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Australia
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.

Australia
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.

Australia
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.

Australia
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.

Australia
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.

Australia
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”.

Australia
Friday Feb 22, 2013 13:00 Australia/Sydney

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

GENERAL AUCTION: Australian highlights are a number Kangaroo KGV and KGVI rarities; the best collection formed of commercial covers with 1956 Olympics postmarks; Monica Comrie’s World War II Northern Territory; and a few sensational postal stationery items.

New South Wales is particularly strong with a range of superb Classics formerly in Mark Dankin’s “Carrington” collection, and the best pre-stamp offering we have presented since our sale of Brian Peace’s collection in July 2009.  There are some fascinating historical letters included.

All other Colonies have select items available: stamps, proofs, covers, and postmarks.

This sale also features wonderful material from Christmas Island (Indian Ocean) and Cocos Islands from an American vendor.  This is the best such offering since we sold Kim Dwyer’s Cocos in June 2006.

Pacific Islands have not been neglected, and nor have our bidders seeking collections: you will fine many opportunity lots under the various country headings etc.

Australia
Friday Dec 07, 2012 13:00 Australia/Sydney

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.

Australia
Friday Oct 12, 2012 12:00 Australia/Sydney

This is one of the most exciting sales we have ever had the pleasure of assembling.  From a fantastic array of almost 1500 Pacific Islands postcards from Don Welsh (the Fiji) and Max Shekleton, to the most important and extraordinary “original find” of proof material we have ever handled, this auction is full of superb rarities and  other desirable material.     
Gerald Patterson has consigned his award-winning collection of Fiji.  With strength in the early issues, Postage Dues, and rare covers, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
New Guinea is very strong, with emphasis on the German Period  -  Michael Courtis’s collection  -  and the GRI Overprints  -  from Peter Moverley  -  including some very rare and appealing items. 
New Zealand includes superb original artwork by James Berryand a fine selection of the ever-popular advertising stamps from Charles & Francis Kiddle
The extensive Papuan listings occupy 40 pages and comprise the strongest and most diverse array since we sold Peter Troy’s magnificent collection.  Paul Zatulove has contributed his stamps, with numerous exceptional pieces including two Inverted Aeroplanes.  Roger Lee’s missionary mail  -  including the earliest recorded mail into British New Guinea  -  and ship mail are featured.  And we are proud to offer the remarkable archive of 1930s essays and proofs from the family of one-time Papuan Treasurer EC Harris.
John McNabb has consigned what is perhaps the finest collection of Papua New Guinea ever formed.  With proofs, unissued stamps, a terrific array of Postal Charges and all the rare postmarks, this will be an absolute feast for collectors of the Australian Territories.

If you collect any Pacific Islands subject, this is one sale not to be missed.

Australia
Friday Aug 17, 2012 02:00 Australia/Sydney

Our August auction is another wide-ranging and interesting sale. It commences with a various collections, a handy selection of coins and banknotes, and picture postcards. Commonwealth of Australia features a small but attractive selection of Kangaroos. The KGV section includes the first mint example we have seen of the 1d violet (aniline) BW #76G, and a watermark error catalogued at $40,000. A highlight is the collection of the 1927 Canberra stamp including a fine Imperf-Between pair, ‘OS’ Omitted in pair with normal, a really unusual Double Offset, and a complete set of Plate Number blocks. Also notable are KGVI Thin Paper varieties and a superb example of the 3mm ‘SPECIMEN’ overprint on the £2 Arms. Postal history includes some very desirable items. There is also a range of flight covers to unusual destinations. Australian Colonies again is a strong section of the sale. We kick off with Charity stamps of the Colonies, including a number of very scarce items, notably a First Day Cover for the Victorian Boer War issue. New South Wales includes very attractive classics, perforation errors and Officials, a Takuma forgery of the 2d Emu, a nice section of Postage Dues, and two exceptional pre-stamp covers. From Queensland, there are fine groups of Chalons and Sidefaces. Tasmania includes a very fine range of Classics, notably a Chalon die proof and a new find of five early covers - one with London Printings 1d pair & 4d - with manuscript cancellations. Highlight of the Victoria is a comprehensive collection of Postage Dues including the Mixed Perfs ½d SG D34ba and the unissued 5d both mint & CTO, plus a selection of taxed covers. Local Stamps are the pick of the Western Australia, with complete sheets of the Coolgardie Cycle Express 1/- and 2/6d plus three covers. We also have an 1835 entire to Hobart and a wonderful 1852 cover from Mauritius that was missent to Perth in Scotland before making its way to the Swan. The British Empire material in this sale is among the best offerings we have had. There is an extensive collection of Canada including superb Imperfs and a magnificent mint block of 9 of the 5c Beaver. From Ceylon, we have the “Kandy” Collection, with fine stamps and proofs from Imperfs to independence, including a spectacular surcharge error block and three rare booklets. John Dibiase from Perth has contributed his exhibit of the world’s first stamp, including Penny Black proofs, a plated set of singles, used block of 4, 1d Plate XI on cover etc. Also from Great Britain, we have a delightful and rare Ocean Penny Post envelope that must be one of the finest such items in existence. The Hong Kong is the best such collection we have offered, including an unused set of the first issue, several rare surcharges formerly in the Royal Collection, and the rare Annigoni $10 on Glazed Paper. India is highlighted by fine Classics including a magnificent 4a pair and two very unusual proof items. New Zealand includes several lots of Advertising Stamps. From South Africa we have 1d and 4d “Woodblocks” offered as one lot. Rounding out the sale, we have a collection of Postal Stationery from Zanzibar. The foreign material is relatively light on but from China we do have a solid PRC collection. There is also a fine group of better 1930s sets from Italy, a set of Nyassa Inverted Centres, and two meaty collections of United States stamps. To round out the sale, there is a handy range of Literature including better titles and some rare early auction catalogues.