China stamps sold for thousands at auction

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Examples of Chinese stamps and postal history continue to achieve impressive sale prices at auction, as our latest auction round-up reveals.

The cover shown below was recently sold by Christoph Gaertner for £9,579.

Sent to Switzerland in 1900 and described as ‘stunning’, the cover features small figure surcharge 1 C./1 Ca. resp. 2 C./2 Ca. with coiling dragon 1/2 C., 1 C., 2 C., 4 C. brown, 5 C. (2) tied bisected bilingual ‘CANTON 26 JUN 00’ in combination with a Hong Kong, QV 10 C lilac on rose, tied by two strikes boxed ‘I.P.O.’ and ‘HONG KONG A JU 27 00’. With large bold ‘R’ and on address side early two-line bilingual ‘REGISTERED’ mark.

SOLD FOR £9,579

A good example of a used 1878 5ca yellow was recently sold at Corinphila Auctions in Zurich. The stamp was on thin paper, and was described as ‘a superb well centred used example, lightly cancelled in blue.’

SOLD FOR £221

In the same Corinphila Auctions sale, a 1907 Imperial Chinese Railway Administration envelope sent registered to Shanghai fetched 320 Swiss Francs. The cover features a 1c brownish orange and three 2c deep red stamps, tied by ‘SIANGTAN’ chops with a registered cachet at left and reverse with ‘Changsha’ transit (May 16) and ‘Registered / Shanghai’ squared circle of arrival (May 22).

SOLD FOR £252

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The recent sale of China material at Christoph Gärtner in Germany included a block of twelve 1980 Year of the Monkeystamps, with good corner margins, ‘unfolded between the stamps, in very good condition’. 

SOLD FOR £12,500

The sale of China material at Christoph Gärtner in Germany also featured an unusual and very rare 5c stamp from the Yanfu District of East China, issued in 1944. SOLD FOR £4,650

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