11 March 2021
A Mexican Air Post rarity, a high value stamp from South East Asia, and a remarkable Swiss canton cover… find out what these and other items fetched in our latest auction round-up.
Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers recently sold a bottom sheet block of four the Mexican 1936 20c lake ‘Eagleman’.
According to the lot description ‘this is the only existing block of this elusive and popular stamp, certainly the greatest Air Post rarity from Mexico, ex-Weston collection (where it was sold in 1980 for $60,500 at Sotheby’s-Parke Bennett auction in New York City’.
SOLD FOR £22,983
Spink’s South East Asia sale also included this fresh looking 1928 Federated Malay States $25 green and orange, which was called ‘a most attractive example of this rare high value.’
SOLD FOR £850
Corinphila Auctions AG in Zurich recently offered a remarkable cover featuring three Zurich cantonal issues.
The pair of Zurich 6 types are said to be the first and second stamp of the sheet of 100 with sheet margin on the left and almost complete embossed seal of the Sihl paper mill. The stamps on the cover were described as being ‘delicately and cautiously stamped with two black Zurich rosettes.
A ‘showpiece of Old Switzerland’, the cover was sent by the notary’s office in Greifensee. The auctioneers explained: ‘There is only one other letter with a combination franking, each with a single value of the Zurich 4 and Zurich 6, probably to settle the double postage at a rate of nine cents.’
SOLD FOR £421,534
The third part of the Brian Moorhouse Estate collection went under the hammer at Corinphila AG, and featured many South American rarities and proofs, amongst the highlights was an unused block of four 18731 peso dull yellow from Guatemala.
The auction catalogue stated: ‘Despite the imperfections this is a magnificent block in the circumstances - whilst Lind / Goodman recorded eight pairs of this stamp… this is the sole recorded block of four of this stamp. A rarity of Central American and classic philately.’
SOLD FOR £4,683
The Michael Rogers Online sale featured a 1902, Chinese Imperial Post, unwatermarked, $5 green & salmon horizontal pair, which was described as ‘remarkably fresh with crisp printing on immaculate paper’.
SOLD FOR £318
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