HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM GANDHI

1942 Complete handwritten letter from Gandhi to Sir Francis Wylie, with printed header of Sevagram (the place of Mohandas Gandhi’s ashram), with poignant end note about the war (“if anywhere at this time life could be called pleasant”) and signed “M K Gandhi” at the end.
Also including a letter from Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, a fellow activist in the India Independence movement, with the same printed header to Sir Francis Wylie, with interesting content about Gandhi and her beliefs of peace during WWII: “It is good to be back with Gandhi. He is the only person today who possesses good will for everyone on earth as well as faith in mankind”

Transcription:
Rajkumari showed me your letter containing reference to one. I must plead guilty. I was angry over what I considered to be unworthy of you of whom I had glowing accounts. I had been told that you were a follower of Tolstoi [the Russian writer] I could not very well write to you about my great grief. For though I have accepted your objective, I was more grieved than angry needless to say that I would have been deli

ghted to have your son with me. He would have enjoyed the novel life at Sevagram. And of course I was and am sorry that we could not meet each other though we were so near each other. I hope that you are having a pleasant time in Afghanistan, if anywhere at this time life could be called pleasant. M K Gandhi
Estimate: € 15’000 – € 20’000

This exceptional letter will be offered in our upcoming Indian auction which will take place in Geneva on May 26, 2014.

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Press Release: The John E. du Pont “British Guiana” to be sold by David Feldman S.A.

Geneva, February 18, 2014

The John E. du Pont “British Guiana” Collection to be sold by David Feldman S.A. on June 27, 2014

John E. du Pont earned fame and notoriety for his position as a beneficiary of the Du Pont chemical company fortune and regrettably later in his life, for responsibility of the death of Olympic gold medal wrestler Dave Schultz in 1996, for which he was convicted and spent the last years of his life in prison. However, little is known about his fame and honours as a stamp collector!

John du Pont always had an interest in stamps and stamp collecting and formed several fine collections including those of Canada and its pre-dominion provinces such as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, as well as Samoa, Falkland Islands and some Eastern European areas.

However, his greatest philatelic accomplishment was the building of a great collection of the old British Colony known as British Guiana; du Pont achieved no less than 5 Grand Prix Awards including a National, International and Grand Prix d’Honneur at various international philatelic exhibitions which ranked him third in the all-time list of multiple Grand Prix winners in 2000.
However, his most coveted and treasured win was that Grand Prix for the British Guiana at the Ameripex International Exhibition in Chicago, 1986. Here he showed, along with the collection, the famous ONE CENT stamp of 1856 often credited as the most valuable stamp in the world – indeed du Pont had bought this stamp for a then world record price of $935,000 in 1980.

Since his death in December 2010 many rumours hinted to the sale of the Collection and the famous One Cent stamp; these rumours are now confirmed by recent announcements by Sotheby’s where it is thought that their offer of the One Cent on June 17 in New York, may well break down the barriers of the philatelic market and attract a buyer outside the philatelic world.

Today, the well-known stamp auction company of David Feldman announced that it has been selected to offer du Pont’s Grand Prix Collection of British Guiana including over 200 individual items including great single rarities with mint, used and original covers, at its own auction ten days later in Geneva, Switzerland.

The collection will be offered on June 27 in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

About David Feldman
David Feldman is one of the world’s leading philatelic auction houses and currently holds the records for having sold the most expensive single stamp (The Treskilling Yellow of Sweden for CHF 2,875,000 in 1996) and the most expensive philatelic item (The Mauritius Bordeaux Cover sold at CHF 6,123,500 in 1993), and numerous other records. It has offices in Geneva, Hong Kong and New York City.

For more information, please contact  +41 22 727 07 77, or via e-mail at info@davidfeldman.com

 

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Press Release: The Koichi Sato “Tasmania” Collection to be sold by David Feldman S.A.

Geneva, February 18, 2014

The Koichi Sato Tasmania Collection to be sold by David Feldman S.A. on June 27, 2014

“I love the stamps of the British Empire, and chose to collect Tasmania because it represented for me dignity, beauty and rarity”, said Koichi Sato, Japanese stamp collector, who won the National Grand Prix in Australia in 1999 for his marvellous collection. “Collecting a distant land, not so well known and with very few important pieces surviving today also provided me with a great challenge and for which I could be judged by my peers all over the world”.

And so he was judged again fourteen years later when he presented the collection once more and won the Grand Prix d’Honneur last year at the Melbourne International Exhibition. This award is given for the best collection among collections that have already achieved the highest awards!

Tasmania, which used to be known as Van Diemen’s Land, was named after the explorer and Governor General of the Dutch East Indies, Abel Tasman who first sighted the island in 1642. After being settled by the British in 1803, it was used as a penal colony until 1853 and was part of the existing colony of New South Wales; in 1856 it became a separate colony and was renamed Tasmania. With over 75,000 mostly illiterate convicts being transported to Tasmania, there were few penal residents who could read or write and as a result little correspondence is known from the early times and thus its early stamps and stamps used on covers are all rare.

There is a great surge of interest today in the patrimony of the early Australian period and it is expected that the choice stamps and letters in this fascinating collection will be greatly sought after in the international stamp market.

David Feldman is honoured to announce the sale by auction of this wonderful collection set for June 27 in Geneva, Switzerland.

About David Feldman
David Feldman is one of the world’s leading philatelic auction houses and currently holds the records for having sold the most expensive single stamp (The Treskilling Yellow of Sweden for CHF 2,875,000 in 1996) and the most expensive philatelic item (The Mauritius Bordeaux Cover sold at CHF 6,123,500 in 1993), and numerous other records. It has offices in Geneva, Hong Kong and New York City.

For more information, please contact  +41 22 727 07 77, or via e-mail at info@davidfeldman.com

 

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Meet our Philatelists in London, February 19th-22nd

David Feldman SA will be at the Spring Stampex from 19th to 22nd February at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London (pictured). Ricardo Verra and Tony Banwell will be available to meet you at our regular position on stand 10 (see map below), and our Head Philatelist Marcus Orsi will also be available by appointment only.

We are actively looking for material and are offering competitive commission rates to anyone who would like to consign to our next auction series. We are particularly looking for scarce and rare single items, specialised and exhibition collections, as well as estate collections from all over the world.

We are also available to respond to any queries you may have about our upcoming sales, the consignment process, the status of any consignment you may have with us or just the philatelic market in general.

Two auctions are planned for the next months. The Spring Geneva auction which will be held on May 26-28 will offer :

  • India incl. specialised QV cancellations and used abroad in Aden, Persia and Zanzibar
  • Switzerland incl. the 2nd part of the Stone and Turchik collections of imperf. and perf. Sitting Helvetias
  • Russia featuring a fantastic collection of the Number 1 with covers and singles with a focus on cancellations, as well as the later Arms Issues and great philatelic rarities.
  • All World
  • On June 27 David Feldman will also offer the famous John E. du Pont British Guiana Grand Prix collection as well as the Koichi Sato Tasmania Collection.

    If you would like to make an appointment to meet one of our philatelists at the stand or elsewhere, then please contact us via email or telephone.

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    Meet Our Philatelist in York, January 17th to 18th

    Our philatelist Ricky Verra will be at the York Racecourse Stamp and Coin Fair on January 17th-18th at our regular position on stand 12 (see map below).

    For more information including directions, please see the official website.

    Please feel free to introduce yourself if you do not already know Ricky, and please feel free to reacquaint yourself if you already do. He will be happy to take any consignments back to Geneva, or to respond to any queries you may have about our upcoming sales, the consignment process, the status of any consignment you may have with us, the philatelic market in general and so on.

    If you would like to make an appointment to meet Ricky at the stand or elsewhere (he sometimes goes for a wander), then please contact us via email or telephone.

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    New Great Philatelic Collections book: The KANAI Collection

    We are honoured to present our latest Great Philatelic Collections book dedicated to the Classic Japan Collection of Hiroyuki Kanai.

    This book as well as the Tribute to Mr. Kanai have been presented by both the President of the Royal Philatelic Society and the Monaco Club at the prestigious Monaco exhibition cocktail evening on December 6th.

    Kanai was able to assemble nearly all the important complete sheets of the “Dragons”, which exists on varying papers and in a variety of shades, in some cases more than one of a given value. Though sparsely annotated, his pages, for the most part unseen since his Grand Prix exhibits, offer all those interested in the issues the full range of the sheets, the most important covers, the greatest used blocks and the gamut of cancellations which occur on them.

    For these as well as the later issues, Kanai’s collection must forever remain the standard by which others collections can be compared and judged.

    We anticipate this volume will also inspire philatelists to further research and instigate fresh studies for these issues.

    Through this book Kanai’s life’s work on these issues will remain immortal, and a living resource, for current and future generations of philatelists around the world.

    The book is available on our online shop.

     

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    Meet us at MonacoPhil 2013

    David Feldman, Marcus Orsi, Gaël Caron and Anders Thorell will be available at MonacoPhil 2013 from 5 to 7 December and will be happy to meet you on our stand E1.

    They will present the upcoming auction catalogues as well as ou new Great Philatelic Collection book dedicated to the Kanai Collection (Classic Japan).

    They will be also available to examine and accept consignments for one of our future auctions.

    More info is available on the official website of the exhibition.

    Venue: Musée des Timbres et des Monnaies
    11, Terrasses de Fontvieille, MC – 98000 Monaco

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    Some Advantages of Buying Important Collections Intact

    For nearly all of our history, David Feldman SA has included intact collections ranging from small specialised studies to prize-winning exhibit collections, sometimes offered as single lots (either at auction or via “private treaty”). The vast majority of these were sold, often within a short time frame. With the rise of the internet, some of these lots are available for only a few days.

    Why the interest? Here are a few reasons, in no particular order:

    1. A substantial collection can spare the buyer literally many years of searching, not only for the top items but more importantly the “story telling” items required to achieve a good medal level at exhibition – items which are often rarer than the “top” material, which sometimes does appear at auctions world-wide. And time can sometimes be more valuable than money.

    2. Similarly, the price for an entire collection or exhibit offered intact will often be a small fraction of the original prices paid, item by item, by the original collector.

    So, combining items 1 and 2, we have seen time and time again that savvy collectors have saved valuable time as well as saving on the total cash value which a dealer or auction company would place on each and every item.

    3. Sometimes a major collection will contain substantial original research, and often this research has not yet been published – and research is a major factor in medal levels at F.I.P. exhibitions. Even such findings as how many of a given variety or usage may exist, the provenances of the key items, the shades or cancel types or plate varieties available, will mark the current owner of the collection as a knowledgeable specialist in the field, and buy much credibility with current juries.

    4. Often, experienced collectors and exhibitors will have come to a natural end with their current holdings, and are looking for new areas to explore (and ultimately exhibit). For such people, the ability to discretely purchase and then build up a new (for them) collection or exhibit will make it possible for them to find useful new material without being seen as “targets” by so-called “predatory” dealers or auctioneers (at least until word gets around). The old-fashioned “closet” collectors were often successful in taking decades to build their collections without broadcasting their interests to the world. Buying an important collection or exhibit, and doing so anonymously at auction or by private treaty, is a way to save time, save money, and prevent premature exsposure as a collector or exhibitor of the area until you decide the time is ripe!

    5. Provenance is the modern “plus” factor which, when you go to sell, may add 10% or more to the total realization, expecially if you’ve accomplished something wonderful. The inverse of the old adage about “new wine in old bottles” holds true in philately. When you have won all you can, exhibited wherever you’ve wanted, and published extensively, your fellow philatelists will sit up and take notice when you or your family will sell your collection – and then, too, the time will come to decide whether the collection or exhibit will be offered intact, or as single or group lots as appropriate!

    With our Rarities auctions, we always offer important collections as single lots, both at auction and by private treaty, giving the philatelic community the opportunity to “take up the torch” in many varied fields. Have a look at our catalogues or web site, and see if something catches your fancy!

     

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    Brasiliana 2013 Report

    Brasiliana 2013 in Rio de Janeiro was a show like no other David Feldman had been to in over 40 years of going to international exhibitions! But mostly for the wrong reasons including the constant rain…

    The show was hosted at Pier Mauá, a pier now converted into two large exhibition halls although partially still used by cruise ships. The first hall featured the various philatelic bureaux from around the world as well as the Brazilian Post Office and the interactive displays produced for the many school children in attendance each day. This hall also held the Court of Honor (pictured), which featured the David Feldman “Gems of Philately” display of rarities of The Americas kindly loaned to us by their owners. This section also held the FIP Championship class exhibits, rarities from members of the Grand Prix club, and Everaldo Santos’ collection of Brazilian postal history.

    The second large exhibition hall hosted the dealers and auction house stands. Unfortunately due to people having problems with customs, only a handful of dealers decided to make the trip to Rio. Which was just as well for them; we had posters and roll-ups stuck in customs for 3 weeks which finally arrived on the fourth day of the show after we forked out €115!! All the exhibit collections were shared between these two halls, with over 420 collections covering Traditional Philately, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Astrophilately, Thematic and Revenue classes, as well as over 50 Youth exhibits!

     

    The reception dinner sponsored by David Feldman for the National Commissioners, Jury members and Exhibitors was probably the highlight of the show! It took place at Porçao’s churrascaria restaurant, which is a Brazilian style of dining where various meats and cuts of meat are served to you on large skewers. Around 200 people were in attendance to enjoy the evening’s entertainment: a Brazilian band with accompanying dancing couple, who brought the evening to life by slowly dancing their way around the diners and picking people at random to dance with. In fact on no less than two occasions conga lines broke out!!

     

    The final moment of the exhibition was the Palmarès awards dinner for the exhibitors. Our special congratulations go to George Kramer who won the Grand Prix d’Honneur for his collection of US Domestic Mails 1776-1869, and to Walter Britz who won the Grand Prix International for his collection of Uruguay Early Issues 1852-1862. Our commiserations to the other nominees.

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    Ultra-Rare Hungarian Bisect Cover

    Sometimes, despite the best intentions of the postal administration, things happen…

    In the small Hungarian town of Szigevar, at the end of January 1873, the post office ran out of the 5 Krajczar postage stamps – crucial to prepay inland single weight letters. So, in at least one case, someone (whether clerk or sender is not know) proceeded to apply a partial strip of two and one half 2 Krajczar values, which were neatly cancelled by two strikes of the 30 January 1983 town cancel, and write the Hungarian word “szükségeböl” alongside them – meaning “emergency.”

    The folded letter has an oval cachet for a commercial firm in Szigetvar at the bottom, below the bisect franking, and is backstamped in Pecs the next day.

    This cover is the ONLY KNOWN such usage, not only from this town, but is believed to be the only example of a genuine bisect usage of this issue known to the Austrian expert Ferchenbauer. Another expert, Ferenc Orban, points out that probably due to the “emergency” endorsement, the cover passed through the post without incurring postage due, though bisects were technically forbidden.

    Estimated for only €15’000 – €20’000, this cover from the engraved 1871 Second Issue merits consideration as it is unique, unusual and attractive, and if someone is contemplating future exhibiting or collecting of classic Hungary, it is clearly one of the “must have” items – rarer than the famous Tokay roulettes on Austria (used in Hungary, several covers available), and at roughly the same price level as the later mint “inverted Madonna,” of which about a dozen are known.

    This lot (lot 20075) will be auctioned on December 13, 2013

     

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