Auction #177 is our last sale for the year. As usual, it is a wide-ranging offering with “something for everyone”.
As usual, we commence with a group of collections and miscellaneous lots including several very good opportunities. Our “Thematics & Subjects” section is larger than usual, and features an array of unissued imperforate miniature sheets, followed by Max Shekleton’s “Air Mails of the Pacific”.
Our best ever offering of gold coins, including 38 very fine to superb Australian sovereigns, and the world’s largest circulation gold coin (Lot 147), is a feature of the sale. There are also a number of banknote lots on offer. Then follows a small but appealing range of picture postcards.
The Commonwealth of Australia section offers numerous unusual and rare items, especially in the KGV section, where you will find many very scarce shades and varieties, some of which are unlisted. There’s even a stamp catalogued at $20,000 with an estimate of only $500!
The principal showcase section of the sale is the reference collection of Australian Postal Stationery formed by Andy Jansen from Adelaide. This is the most extensive Postal Stationery offering for quite some time. It includes many very scarce items, and a number of rarities. In the absence of a comprehensive catalogue of Australian stationery, our listings are the most relevant and up-to-date of any publication.
A quarter of the sale is devoted to the Australian Colonies/States. All aspects are strongly represented, from Classics through postal history to postal stationery. Les Molnar has instructed us to re-offer his unsold Victorian stamps and covers, many at greatly reduced estimates!
Moving on to the Rest of the World, we have some unusual foreign material from Europe, the French Community, the Middle East and the United States. British Empire collectors will find much to interest them, including a number of superb Classic stamps. The Great Britain is quite strong. It includes a huge Elizabethan collection in 17 albums, a superb mint £5 orange, and several unmounted blocks of Seahorses.
Finally, there is an extensive array of philatelic literature including important handbooks and scarce auction catalogues. Much of this material is “as new”, including some 40 titles in the Proud Bailey “Postal History of…” series.