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Priciest lots in Grosvenor’s Great Britain sale should come as no shock

December 07, 2016 05:00 PM

The auction house after the sale said, "Once again the stamp market has failed to panic at a time of worldwide financial uncertainty."

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Award-winning airmail collection sold by Regency-Superior

December 06, 2016 05:00 PM

The lots included a 1929 first-flight cover from Rivadavia to Bahia Blanca signed by the pilot (and later children’s book author) Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

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Vaccari sale features cover sent from San Marino to fledgling Kingdom of Italy

December 06, 2016 02:00 PM

Bidding on the neat little cover began at €6,500 and ended at €16,000, or $17,000. Vaccari does not charge a buyer’s fee.

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Errors, freaks, and oddities highlight Regency-Superior Chicagopex sale

December 06, 2016 09:00 AM

While some stamp errors can strike the uncommitted as picayune or downright ugly, there is no question that many are breathtaking and noteworthy.

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Handwritten letter from Fidel Castro: How much did Siegel sell it for?

December 05, 2016 05:00 PM

The 1958 letter describes recent action and concludes with the words “¡buena suerte!” (good luck!) and his distinctive signature, “FideCastro”.

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Large Dragon stamp triples its estimate at Kelleher and Rogers sale

December 05, 2016 02:00 PM

Also offered was a withdrawn set of 1953 People’s Republic of China stamps honoring the 35th anniversary of Russia’s October Revolution.

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What an ‘impossible to improve upon’ 1851 1¢ Franklin sold for at Bennett auction

December 05, 2016 09:00 AM

It was awarded a grade of 100 jumbo by Professional Stamp Experts (PSE) in 2008, the only example to attain that top grade.

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Why a block of 2¢ Queen Victoria stamps topped $10K at Eastern sale

December 04, 2016 05:00 PM

The imperforate block (Scott 77e) is believed to be the only one surviving with the plate imprint from the top of the sheet still attached.

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The set of Bavarian mint sheets that brought $1.68 million at Gaertner sale

December 04, 2016 08:00 AM

Many of the sheets in the set, which were described as “museum-quality,” were unique or one of just two surviving.

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Inverted Jenny tops Siegel sale of Irwin Weinberg collection

December 04, 2016 07:00 AM

Though his days as caretaker of the 1¢ Magenta were behind him, Weinberg's inventory included many other rare and important stamps.

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The U.S. stamps that highlight Siegel’s three auctions in three days

November 23, 2016 07:00 PM

The proceeds from the first sale will benefit the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

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One-of-a-kind auction showcased the stellar philately of Nova Scotia

November 18, 2016 01:00 PM

The 427-lot Skywalk sale was a showing not likely to be matched in either completeness or quality again in our lifetimes.

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1851 1¢ blue Benjamin Franklin stamp carries six-figure estimate into Kelleher sale

November 14, 2016 02:00 PM

The stamp in the Kelleher sale is described as an “extraordinary example of this renowned position, in a quality rarely encountered.”

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Two philatelic treasures of Mauritius will be sold by David Feldman

November 13, 2016 05:00 PM

The earliest stamps of Mauritius are among the most legendary philatelic items, and these are two prominent ones.

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The high-price lots that topped the recent Zanaria sale

November 08, 2016 06:00 PM

Leading the pack was the famous, rare King Edward VII 6d with an “I.R. Official” overprint for the Inland Revenue department.

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Bougainville collection sold by Grosvenor gives philatelic history of Falkland Islands

November 08, 2016 02:00 PM

An impressive pair of bottom-margin imprint blocks from an early Queen Victoria issue told a poignant tale.

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The colorful plate proof set that sold at H.R. Harmer’s three-day auction

November 08, 2016 09:00 AM

These mimic the three actual inverted-color errors from the issued 1869 Pictorial set, along with an unissued 90¢ Lincoln invert.

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What the two feathers in a folded letter sold by Postiljonen signify

November 07, 2016 07:00 PM

This dramatic embellishment had a clear message. And it bumped the price of the letter up to $4,560.

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The classic British rarities that highlighted recent Kelleher sale

November 07, 2016 02:00 PM

An unused, lightly hinged King Edward VII 5d stamp, overprinted “Board of Education” for use by that official department (Scott O70), went for $41,300.

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Pan-Am inverts surge past $100,000 level in latest Siegel sale

November 07, 2016 09:00 AM

The Hanover collection of superb U.S. stamps included a trio of classic inverted-center errors.

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Noteworthy Washington-Franklin 2¢ carmine-rose stamp highlights Regency-Superior sale

November 06, 2016 07:00 PM

The Sept. 29-Oct. 1 sale was also strong on classics such as postmasters’ provisionals and 19th-century U.S. issues.

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What makes a Swiss 5-rappen blue stamp sold by Koehler unusual?

November 06, 2016 05:00 PM

Collectors of Switzerland know that the imperforate Strubels, which were current from 1854 until they were replaced by the similar (perforated) Sitting Helvetia series in 1862, are one of the most complex areas of classic philately.

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This U.S. stamp looks ordinary, so why did it top $41,000 at Kelleher’s sale?

November 06, 2016 08:00 AM

The Washington-Franklin series stamp's precise dimensions and perforations reveal it to be something other than ordinary.

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Stamps of partitioned Poland highlight Cherrystone auction’s worldwide offerings

November 05, 2016 05:00 PM

With the exception of a solitary stamp issued under Russian dominion in 1860, Poland had no stamps of its own until the end of World War I, at which time the Allies backed its re-emergence as an independent nation.

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Stunning block of Washington-Franklin stamps sold by Cherrystone

November 05, 2016 02:00 PM

Read about the notable lots of Cherrystone Auctions' Sept. 20-21 sale of worldwide rare stamps and postal history.

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Schuyler Rumsey offers Skywalk collection of Nova Scotia

November 05, 2016 07:00 AM

The collection featured some of the classic rarities and famous postal history items from that British North American colony, which joined Canada in 1867.

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Regency-Superior’s Chicagopex auction is expected to top $2 million: What’s for sale?

October 31, 2016 09:00 AM

The sale includes material from the estate of Marvin Frey, who for many years was a leading error stamp dealer.

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Highly regarded dealer’s collection, including Jenny Invert, offered by Siegel

October 22, 2016 07:00 PM

Irwin Weinberg died May 2 at age 88. He is known for his stint as part owner and guardian of the world's most valuable stamp.

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Rare Chinese overprint offered, third U.S. Christmas stamp planned: Week’s Most Read

October 21, 2016 08:15 AM

Also this week, we profiled a U.S. stamp that's popular among Chinese collectors, and reported on a new rate hike proposal from the United States Postal Service.

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Rare Chinese overprint stamp headlines Kelleher sale

October 15, 2016 02:51 PM

The unused stamp has its original gum and is described as displaying rich vivid colors, and as one of only 52 examples issued.

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Only known top-grade example of blue Franklin stamp in Bennett auction

October 07, 2016 01:00 PM

A characteristic of many of the stamps in the upcoming Matthew Bennett auction is top grading.

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Baron collections of Canada among Eastern’s latest offerings

October 06, 2016 05:00 PM

The collections include a well-centered mint example of Canada’s most famous stamp error, the 1959 5¢ St. Lawrence Seaway with inverted center.

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Even after frowned-upon restoration, iconic classic tops $30,000 at Siegel sale

October 04, 2016 01:00 PM

An iconic classic, even with restoration work, sold for more than $30,000 at Siegel's Sept. 14 sale.

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U.S. Official stamps featuring famous typo sold by Siegel

October 04, 2016 09:00 AM

The second part of Grant Inman’s U.S. collection, featuring Officials, offered some famous gems, including a long run of “Specimen” overprints with an obvious typographical error.

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Stamps from two of India’s feudatory states sold by Stanley Gibbons

October 04, 2016 09:00 AM

Jammu and Kashmir were among the Indian states that issued their own stamps, beginning in 1866.

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What one of three known Penny-Black-franked India covers sold for at Cavendish auction

October 03, 2016 09:00 AM

The auction firm said this one was “recently discovered by a Cavendish describer in an old-time stamp collection.”

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Classic U.S. issues missing usual anti-fraud device highlighted recent Kelleher auction

October 02, 2016 07:00 PM

Grills were experimental, waffle-like impressions of various sizes, pressed into U.S. stamps during the production process, as part of an effort to combat the fraudulent cleaning and reuse of stamps.

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Which early stamp of India sold for $51,200 at Spink sale?

October 02, 2016 02:00 PM

A light crease hardly detracts from the beauty and rarity of the stamp, which once resided in the famous collection of Maurice Burrus. It went for triple its presale estimate.

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New Zealand’s first stamp tops $10,000 in Status International sale

October 01, 2016 02:00 PM

The design for New Zealand featured a likeness of Queen Victoria based on a full-length portrait by the Swiss painter Alfred Edward Chalon, done at the time of the queen’s ascension to the throne in 1837.

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Schwarzenbach auction in Zurich includes popular Swiss cantonals

September 27, 2016 09:00 AM

While very strong in Switzerland, the auction also features Germany, and other European and worldwide material.

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Upcoming H.R. Harmer sale: What are the top lots?

September 26, 2016 09:00 AM

The 3,012th sale by the California auction firm H.R. Harmer will take place Oct. 13-15 with a notably diverse selection of United States and worldwide individual lots and collections.

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Gaertner’s October auction caps a decade of growth for the auction house

September 25, 2016 07:00 PM

In the decade since its first sale in 2006, the company has grown by acquiring other auction firms, while the size of Gaertner’s sales, which happen three or four times a year, has also mushroomed.

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Trio of collections to cross Siegel auction block Oct. 5-6

September 17, 2016 02:00 PM

Robert A. Siegel Auctions of New York City will conduct three distinct sales Oct. 5-6 in the firm’s galleries on the fourth floor at 60 E. 56th St.

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Postiljonen offering Scandinavian classics in upcoming sale

September 11, 2016 02:00 PM

Featured in these sales are items from three important collections: the Wolfgang Weigel large gold medal collection of classic Denmark, the Gummesson grand prix d’honneur collection of Finland (part 1), and the Indridi Palsson large gold medal collection of classic Iceland (part 2).

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Rare Banknote stamps, Legends of Hollywood error pane highlight Regency-Superior auction

September 09, 2016 05:00 PM

An 1870 90¢ large Banknote stamp picturing Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and featuring “full, fresh original gum” that has been “lightly hinged” is estimated at $20,000.

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Rare Australian error brings big price, USPS funding TV show: Week’s Most Read

September 09, 2016 09:49 AM

Also this week, a number of major enhancements to the 2017 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog were announced.

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Scarce Australian error stamp tops Harmers International auction

September 05, 2016 08:00 AM

The 1917 “Roo” stamp with the “1” missing from the fraction in the 2½-penny value tablet is one of 15 known examples.

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OSS Hitler propaganda sheet brings $17,250 at Harmer-Schau sale

September 04, 2016 07:00 PM

Also sold was a used example of the withdrawn PRC Entire Nation Is Red stamp of 1968.

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Items spotlighting obscure World War II conflicts highlight Cherrystone sale

September 04, 2016 02:00 PM

The region that today makes up Libya was historically three territories: Tripolitania, Cyrencia and Fezzan. The first two places have familiar stamp histories, but the latter is less well-known.

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Impressive St. Louis Bears cover realizes $27,600 at Cherrystone sale

September 04, 2016 09:00 AM

The cover, franked with a 10¢ postmaster’s provisional tied only by a red datestamp, was described as “one of the best.”
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