful stamp of all time, the 50¢ “Bluenose,” a 1929 pictorial definitive showing the schooner of that name.
newsRejoined Hawaii 13¢ Missionary pair hammered down for $54,625 at Siegel auction
December 08, 2015 12:44 AMRobert A. Siegel Auction Galleries held a sale of U.S. material on Oct. 27-29, and a sale of Hawaii on Oct. 29. Both sales were previewed in Linn’s issue of Oct. 26. Siegel’s Hawaii sale featured a number of the famous early Missionary stamps, including a pair of the 13¢ issue inscribed “H.I. & U.S. Postage” (Scott 4).
insightsAuctioneer Christoph Gaertner: ‘I believe in stamps’
December 03, 2015 10:43 AMIf there’s a secret to Christoph Gaertner’s success, it’s a simple one: He might be one of the hardest working people in the stamp business. In just a few years, Gaertner has built his firm from scratch to the point where, three or four times a year, he conducts what is probably the world’s largest philatelic auction by volume.
newsCherrystone auctions Dec. 1-3 feature worldwide, including Pedneault Ireland collection, classic Brazil
November 26, 2015 03:32 PMCherrystone Auctions of New York City will present three sales Dec. 1-3, offering United States and worldwide stamps and covers, the John Pedneault collection of Ireland, and specialized Brazil from 1843 to 1893.
newsSchuyler J. Rumsey auction Dec. 11-12 offers postal history, medicine stamps
November 20, 2015 02:37 PMEvery collector knows that philately is steeped in history, and that fact is well documented by the material offered in the upcoming two-day auction series from Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions of San Francisco, Calif.
newsKelleher to auction unused compound-perf 1¢ Washington block in Dec. 8-10 Flagship Series sale
November 20, 2015 10:41 AMA 20th-century United States rarity is one of the featured items in the Daniel F. Kelleher Flagship Series auction taking place Dec. 8-10 at the firm’s galleries in Danbury, Conn.
newsNewly discovered unique mint Germania watermark variety to be offered in German auction
November 19, 2015 03:36 PMAn outstanding stamp rarity, just recently discovered, will be offered at the 57th auction of Aix-Phila Briefmarken in Aachen, Germany, Nov. 27-28. The 1920 mint condition stamp is Germany’s 2-mark carmine and blue Germania, printed on paper with the quatrefoils (crucifer flower) watermark. The stamp is unique in mint condition.
newsRegistered 1967 cover bearing Qatar Sheik Ahmad set tops $1,100 in eBay auction
November 18, 2015 03:36 PMThe genesis of the American Philatelic Society's Black Blot program against speculative stamps provides historical perspective that explains why a 1967 registered cover from Qatar recently sold for almost $1,200 in an online auction.
newsCantor collection of Small Queens stamps, postal history in Nov. 24 Sparks auction
November 12, 2015 03:32 PMThe auction firm Sparks in Ottawa, Canada, will offer the Daniel Cantor collection of Canada’s Small Queens stamps and postal history in a Nov. 24 public auction. More than 520 lots will be auctioned in the Sparks auction room.
newsCorinphila to auction 1843 Double Geneva discovery in Zurich
November 10, 2015 03:32 PMAn 1843 cover postmarked Oct. 24 in Geneva is claimed to be the earliest documented use of the 1843 Double Geneva stamp. The cover will be auctioned during Corinphila’s Nov. 18-21 sale in Zurich, Switzerland.
newsNewly discovered Vin Fiz cover increases total to nine; Spink to offer it during Nov. 18-19 New York auction
October 23, 2015 02:59 PMThe rare 1911 25¢ Rodgers Aerial Post Vin Fiz Flyer stamp (United States Scott CL2) is known as the first stamp in the world to depict an airplane. A recently discovered example on cover will be auctioned Nov. 19 by Spink USA in New York City.
newsSiegel to auction U.S. stamps, classic Hawaii from Atherton collection Oct. 27-29 in New York City
October 22, 2015 03:31 PMAn eye-catching array of top-quality United States stamps and Hawaii stamps and postal history will move across the auction block Oct. 27-29 at Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in New York City. The U.S. material will be sold in five sessions during the three-day span, and the Hawaii auction will take place the afternoon of Oct. 29, following the conclusion of the U.S. sale.
newsKaiser Wilhelm invert tops $40,000 in Wurttembergisches Auktionhaus sale
October 15, 2015 03:24 PMA rare inverted-center error from Germany was one of the top sellers in a Wurttembergisches Auktionhaus sale Sept. 11-12 in Stuttgart, Germany. The 5-mark stamp was issued before and during World War I, showing a red vignette of Kaiser Wilhelm II speaking before a crowd.
newsUpright $2 Jenny Invert pane featured in Kelleher auction Oct. 26-28
October 14, 2015 03:32 PMWhile the Oct. 26-28 auction presents a wide range of classic issues, one highlight is from just two years ago: a complete pane of six of the upright variety of the U.S. $2 Jenny Invert issued Sept. 22, 2013 (Scott 4806d).
newsSiegel to offer 'Important Collection of United States Essays and Proofs' Nov. 17 in New York
October 14, 2015 03:31 PMRobert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in New York City has announced a sale of “An Important Collection of United States Essays and Proofs,” which the auction catalog notes is “offered at unreserved auction by order of an anonymous collector.” The Nov. 17 sale presents a significant selection of more than 430 lots, including some unique items and others not previously listed in the 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers.
newsPan-American Exposition invert realizes $18,400 at Aldrich sale
October 14, 2015 03:24 PMMichael E. Aldrich of Carefree, Ariz., held a sale of U.S. and worldwide stamps Sept. 9-10 featuring a 4¢ Pan-American Exposition issue invert. The stamp, which shows an early electric automobile driving around Washington, D.C., has a black vignette in an elaborate deep red-brown frame.
newsJohn C. Fremont 1856 presidential campaign cover fetches $345 in McCusker sale
October 13, 2015 03:24 PMJames A. McCusker held a sale Sept. 2. One of the featured items was an 1856 cover with a two-part pictorial cachet from John C. Fremont’s presidential campaign. One vignette shows a battle scene from the West (Fremont was considered a military hero), and the other shows his portrait.
newsDramatic Igor Sikorsky error block to be offered at Nov. 21-22 Regency-Superior Chicagopex auction
October 13, 2015 03:23 PMThe error is the 1988 36¢ multicolor Igor Sikorsky airmail stamp with the intaglio red, blue and black ink absent, an omission that eliminates the text and numeral inscriptions, as well as the image of the 1939 VS300 helicopter that normally appears on the stamp (Scott C119a).
newsChina inverted surcharge sells for $149,500 in Cherrystone sale
October 12, 2015 03:23 PMCherrystone Auctions held a sale of United States, China and worldwide stamps and postal history Sept. 9-10 in New York. The sale was previewed in Linn’s issue of Sept. 7. Not surprisingly, the top realizations went to a pair of well-known rarities from China.
blogAstute auction house helps in recovery of stolen stamps from the Miller collection
October 09, 2015 02:00 PMLinn’s managing editor Charles Snee reported the recovery of a block of three of the 1845 5¢ New York postmaster’s provisional stamp, once part of a block of 10 that was stolen from the Benjamin K. Miller collection in 1977.
blogScarce cachet on Midway Island flight cover captures attention during eBay auction
October 05, 2015 04:54 PMWhen 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.
blogFive years of Auction Roundup: What would you like to see covered?
October 02, 2015 10:51 PMThis 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.
news1847 Basel Dove cover highlights Oct. 16-17 Schwarzenbach auction in Zurich
September 17, 2015 03:20 PMThe Oct. 16-17 auction from Schwarzenbach Auktion Zurich includes an example of the 1845 2½-rappen Basel Dove stamp used on a folded letter. The Basel Dove is the only stamp issued by the canton of Basel in Switzerland, and it is cherished for its attractive three-color design (it was the first stamp printed in three colors) and its embossed image of the white dove in the center, the first stamp worldwide to depict a bird.
newsWide range of material at Regency-Superior’s Oct. 3-4 Sescal auction
September 13, 2015 11:43 AMRegency-Superior will conduct its stamps, coins and autographs auction No. 114 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5711 W. Century Blvd., in Los Angeles. Regency-Superior, the official auctioneer for the show, will offer United States and worldwide single stamps, multiples, covers and large lots, with plate blocks, back of the book material and much more.