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    Dec 15, 2015, 11:37 AM

    Germany rarities, China first-day covers shine at Gaertner auction

    The Gaertner sale included tens of thousands of lots in a catalog that ran to 10 volumes, ranging from single stamps and covers to large lots and estate holdings, covering the world from old German States to faraway lands, including an extensive array of stamps by topic.

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    Dec 15, 2015, 08:42 AM

    John Adams naval letter, Civil War 'prize court cover' among highlights of Rumsey sale

    The firm of Schuyler J. Rumsey held its Fall Sale from Oct. 20-23 in San Francisco, including many fascinating items with great stories to tell.

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    Dec 13, 2015, 08:43 AM

    Northern Rhodesia Queen Elizabeth II block eclipses $25,000 in Victoria Stamp Co. sale

    Victoria Stamp Co., operated by longtime dealer Phoebe A. MacGillivary of Sharon Springs, N.Y., held an auction of British Commonwealth stamps and postal history at the Collectors Club in New York on Dec. 5. Items ranged from inexpensive single stamps to large lots and collections. A newly discovered lower-margin plate-number block of four Northern Rhodesia 6-penny stamps (Scott 68), showing Queen Elizabeth II and several African animals, boasted another kind of variety generally not listed in the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue: an inverted watermark. The error is listed in the Stanley Gibbons catalog as number 68w, and in Pierron’s online catalog of Great Britain and Commonwealth stamps during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, including errors and varieties, as ZMB136a.

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    Dec 12, 2015, 08:43 AM

    Pan-American Expo first-day cover realizes $21,240 at H.R. Harmer sale

    H.R. Harmer celebrated its 75th anniversary with a large sale spanning Oct. 29-31 at the firm’s headquarters near Los Angeles. A broad array of U.S. and worldwide material included numerous exciting items. A May 1, 1901, first-day cover of the U.S. Pan-American Exposition issue (Scott 294-299) bore a fabulous gold embossed cachet for the fair, depicting two allegorical figures nestling into the outlines of North and South America.

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    Dec 12, 2015, 08:43 AM

    Nova Scotia mourning cover fetches $97,850 in Spink sale

    Spink, in New York, offered the Charles Adams collection of United States and Canada on Nov. 18, and held its Fall Collector’s Series sale Nov. 18-19. A beautiful, unused example of Canada’s 12-penny black Queen Victoria of 1851 on laid paper (Scott 3) sold for $83,475, including Spink’s buyer’s premium of 15 percent plus $100 on items selling for more than $2,000. This stamp, never popular with the public at the time of issue and withdrawn after just 1,450 examples were sold, is far scarcer unused than used.

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    Dec 12, 2015, 08:43 AM

    Pair of unissued King George V designs top $129,000 at Mossgreen sale in Melbourne

    In Melbourne, Mossgreen auctioned the Arthur Gray collection of Australia on Oct. 30. Gray, an international exhibitor who died earlier this year, had built a collection that the auction firm called “the most extraordinary collection of Australian stamps of this generation, or any other.”

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    Dec 11, 2015, 04:35 AM

    Upright Jenny Invert sheet sells at auction, new Purple Heart variety available: Week's Most Read

    It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news. Linn's Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week. Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order.

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    Dec 9, 2015, 11:36 AM

    1920 Germania with rare quatrefoil watermark tops $65,000 in Aix-Phila auction

    Aix-Phila of Aachen, Germany, is one of 80 to 100 active stamp-auction firms in that country. It has been run by the same team since 1987 and holds two auctions a year, in May and in November. Its Nov. 27-28, 2015, sale was previewed on the front page of Linn’s issue of Nov. 23. The standout item was a newly discovered watermark variety on a Germany 2-mark Germania definitive stamp of 1920. The normal (and quite common) 2m stamp, with a watermark consisting of a continuous pattern of lozenges, is listed in the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 as Scott 131, with a value in unused condition of 60¢, rising to $2.25 if the gum has never been hinged.

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    Dec 8, 2015, 11:41 AM

    Graded 98 upright Jenny Invert sheet goes for $67,850 at Kelleher sale

    In October, Daniel F. Kelleher auctioned a sheet of six of the modern United States rarities known as the $2 upright Jenny Invert stamps. About 29 of the 100 sheets printed are known. This example, expertized and graded superb 98, sold for $67,850.

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    Dec 8, 2015, 11:37 AM

    Canada 50¢ 'Bluenose' stamps perform well at Eastern Auctions sale

    Eastern Auctions, based in Bathurst, New Brunswick, held a sale of Canada and British North America stamps and postal history on Oct. 23-24 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The sale included a lengthy run of what many consider Canada’s most beautiful stamp of all time, the 50¢ “Bluenose,” a 1929 pictorial definitive showing the schooner of that name.

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    Dec 8, 2015, 09:00 AM

    Siegel International auction Dec. 9-10 features Killien collection

    The upcoming sale In New York City from Robert A. Siegel International includes stamps from the F. Christian Killien, M.D., collection.

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    Dec 8, 2015, 08:44 AM

    Rejoined Hawaii 13¢ Missionary pair hammered down for $54,625 at Siegel auction

    Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries held a sale of U.S. material on Oct. 27-29, and a sale of Hawaii on Oct. 29. Both sales were previewed in Linn’s issue of Oct. 26. Siegel’s Hawaii sale featured a number of the famous early Missionary stamps, including a pair of the 13¢ issue inscribed “H.I. & U.S. Postage” (Scott 4).

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    Dec 3, 2015, 05:43 AM

    Auctioneer Christoph Gaertner: ‘I believe in stamps’

    If there’s a secret to Christoph Gaertner’s success, it’s a simple one: He might be one of the hardest working people in the stamp business. In just a few years, Gaertner has built his firm from scratch to the point where, three or four times a year, he conducts what is probably the world’s largest philatelic auction by volume.

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    Nov 26, 2015, 11:32 AM

    Cherrystone auctions Dec. 1-3 feature worldwide, including Pedneault Ireland collection, classic Brazil

    Cherrystone Auctions of New York City will present three sales Dec. 1-3, offering United States and worldwide stamps and covers, the John Pedneault collection of Ireland, and specialized Brazil from 1843 to 1893.

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    Nov 25, 2015, 09:13 AM

    United States, Canada, worldwide material offered Dec. 11-12 in Matthew Bennett auction in New York

    Matthew Bennett International is conducting an unreserved public auction Dec. 11-12 in New York City.

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    Nov 20, 2015, 09:37 AM

    Schuyler J. Rumsey auction Dec. 11-12 offers postal history, medicine stamps

    Every collector knows that philately is steeped in history, and that fact is well documented by the material offered in the upcoming two-day auction series from Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions of San Francisco, Calif.

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    Nov 20, 2015, 05:41 AM

    Kelleher to auction unused compound-perf 1¢ Washington block in Dec. 8-10 Flagship Series sale

    A 20th-century United States rarity is one of the featured items in the Daniel F. Kelleher Flagship Series auction taking place Dec. 8-10 at the firm’s galleries in Danbury, Conn.

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    Nov 19, 2015, 11:36 AM

    Newly discovered unique mint Germania watermark variety to be offered in German auction

    An outstanding stamp rarity, just recently discovered, will be offered at the 57th auction of Aix-Phila Briefmarken in Aachen, Germany, Nov. 27-28. The 1920 mint condition stamp is Germany’s 2-mark carmine and blue Germania, printed on paper with the quatrefoils (crucifer flower) watermark. The stamp is unique in mint condition.

  • qatar-1967-registered-cover-sheik-ahmad-gold-foil-stamps-ebay-auction
    Nov 18, 2015, 11:36 AM

    Registered 1967 cover bearing Qatar Sheik Ahmad set tops $1,100 in eBay auction

    The genesis of the American Philatelic Society's Black Blot program against speculative stamps provides historical perspective that explains why a 1967 registered cover from Qatar recently sold for almost $1,200 in an online auction.

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    Nov 12, 2015, 11:32 AM

    Cantor collection of Small Queens stamps, postal history in Nov. 24 Sparks auction

    The auction firm Sparks in Ottawa, Canada, will offer the Daniel Cantor collection of Canada’s Small Queens stamps and postal history in a Nov. 24 public auction. More than 520 lots will be auctioned in the Sparks auction room.