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Friday Feb 07, 2014 17:00 Australia/Sydney

Perhaps surprisingly, this is the first major public auction in this country devoted to the stamps of South Australia.  Michael Blake’s exceptional exhibit of the Perkins Bacon issues only was awarded a Large Gold Medal at Melbourne 2013, and was a candidate for the Grand Prix National.

In the relevant period South Australia issued more denominations than any of our other Colonies.  Consequently, the stamps of SA are the most colourful and visually appealing.  Throughout the sale you will find sensational singles, gorgeous blocks, and important postal history items, including high value frankings and unusual destinations.

Several world-class rarities are on offer.  The unissued 1/- violet  -  Ex Dale/Lichtenstein  -  is possibly the finest example known.  The London printing 2d with ‘CANCELLED’ handstamp has full margins.  The Imperf 1/- orange is a superior example.  The unique Rouletted 1/- yellow pairImperforate Between is on offer.

The highlight of the sale is an unused example of the 4d ultramarine with ‘3-PENCE’ Omitted SG 68c.  With only two unused and six used examples in private hands, this stamp is significantly rarer than the famous Inverted Frame of Western Australia, offered at about one-tenth of what we would put on the latter stamp.

Friday Feb 07, 2014 13:00 Australia/Sydney

Our first general sale for 2014 is another well-balanced offering of fine stamps, proofs, covers, postal stationery etc. 

British Empire collections are a strength of the miscellaneous section. An attractive range of photographs is followed by a strong offering of picture postcards, notably a collection of World War I humour cards offered by the album.

Australia features several very fine Two Pound Roos, and exciting corner blocks of 15 of the so-called “Chambon Essay” for the 1/- Large Lyrebird, in red and in blue!  A fine selection of airmail covers, both first flights and commercial mail will attract a lot of interest.

Moving on to Australian Colonies/States, New South Wales and Tasmania are well represented.  The sale of an unused 1d Sydney View for $26,450 in our sale of 8th November last, resulted in another superb Penny View being consigned for this auction.  A complete CTO set of South Australian Long Stamps to £20 are offered individually.  A sensational batch of 1870s covers from tiny settlements in the Northern Territory are offered at auction for the very first time.

Rest of the World includes colourful proofs from the Cook Islands, a very fine Falklands collection, a selection of the controversial ‘OPSO’ Handstamps from New Zealand, and a Pitcairns collection that includes the two earliest recorded stamped covers from that lonely outcrop.

The key section in the sale is the “Five Settings” collection of NWPI complete formes of 30 to 5/- x2 with most of the rarities including 1d and 2½d with margins, 1d Die II, 3d Die II and the famous 2½d with Missing Fraction.  Several blocks have major overprint varieties.  We also offer not one but two examples of the rare NWPI First Wmk 5/-!!

The sale concludes with a section of philatelic literature section, including very scarce early “name sale” auction catalogues.

Friday Nov 08, 2013 17:00 Australia/Sydney

Prestige Philately is proud to present their first public auction devoted to the fascinating world of postal stationery. Offerings include the outstanding collections of Australian Postal Cards and Wrappers formed by Melbourne collectors John Sinfield and Mark Diserio respectively.

John Sinfield, probably the Number One collector of Australian postal stationery and one of Australia's most accomplished exhibitors, has put together a Postal Cards collection that was awarded Large Gold at the international exhibition in China in 2009. This exhibit also won Large Gold - with Felicitations of the Jury - and the National Grand Prix at Sydney Stamp Show in 2011.

Mark Diserio has enjoyed a lower profile as a collector but both his Registration Envelopes and Wrappers (Large Vermeil at Australia 2013) have been accorded high marks in competition.

Combining elements of traditional stamp collecting and postal history, postal stationery is a field of great scope and inherent interest.

Essays, proofs, varieties and freaks - all elements of serious stamp collecting - are all in evidence here. Especially with the Kangaroo and KGV Sideface designs, such items compete for inclusion in collections of stamps and postal stationery. In fact, many sophisticated collectors hold to the view that designs common to both stamps and postal stationery are an integral part of the story of those stamp issues.

Postal history enthusiasts can also look to used postal stationery for evidence of rates, routes, and postal markings. It should be noted that some postal rates are actually best represented by postal stationery.

In addition, thematic or topical collectors can also find much of interest in the field of postal stationery. Scenic and other illustrated issues are obvious candidates but many subtle connections can also be identified by the experienced thematicist. Collectors of underpaid or registered mail, of advertising and official emissions, will also find much of interest here, including some of the rarest items in the latter fields.

It is these intertwined interests that reveal much of the appeal of postal stationery. This is a multi-faceted discipline that can engage on multiple levels.

In particular, I would draw your attention to what is surely the most comprehensive group of 1917 reissued reply postal cards ever assembled in one sale: Lots 2088 to 2095. Also of great note are the exceptional ½d+½d Kangaroo Reply Postal Card (Lot 2173) and the KGVI+Queen Mother “doubleton” Wrapper (Lot 2354).

Unsold lots available at 80% of estimate.

Friday Nov 08, 2013 13:00 Australia/Sydney

This auction contains a large number of attractive options for clients looking for new interest, from well-developed collections, through to remaindered lots and other offerings that could form the nucleus for a new passion.  
The auction includes beautiful single stamps, world-class rarities, exceptional postal history, and so on.  
This sale concludes with an extensive not-to-be-missed Literature section, including major handbooks and an array of “name sale” auction catalogues.  It’s a great opportunity to upgrade your personal philatelic library.

Unsold lots available at 80% of estimate.

Friday Aug 02, 2013 16:00 Australia/Sydney

At 5pm we are proud to present the exceptional collection of this underrated material formed by Sybrand Bakker from the Netherlands. 
This is certainly one of the finest and most extensive such collections ever formed and is sure to re-define the market. 
Highlights include major pieces from the proof sheets and trial sheets; probably the largest surviving blocks of the 2/- & 5/- Overprints; and an extensive array of varieties including in positional blocks and on cover.  The postal history includes the 5/- Thick Paper on parcel wrapper & the 5/- Thin Paper on parcel tag, plus examples of all the Australian-pattern datestamps on cover, and registration cachet errors.

Friday Aug 02, 2013 12:00 Australia/Sydney

At 1pm, our General Auction gets underway.  The Kangaroos feature very scarce used multiples, 1d monogram blocks, & a large-part sheet of the Third Wmk 1/- perf ‘OS’.  Highlights of the KGV Heads are a Perkins Bacon die proof & only the second example recorded of the Single Wmk 2d brown with the Watermark Inverted.  Other new discoveries are the Vic Centenary 2d with Double Perfs on commercial cover, and an extraordinary error block of the 24c Toadstool.

The highlight of the auction is the “Shades of Green” collection of Australian Postage Dues.  Included are many of the rarities of the subject. Most items have been off the market for decades.

All Australian Colonies are well represented, with lots of superb Classics throughout.  A feature is a range of the ever-popular South Australian Departmentals.  An unusual offering is a range of complete sheets from Tasmania.  We have two well-developed collections of Victoria from vendors in England, including singles and studies Ex Bill Purves.

As is often the case, our Pacific Islands offerings are diverse and compelling. From the Cook Islands we have an array of 1960s to 1990s artwork and proofs. Nauru is represented by an excellent range of “real” postal history, not the boring philatelic covers normally seen. The strongest section is an exceptional collection of the postal history of the Australian Occupation of New Guinea. New Zealand includes superb unmounted stamps and Auckland Exhibition postal cards.

All Australian Colonies are well represented, with lots of superb Classics throughout.  A feature is a range of the ever-popular South Australian Departmentals.  An unusual offering is a range of complete sheets from Tasmania.  We have two well-developed collections of Victoria from vendors in England, including singles and studies Ex Bill Purves.

Wednesday May 08, 2013 15:00 Australia/Sydney

This sale commences with a range of mixed lots, followed by the Cycling collection formed by stamp designer Graham Wade. Then we have a fascinating group of documents and ephemera including photographs and masonic paraphernalia. Next up are more than 3000 picture postcards, mostly from the extensive Australian holdings of the late Kevin Crotty from England.

Commonwealth of Australia includes more collections and numerous fine singles, notably from the ‘OS’ collection formed by Roy Cunliffe from England. Max Bulley from Melbourne has consigned his collection of commemorative datestamps on cover, and his Northern Territory collection (Lots 382-392). Other highlights are the 2/6d Aborigine with Watermark Sideways (Inverted), a very fine 1911 2/- booklet containing Victorian stamps, and a standard-size commercial cover with 6d Engraved Kookaburra.

We launch into the Rest of the World with one of the best offerings of Antarctic material seen in recent years. Paul Wales from New Zealand is well known as the owner of Classic Stamps in Christchurch, and as a dealer in Antarctic material. He chose to place his Large Gold Medal winning collection of the 1901-04 National Antarctic Expedition with us because he knew we would present his superb exhibit to its best advantage. Because of my personal interest in historical subjects, I am delighted to have been given this opportunity. The array of Robert Falcon Scott covers and memorabilia within these pages really is a treat.

As is often the case, our Pacific Islands offerings are diverse and compelling. From the Cook Islands we have an array of 1960s to 1990s artwork and proofs. Nauru is represented by an excellent range of “real” postal history, not the boring philatelic covers normally seen. The strongest section is an exceptional collection of the postal history of the Australian Occupation of New Guinea. New Zealand includes superb unmounted stamps and Auckland Exhibition postal cards.

Foreign countries are also represented. There is a fine collection of modern China and a well-developed collections from Liechtenstein and Portugal. Two lovely Papal States covers to Australia are featured. And there is a fascinating study of Japanese Military Postal Cards offered intact.

** We are pleased to give you the opportunity to do your philatelic shopping before the Exhibition commences, on 10th May. Then, like me, you will be able to focus on catching up with your friends, attending the numerous society meetings, and enjoying the culinary delights of the city regularly nominated as one of the most “liveable” in the world.

Wednesday May 08, 2013 12:00 Australia/Sydney

We are pleased to have been invited to prepare the collections formed by John Bell of Goulburn (NSW) for auction. John was a private man who had no interest whatsoever in exhibiting. His passion was research, and that caused him to acquire large quantities of the stamps in which he was most interested. His Diadems include the best array of major retouches we have seen. The Middle Period and Commonwealth era are full of interesting varieties. He liked the imperforate errors of the Centennial issue and acquired a significant holding of this material. His ‘SPECIMEN’ stamps are at least the equal of the late Bill McCredie. He liked blocks, and he liked complete sheets. And he had a real thing for postal stationery.

In fact, if John was interested in leaving a philatelic legacy it would have been for his ground-breaking research into the technical aspects of postal stationery production in New South Wales. His numerous articles on stationery-related subjects are evidence of that. At the time of his death he was the co-ordinator for a comprehensive catalogue of this attractive material. Much of the background work had been completed so hopefully others can now pull the catalogue into shape. John deserves no less.

John’s Tasmanian stamps are a very different collection from his New South Wales. In fact, it is so different that it has the appearance of having been assembled by a different person! For John, Tasmania was more about acquiring all the different printings and shades, in effect filling the pages of a specialised album. Again, there are lots of unusual items including a number of very rare imperforate-between errors, and numerous blocks. But there is nothing like the quantity of supporting material that is a hallmark of his New South Wales.

Other comparisons between the two collections are also rather interesting. The NSW postal history is rather limited. However, the Tasmanian covers are of surprising quality and interest. I say “surprising” because “everyone” thought John had sold all of his Tasmanian postal history some years ago. The material offered here - including many lovely items from the Enrico Bombieri collection - was retained.

John had also a number of years ago sold his Chalon blocks (through Prestige) and his Tasmanian revenues. So, again, to see what he had held back is a minor revelation.

Tuesday May 07, 2013 15:00 Australia/Sydney

Based on recent auction results around the world, it is quite clear that stamps and covers of the Australian Colonies are experiencing something of a Renaissance. A steady flow of outstanding material has resulted in greater buyer interest, and fine results for vendors.

We are very pleased with how this sale has come together. Note that there are only very minor areas of overlap between this auction and that for John Bell’s New South Wales and Tasmania. Even in those few instances where similar items are offered, they tend more to complement than compete with one another.

A case in point is David McNamee’s Gold Medal exhibit of the postal markings from Tasmania’s First Numeral Allocation period. This is the most comprehensive such collection ever to be offered at auction, and it occupies 32 pages of this catalogue.

We are delighted to be offering the “Brussells Find” of blocks and sheetlets (!) of the Echuca Railway stamps, Murray River Steam Navigation carrier stamps and Torres Strait Settlements “phantoms”. We have never before seen anything like it.

Collectors of carrier stamps will be pleased to see the material consigned by Jon Tiernan, a civil engineer from rural New South Wales. John’s comprehensive collection of the 19th century carrier stamps of the Australian Colonies is a feature of the sale. These generally large and visually appealing issues are striking for both their appearance and their rarity.

One field that appears recently to have attracted new collectors is pre-stamp mail. This is an area populated by numerous ugly and often badly defective items. The material offered in this sale is generally far above-average, both in terms of quality and genuine postal history and/or postmark interest. Exceptional items will be found listed under New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.

Quality issues are also the norm when considering Classic stamps. Many people, unfortunately, seem to think that because a stamp is “old”, it should be accepted in whatever condition it comes. Frankly, most stamps of the 1850s and 1860s are somewhere between ugly and horrible, or have nasty concealed faults or repairs. In many cases, they are unworthy of space in one’s albums.

However, a beautiful Classic stamp of true colour and fresh appearance, with full margins and, for used items, a neat postmark, is a joy to behold. This catalogue is full of such very fine to gem-quality stamps, some of them among the very best examples known.

Friday Feb 22, 2013 17:00 Australia/Sydney

Prestige Philately is starting 2013 with a BANG!!  On Friday 22nd February, we are conducting not one but TWO public auctions.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:  Apparently nobody in the Western Australia Study Group has previously heard of Trevor Hiscock.  Our catalogue has really put the cat among the pigeons.  Superb Classics, strong Middle Period, rare Specimens, and exceptional Commonwealth Period, will all have the stampies in a lather.  A select group of covers includes a number of rare items, both from our Cecil Walkley sale in December 2010, and from other sources, including ebay!

Trevor was especially interested in Postal Stationery and the offering here is the best to come onto the market since Margaret Hamilton’s, way back in March 1999.

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”.