David Feldman will be auctioning interesting and rare postage stamps from all around the world from 3rd to 7th December in Geneva.
One of the highlights is a complete plate reconstruction of the 1840 1-penny black Queen Victoria stamp with 240 Penny Blacks, which will be offered at an estimated value of £90,000 to £100,000. All stamps feature four margins with a clear Maltese Cross cancellation. The collection includes a strip of six, a block of four, two horizontal pairs, one vertical pair and two stamps with inverted watermarks. The remaining stamps are fine to very fine singles.
A lightly hinged unused 1912 500-rupee red and green King George V stamp on greenish paper watermarked multiple Crown and CA, issued for East Africa and Uganda Protectorates, will be offered at the event along with a 1999 British Philatelic Association certificate. The stamp has a listed market value of $40,000 and is being offered for a presale estimate of £30,000 to £35,000.
Another unique offering is an 1859 folded letter that was mailed from an English merchant in Bogata, Colombia, to his brother in Hamburg. The cover contains five first-issue Colombian stamps namely, 5-centavo and 20c stamp on the front with a Bold “9.” handstamp, a pair of the 20c stamps and one 10c stamp with the same handstamp at the back. All stamps have big margins. The cover also features a British post office Cartagena dated backstamp, a London dated transit marking and a Hamburg Prussian mail dated backstamp. The item is offered along with a 1980 Royal Philatelic Society certificate for an estimated value of €30,000.
A set of three imperforate sheets of Israel’s 1948 Doar Ivri 250-mil, 500m and 1,000m stamps will also be offered. Only three such sheet sets are known today. A special collection of 1865-90 Waterbury, Conn., cancellations is another highlight. The collection contains 123 stamps and 220 covers or cards and it was once owned by Bill Gross.
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