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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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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