Lot 862 New Zealand #VP-5 1899 Rare Special Post Stamp Overprinted in Blue “MAROTIRI / Pigeongram”, of which only 240 were printed. Mint hinged with sheet margin at right, signed by Aimé Brun (Paris) and purchased from Stanley Gibbons in 1973. ACS VP-5 (c.v. NZ$7,500) Estimate $1,000 sold for C$1,600.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
We are very pleased to announce our 32nd public auction. This is another exciting sale for us, as we have been again entrusted to sell a wide variety of interesting and impressive material by many different consignors. We also take pride in announcing that from now on, we will endeavor to include either a scan or a photograph online with each and every lot. We think this is yet another step, along with our exacting descriptions and live internet bidding, in helping our customers from around the world to have easy access to our auctions.
Lot 1379 British Commonwealth Mint and Used Collection in seven albums to 1953, an old time collection on quadrille pages with strength in the George VI reign. The collection is often parallel with mint and used copies present. For some stamps, blocks or additional mint or used copies are also present. A major feature of this collection is attention to printing varieties, watermarks and watermark positions; these have been carefully annotated by the collector. We noted the exceptional fresh colours of the mint stamps all through the collection. Coverage varies from one colony to the other. We noted better coverage of British Honduras, Gibraltar, Hong Kong and South-West Africa among others. New Zealand is well represented with mostly used stamps. No Canada, Australia (the former Australian states are represented) or India. An exceptional collection that merits close inspection. Estimate $1,200, sold for C$2,200.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.