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.