August 15, 2017 09:00 AM

Auction Galleries Hamburg Sept. 1-2 sale offers U.S. postal history rarity

The stamps affixed are the 24¢ red lilac George Washington, the 30¢ orange Benjamin Franklin, and the 90¢ blue Washington — the top three stamps from the 1861-62 National Bank Note Co. set.

August 06, 2017 09:00 AM

Rare 1¢ 1857 Franklin discovered at Siegel Rarities sale

A highly desirable variety was spotted lurking in plain sight by a sharp-eyed philatelist browsing the Siegel 2017 Rarities of the World catalog.

August 06, 2017 07:00 AM

French, Russian rarities sprinkled all across recent sale from David Feldman

An exhibit collection of the postal history of the Trans-Siberian railroad, which in the early 1900s connected the European part of imperial Russia with its farthest-flung parts on the Pacific coast, was among many large lots also sold.

August 05, 2017 07:00 PM

Gaertner sells unissued Hepburn stamp for $176,000

The stamp featuring Hepburn was to have been part of a 2001 German semipostal set featuring international film stars.

July 29, 2017 07:00 PM

British Commonwealth and more headline Aug. 19-20 Rasdale auction in Chicago

The United States stamps in the Sunday auction session include many classic and later issues, along with airmails (including unused Zeppelins in sets and singles) and a few other back-of-the-book items.

July 15, 2017 09:00 AM

Harmer-Schau presents four-day auction at APS Stampshow in Richmond, Va.

Among the hundreds of U.S. stamp and postal history items is a rare top imprint plate block of four of the 1898 $2 orange-brown Mississippi River Bridge stamp from the Trans-Mississippi commemorative issue.

July 10, 2017 09:00 AM

Siegel’s July 25-26 auction offers classic U.S. with modern errors and more

The sale includes 19th- and 20th-century issues with back-of-the-book material, postal card essays, carriers and locals, encased postage, and more.

July 07, 2017 07:00 PM

Spink London auction features Great Britain stamps, proofs and essays, postal history, and much more

The auction also includes a selection of telegraph stamps, Official stamps, literature, and more.

July 02, 2017 01:00 PM

Harmer’s California sale features both valuable sheets and covers

Another lot featured a postal card, this time an issued one but with a surcharge that is unlisted in Scott.

July 02, 2017 09:00 AM

First use of stamp in U.S. tops $19,000 in Kelleher sale

The Kelleher sale offered a couple, including one addressed to New York City from a sender in Germany.

June 30, 2017 08:00 AM

Canada’s 1903 2¢ King Edward VII definitive led recent Sparks Auction

Sheets intended for booklets were laid out this way so that each pane of six would have a margin at left for binding the booklets.

June 29, 2017 05:24 PM

Krajcsovics Hungary collection shines at Spink sale

Not surprisingly, Hungary’s history is mirrored in its stamps, and you can get a pretty good grasp of the narrative through its complex philately.

June 20, 2017 09:00 AM

APS donates half a million stamps; Regency-Superior demise causes heartache

If cutting and pasting stamps to create collages exposes children to stamps and teaches them a profound history lesson, a few thousand stamps might be a small price to pay for introducing children to stamps.

June 14, 2017 05:00 PM

Jenny Invert last sold in 1974 reappears in upcoming Siegel auction series

The stamp is sound, with original gum that has been lightly hinged. It was purchased by the present owner in the Oct. 8, 1974, Siegel sale, and “kept out of light for the past 42 years.”

June 14, 2017 09:00 AM

Full range of international rarities and more at June 27-30 Feldman auctions

A four-day sale by the David Feldman auction firm in Onex, Switzerland (near Geneva), will present material from five international groupings.

June 13, 2017 09:00 AM

Mossgreen offers unissued Australian King Edward VIII stamp, one of six known

The auction also offers a used example of the well-known 1879 Western Australia 2d lilac Swan error of color (Scott 31a; described as mauve by Mossgreen and the Stanley Gibbons catalog).

June 06, 2017 09:00 AM

Vaccari sale results: trio of Italian States covers captures bidders’ attention

These three covers stood out for their frankings, postmarks, and postal historical significance before the unification of Italy in 1860.

June 05, 2017 02:00 PM

Two unissued German rarities headline Gaertner June 20-23 auctions

The pair of modern German rarities that are not supposed to exist feature the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow, and actress Audrey Hepburn.

June 04, 2017 09:00 AM

Oldest-known letter posted through the mails from Florida shines at Siegel sale

The letter traveled by ship via Philadelphia. A manuscript “Sh. 6” indicates that postage of 6 pence was collected — 2p for the ship passage and 4p for the overland trip to its destination in Norfolk

June 03, 2017 08:00 AM

Vintage 1939 Baseball Centennial die proof hits home run at May 12 Harmers auction

Among the notable philatelic forgeries in the sale, a cover bearing an 1847 5¢ Franklin (Scott 1), tied by fake “Steamer 5” cancels, sold for $318, while a cover with an 1847 10¢ Washington (2) and fake “Hunstville Ala.” and “10” in a circle of stars cancels brought $737.