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.


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.


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.


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

October 04, 2016 02:00 PM

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


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


Czechoslovakia propaganda issue sold at Regency-Superior auction

September 03, 2016 06:00 PM

German stamps unofficially enhanced by liberated Czech towns at the end of World War II are not frequently encountered.


Siegel sells award-winning collection of colored cancels on 1869 Pictorials

September 03, 2016 02:00 PM

An otherwise unexceptional 1869 Shield, Eagle and Flags stamp stood out because it was struck with a German postmark in green.


Schuyler Rumsey offers two auctions at Sescal show in Los Angeles

September 03, 2016 07:00 AM

Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions will participate each day of the show with public auction sessions at the Los Angeles hotel highlighting two distinct sales. The auction of the Skywalk collection of Nova Scotia stamps and postal history will begin at 10 a.m. Friday with 427 individual lots and collections.


$12,000 postmaster’s provisional highlights Regency-Superior’s APS Stampshow sale

September 02, 2016 11:00 AM

St. Louis Bears stamps are nicknamed “Bears” because of the Missouri coat-of-arms design they depict.


Cherrystone plans worldwide auction Sept. 20-21 in New York

September 02, 2016 09:14 AM

The sale at Cherrystone’s New York City galleries will offer United States and worldwide stamps and covers, including Great Britain and British Commonwealth, plus large lots and collections.


What sold during InterAsia’s sale of largest-ever public offering of North Korea?

September 01, 2016 07:00 PM

The total realization for the four-day sale was over $54 million Hong Kong dollars (about $7 million U.S.).


Looking back at top lots of Harmer-Schau’s APS Stampshow sale

September 01, 2016 03:00 PM

One of the most closely watched items in the sale was a postcard franked with an experimental 1908 1¢ Franklin coil stamp.


Classic U.S. stamps highlight Siegel’s upcoming sales of Alan and Inman collections

August 27, 2016 05:00 PM

Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries of New York City has scheduled two consecutive sales of United States stamps in mid-September.


Auction Galleries Hamburg’s very first auction: What is for sale?

August 20, 2016 09:00 AM

The auction house formerly known as Schwanke Briefmarkenauktionen GmbH was acquired by Christoph Gaertner in July.


Stamp pairs that carry high Scott values highlight upcoming Kelleher sale

August 16, 2016 09:00 AM

Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions will offer its Flagship sale over the course of the three days between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1.


Remarkable 1884 cover from Beijing to Tokyo highlights Kelleher and Rogers sale

August 01, 2016 07:00 AM

The back of the cover bears a China 5-candareen Large Dragon stamp in chrome yellow on thick paper (Scott 9a). To begin with, this makes the cover exceedingly rare, because only two Large Dragon covers addressed to Japan have survived.


Two specialized collections offered in June by Spink USA

July 31, 2016 08:00 PM

The Stefano Fantaroni collection of Italy and the Jose Castillejo collection of Guatemala were offered during Spink's June 8 sale in New York City.


Cherrystone sells extraordinary block of inverted Argentina 1899 5-peso definitives

July 31, 2016 01:00 PM

Only a single sheet of 50 of this invert was printed, and the block sold is dubbed one of the “piezas notables” (notable pieces) of Argentinian philately.


June 22 Siegel sale offers wealth of Confederate, Civil War stamps

July 31, 2016 09:00 AM

After holding the first part of the Grant Inman sale on June 21, Siegel’s offering of Confederate and Civil War stamps on June 22 included scarce postmasters’ provisionals, as well as some seldom-seen essays for stamps that were never issued.


Illustrated advertising covers make for a colorful Kelleher auction

July 30, 2016 08:00 PM

Anyone who thought that cute animals were an innovation of the Internet age would have been set straight by a cover with a design advertising the Sunshine Publishing Co. of Philadelphia.


Siegel begins sale of Grant Inman Collection with 19th century newspaper stamps

July 30, 2016 02:00 PM

The unique brilliant yellow-orange stamp depicting the Roman goddess Minerva, well-centered on bright white, ungummed paper typical of special printings, found a new owner for $356,500


Rare vending coil highlights Harmer-Schau’s APS Stampshow auction

July 16, 2016 09:00 AM

The auction offers United States and worldwide stamps and postal history, as well as U.S., worldwide, and foreign country collections. Collectors will find China with People’s Republic, France, Germany, a special delivery exhibit collection including Panama-Pacific small die proofs, other back-of-the-book material, and much more in the Aug. 4-6 auction.


Lots to look forward to in Regency-Superior’s APS Stampshow sale

July 15, 2016 11:00 AM

A half dozen U.S. postmasters’ provisionals are among the first lots to cross the auction block Saturday. Among the more desirable is an 1846 5¢ black Brattleboro, Vt., postmaster’s provisional (Scott 5X1) that Regency-Superior describes as having “ample margins,” including an “extra large top margin.”


Numerous notable U.S. errors featured in upcoming Siegel sale

July 10, 2016 02:00 PM

Also part of the sale will be a mint never-hinged single of the 1998 unissued “Yellow Hat” stamp.


Spink UK July 26-27 auctions: Great Britain, British Empire, worldwide

July 09, 2016 11:00 AM

Spink auctions in London to feature Lionheart collection and Spink Collector's Series sale.


Cover tops $250K at auction, expertizers wrong about color missing error: Week’s Most Read

July 08, 2016 09:30 AM

Also this week, we previewed APS Stampshow in our Monday Morning Brief video, learned about the world's first pictorial postage stamps, and analyzed a $5.74 million auction at World Stamp Show-NY 2016.


Confederate postmaster’s provisional sells for $108,000 at Christoph Gaertner sale

July 02, 2016 11:00 AM

It took the Confederate government a while to produce its first national stamp issue, so local postmasters stepped in and produced their own.


1857 cover bearing five examples of remarkable stamp tops $250,000 in Siegel sale

July 01, 2016 08:00 PM

The item was part of the William H. Gross collection of Hawaii that sold during World Stamp Show-NY 2016.


H.R. Harmer sells first piece of mail from the first German expedition to Antarctica

July 01, 2016 04:00 PM

It opened at a modest $1,000 and sold for $20,400, including the 20 percent buyer’s premium the Harmer firm adds to all lots.


Inverted Jenny doesn’t set records, but still tops Schuyler Rumsey sale

July 01, 2016 04:06 PM

The stamp had been reperforated at top at some time in the past by someone looking to improve the stamp’s aesthetic appearance.


German retail magnate’s collection dominates H.R. Harmer’s U.S. auction at WSS-NY 2016

July 01, 2016 04:02 PM

An 1862 cover bearing a Confederate postmaster’s provisional stamp of Marion, Va., was said to be one of just six examples in private hands.


Finest-graded Inverted Jenny sets record during Siegel's second day of WSS-NY sales

July 01, 2016 03:54 PM

In front of an overflow crowd of showgoers, the stamp, which came from position 58 in the original sheet, smashed all records to go for $1,351,250.


Kelleher’s WSS-NY 2016 sale topped by high-denomination World War I-era overprint

July 01, 2016 01:00 PM

The firm touted the sale as emblematic of their operation: combining better singles and sets with country collections and lots more appealing to dealers.


‘Possibly the rarest classic imperforate stamp of British North America’ highlights Schuyler Rumsey WSS-NY 2016 sale

July 01, 2016 09:00 AM

Just 1,000 were printed of this stamp, and most ended up being used. Only a few survive in unused condition.
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