United States 1851 1¢, type Ib, realizes $7,073 at Sam Houston Philatelics September auction

October 29, 2015 10:50 PM

Sam Houston Philatelics held a sale of Germany, U.S. and worldwide stamps in Houston on Sept. 19. The sale was previewed in Linn’s issue of Sept. 21.


Canada’s first stamp, showing major re-entry, tops Sparks fall auction

October 29, 2015 10:20 PM

Sparks Auctions, in Ottawa, held a sale of Canadian and worldwide stamps and covers Sept. 29-Oct. 1.


Newly discovered Vin Fiz cover increases total to nine; Spink to offer it during Nov. 18-19 New York auction

October 23, 2015 02:59 PM

The rare 1911 25¢ Rodgers Aerial Post Vin Fiz Flyer stamp (United States Scott CL2) is known as the first stamp in the world to depict an airplane. A recently discovered example on cover will be auctioned Nov. 19 by Spink USA in New York City.


Siegel to auction U.S. stamps, classic Hawaii from Atherton collection Oct. 27-29 in New York City

October 22, 2015 03:31 PM

An eye-catching array of top-quality United States stamps and Hawaii stamps and postal history will move across the auction block Oct. 27-29 at Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in New York City. The U.S. material will be sold in five sessions during the three-day span, and the Hawaii auction will take place the afternoon of Oct. 29, following the conclusion of the U.S. sale.


Grosvenor marks 100th auction with four specialized sales Nov. 9-12

October 22, 2015 04:24 PM

Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions of London, England, is planning four specialized sales of stamps and postal history to celebrate the 100th Grosvenor auction.


Kaiser Wilhelm invert tops $40,000 in Wurttembergisches Auktionhaus sale

October 15, 2015 03:24 PM

A rare inverted-center error from Germany was one of the top sellers in a Wurttembergisches Auktionhaus sale Sept. 11-12 in Stuttgart, Germany. The 5-mark stamp was issued before and during World War I, showing a red vignette of Kaiser Wilhelm II speaking before a crowd.


Upright $2 Jenny Invert pane featured in Kelleher auction Oct. 26-28

October 14, 2015 03:32 PM

While the Oct. 26-28 auction presents a wide range of classic issues, one highlight is from just two years ago: a complete pane of six of the upright variety of the U.S. $2 Jenny Invert issued Sept. 22, 2013 (Scott 4806d).


Siegel to offer 'Important Collection of United States Essays and Proofs' Nov. 17 in New York

October 14, 2015 03:31 PM

Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in New York City has announced a sale of “An Important Collection of United States Essays and Proofs,” which the auction catalog notes is “offered at unreserved auction by order of an anonymous collector.” The Nov. 17 sale presents a significant selection of more than 430 lots, including some unique items and others not previously listed in the 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers.


Pan-American Exposition invert realizes $18,400 at Aldrich sale

October 14, 2015 03:24 PM

Michael E. Aldrich of Carefree, Ariz., held a sale of U.S. and worldwide stamps Sept. 9-10 featuring a 4¢ Pan-American Exposition issue invert. The stamp, which shows an early electric automobile driving around Washington, D.C., has a black vignette in an elaborate deep red-brown frame.


John C. Fremont 1856 presidential campaign cover fetches $345 in McCusker sale

October 13, 2015 03:24 PM

James A. McCusker held a sale Sept. 2. One of the featured items was an 1856 cover with a two-part pictorial cachet from John C. Fremont’s presidential campaign. One vignette shows a battle scene from the West (Fremont was considered a military hero), and the other shows his portrait.


Dramatic Igor Sikorsky error block to be offered at Nov. 21-22 Regency-Superior Chicagopex auction

October 13, 2015 03:23 PM

The error is the 1988 36¢ multicolor Igor Sikorsky airmail stamp with the intaglio red, blue and black ink absent, an omission that eliminates the text and numeral inscriptions, as well as the image of the 1939 VS300 helicopter that normally appears on the stamp (Scott C119a).


China inverted surcharge sells for $149,500 in Cherrystone sale

October 12, 2015 03:23 PM

Cherrystone Auctions held a sale of United States, China and worldwide stamps and postal history Sept. 9-10 in New York. The sale was previewed in Linn’s issue of Sept. 7. Not surprisingly, the top realizations went to a pair of well-known rarities from China.


Much to choose from at H.R. Harmer’s Oct. 29-31 75th anniversary sale

October 12, 2015 08:18 AM

The Oct. 29-31 auction by H.R. Harmer is being celebrated by the firm as “The 75th Anniversary Sale.”


Classic Australia in Mossgreen auction of Arthur Gray collection

October 09, 2015 05:00 PM

Some of Australia’s great classic issues will head to the auction block when the Arthur Gray collection of King George V issues is dispersed by Mossgreen.


Astute auction house helps in recovery of stolen stamps from the Miller collection

October 09, 2015 02:00 PM

Linn’s managing editor Charles Snee reported the recovery of a block of three of the 1845 5¢ New York postmaster’s provisional stamp, once part of a block of 10 that was stolen from the Benjamin K. Miller collection in 1977.


Scarce cachet on Midway Island flight cover captures attention during eBay auction

October 05, 2015 04:54 PM

When this cover was listed on eBay in mid-September, it didn't take long for some knowledgeable collectors to recognize this piece of postal history for the gem that it is: an early trans-oceanic survey cover for a Pacific route that included Midway Island, which would become famous as the location of a pivotal 1942 naval battle during World War II.


Postal history and much more at Gaertner auction Oct. 19-24

October 05, 2015 03:31 PM

The upcoming sale offers worldwide single lots and collections, with special attention given to Asia, Germany and German states. Additional items showcase topicals, Europe and more.


Five years of Auction Roundup: What would you like to see covered?

October 02, 2015 10:51 PM

This month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby.
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