The 2018 Gems of Philately auction was organised by Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions on 10th December while a different sale of foreign stamps and covers was conducted on 11 and 12th December.
A mint horizontal pair of the 1851 12¢ grey-black George Washington stamp on part India paper was auctioned with an opening bid of $47,500. The never hinged pair has big margins with seven adjoining stamps on three sides and a sheet margin at the left. The stamp features deep fresh impressions on brilliant paper.
The US section included Western covers, fancy cancels and interesting stamps of Hawaii and the Confederate States. World stamps from Nova Scotia, New Zealand, France and Mexico were also offered.
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