Stamps and postal history in Oct. 14-18 Gaertner auction
By Michael Baadke
The Oct. 14-18 Christoph Gaertner philatelic auction in Germany is organized in seven catalog volumes of stamps, postal history and large lots from around the world.
Two catalogs are dedicated to the Far East: one for China and another for general Asia.
Another two catalogs cover the world by country and by topic.
Two more catalogs are for Germany and Europe, respectively. The seventh catalog offers German and European postal history.
An eighth catalog is focused on picture postcards.
The wide range of offerings provides opportunities for collectors at all levels, with more than a few surprising rarities in the mix.
A tete-beche pair of the imperforate 1853 French 1-franc carmine Emperor Napoleon III stamp has the portrait of France’s final monarch positioned upside down on one stamp, looking directly at his right-side-up companion.
The stamps are postmarked with a DS2 dotted lozenge cancel and have been repaired, according to the pair’s 2018 Pascal Scheller certificate.
The lot is listed with a starting price of €12,000 (approximately $13,225 in late September).
A postal history offering from Russia is a registered mail cover franked with 15 stamps: 14 of the 1875 black and red 2-kopeck on vertically laid paper including a vertical block of 10, plus one 3k stamp.
The block of 10 is the largest known multiple of this already scarce variety.
The cover is listed with a starting price of €130,000 ($143,260).
The United States offerings include numerous stamped envelopes, both used and unused.
For more information about the Gaertner auction series, visit the Gaertner website or contact Christoph Gaertner Auctions, Steinbeisstrasse 6+8, 74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.
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