The “Tatiana” Collection of British Guiana

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Following the record breaking success of the John E. du Pont sale of British Guiana, we have the great pleasure to offer to the market the “Tatiana” British Guiana Collection in our Rarities of the World auction on June 8th, 2016.

British Guiana 1850 4c black on orange Cotton-reelThe collection comprises 53 lots and includes a wonderful and diverse selection of the early classic issues. Amazingly, there are 23 lots of the famous Cotton Reels, which come from some of the greatest collections, including Ferrary, Burrus, Champion, “Great”, Nathan and Gilbert. This is one of the largest offerings of the Cotton Reels ever, and nearly as important as the selection of these primitives offered by us in the du Pont collection which was sold in June 2014.

Several of these primitive and fragile stamps are quite possibly the finest existing examples, some of which surpass even the quality of stamps from the du Pont collection. Including lot 40009 (pictured at left), the 1850 4c black on orange Cotton Reel, cut square with large margins. Other showpiece items of the Cotton Reel issues include lots 40015 and 40029 which are not only very rare stamp but are also cut square and are much more desirable as such.

British Guiana 1856 4c black on blueThere are also some exquisite examples of the 1856 Provisional issue including lot 40048, the 4c black on magenta, which has a whopping margin at top, and the much rarer 4c black on blue (pictured at right) which is catalogued by Stanley Gibbons at £150’000.

This is yet another wonderful opportunity for those keen buyers to acquire some of these famous stamps who will have almost certainly missed out the last time.

The Miss Rose Cover of British GuianaAs part of the collection, we are also offering the renowned “Miss Rose” cover, which bears a pair of the 1850-51 2c black on rose, the rarest stamp of all the Cotton Reel issues. This iconic cover is available by Private Treaty. For more information, please see our Private Treaty 2016 brochure, or contact our Chief Philatelist Marcus Orsi.

The Mauritius printing plate will be exhibited in New York

Mauritius printing plate

Following its fantastic re-discovery last year, and its exhibition in Europe and Asia, the David Feldman company will have the honour to exhibit for the first, and possibly last, time in the Americas, the mythical Mauritius “Post Office” issue printing plate.LogoNY2016

 

The International Stamp Show in New York show, from May 28th to June 4th at the Javits Center, will be the final opportunity to see the famous plate before it will be offered for sale in December 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

The Plate is thought to have changed hands six times since its initial engraving in 1847, but while there are records of insurance values and rejected offers, no purchase price has been disclosed:

Past Owners:

  • 1848 Sir William Maynard Gomm, former Governor of Mauritius
  • 1880 Colonel Dominic Henry Colnaghi, Grandson of Sir William Gomm
  • 1912 Neville Stocken, a London stamp dealer
  • 1912 David Field, publisher of The West-End Philatelist
  • 1912 Sydney Loder, a London collector
  • 1930 Maurice Burrus, a French industrialist and collector

Although purchase prices were not disclosed in these private sales, it is known that an offer, subsequently declined, of GBP 2,500 was made to Loder by the Imperial Postal Museum of Berlin in 1912. In parallel, it is interesting to note that in 1905, Philipp von Ferrary, the then owner of the famous British Guiana One Cent stamp was reported to have said that he would similarly reject an offer of GBP 3,000 for the stamp – certainly an indication that in this period of relative peace and prosperity before the Great War, that the “Plate” was certainly considered to have a value of almost that of the “One Cent”.

When one considers that the British Guiana One Cent was sold in 2014 by Sotheby’s New York for USD 9.5 million, it is clear that the current estimated market value of the Mauritius “Post Office” Printing Plate, no doubt the most expensive piece of copper in the World, probably also extends well into 7 figures.

For more info on the Mauritius Printing plate, click here.

 

 

Meet us in Perth at the Scottish Congress, April 15th-16th

Perth Scottish Congress

Ricky Verra will be at the 87th Scottish Congress in Perth, Scotland, from April 15th to 16th at the Dewars Centre. Ricky will be available to meet you at our position on stand 8 (please see the floor plan below).

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

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

ASPS Congress Plan

Jyväskylä, Scandinavian Philatelic Capital for 2 days !

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Philatelist Switzerland Anders ThorellOur philatelist Anders Thorell will be at Nordia 2016 at Jyväskylä on April 8th-10th.

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

At NORDIA, the largest annual stamp exhibition held in the Nordic countries, Anders Thorell will be happy to present the content of our upcoming auction Series as well as discussing the future of your collection.

At our Spring auction series which will be held in June, we will offer 6 catalogues:

  • Rarities of the World featuring the “Tatiana” collection of British Guiana
  • France & Colonies
  • Persia
  • Part 2 of the “Danube” collection of Hungary
  • Olympics (Memorabilia and Philately)
  • Bulgarian Postal History

If you are thinking of selling your stamp collection at auction in the near or distant future, then Anders would be delighted to talk to you to answer any questions or offer advice.

We hope to see you there!

Meet us at Stampex in London, February 17th to 20th

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David Feldman SA will be at the 2016 Spring Stampex from February 17th to 20th at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London (pictured). Ricky Verra and Tony Banwell will be available to meet you at our regular position on stand 10. Our Head Philatelist Marcus Orsi will also be available on the first day of the show by appointment only.

We are actively looking for material for our June 7th-11th auction series, and are offering competitive commission rates to anyone who would like to consign. We are particularly looking for scarce and rare single items, specialised and exhibition collections, as well as estate collections from all over the world.

With the World Stamp Show in New York at the end of May, now may be the perfect time to sell your collection with us and gain from the exposure that such a gathering of philatelists will offer.

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.

The Summer auction series features the following catalogues and specialised sections:

  • Rarities of the World featuring the “Tatiana” collection of British Guiana
  • Hungary 1850-1871 – The “Danube” Collection Part 2
  • France & Colonies
  • Olympics
  • Persia

We will also be producing a Private Treaty catalogue for 2016, offering high-end and top quality philatelic items and collections at fixed prices.

The deadline for consignments is the end of March 2016.

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.

 

Meet Us at York Stamp Show, January 15th-16th 2016

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Our philatelist Ricky Verra will be at the York Racecourse Stamp and Coin Fair on January 15th-16th at our regular position on stand 12 (see map below).

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

If you are thinking of selling your stamp collection at auction in the near or distant future, then he would be delighted to talk to you to answer any questions or offer advice.

For those thinking of sooner rather than later, in June we will have catalogues including Rarities of the World featuring the “Tatiana” collection of British Guiana, France & Colonies, Austria, part 2 of the “Danube” collection of Hungary, as well as our usual strong showing of GB and British Empire.

Our auction of British Empire last December produced great results, with Australasian material seeing particularly strong competition. Top prices went to the India Gandhi 10R Service and the Virgin Islands famous “missing Virgin”, each selling for £120’000.

Ricky has attended this show twice a year for the past 5 years and will continue to do so. So should you wish to take advantage of the many benefits of offering your collection with David Feldman SA in Geneva, then he will be on hand when you are ready.

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Auction Results

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The five-day sale last week was a resounding success with over CHF 7 million in sales and had contributed to David Feldman S.A. recording one of its highest annual sales totals in the last seven years! The diversity of material sold at a David Feldman auction is only matched by the diversity of its increasing client base, and last week’s auction again featured impressive level of bids and highly competitive bidding from collectors from all around the world.

The much-anticipated Danube Collection and the Austrian catalogue raised high interest from collectors and dealers from across Europe who competed to drive prices well above estimates on most lots.

The second part of the Tatiana collection of British Empire continued where June’s auction left off, with collectors returning to obtain more of this fabulous collection of premium stamps. Other sections of the auction produced solid results for our vendors, with areas such as Egypt exceeding our expectations in today’s market.

We believe that this auction, and the results obtained over the last few years, confirms that the philatelic market is very much alive and kicking when high quality items and collections are brought to auction, and our results again show that David Feldman is a name synonymous with obtaining leading results for consigning clients.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Autumn Auction Series for contributing to a major success!

Click here to discover all the auction results and make an offer on the unsold you may find interesting.

A selection of highlights:

 

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Lot 40000
The Famous “Lady Louis” Cover to Malta
Sold for £66,000

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Lot 10116
Unique Franking to France
Sold for EUR 36,000

 

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Lot 20150
Beautiful selection of 52 imperforate
Sold for EUR 21,600

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 Lot 41050
The legendary Missing Virgin
Sold for £120,000

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 Lot 40673
Gandhi 10 Ruppe Service Unmounted mint
Sold for £120,000

 

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Lot 51418
Egypt Arab Union sheetlet of nine
Sold for EUR 28,800

 

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Lot 55114
Switzerland
Sold for CHF 9,600

Monaco 2015 Report

Monacophil 2015

Knowing that the flight time from Geneva to Nice (which was just a short journey from Monaco) was only 40 minutes, I slightly underestimated the time it would take me and Anders to travel there by car when I was asked by friends how long it would take. 7 hours later (and 3 more than I thought…) we were unloading all the displays, catalogues and lots for what is one of the most special events on the philatelic calendar. Common sense meant that we had a trolley with us to perform this arduous task. Others with less foresight (or perhaps with the ingenuity or previous experience) took advantage of the Carrefour shopping trolleys to transport their goods from the underground car park to the venue above.

Anders and Marcus putting the finishing touches to the stand
Anders and Marcus putting the finishing touches to the stand

Coinciding with our auctions the following week meant that we had a dynamic stand for this event. Not only did we have the lots from the “Danube” collection and the France & Colonies catalogues available to view, but we also had the Mauritius Post Office plate, possibly on display in Europe by us for the last time.

The first day started at 9:30am, with the eagerly awaited arrival of Prince Albert II of Monaco. When the actual opening of 10am came around, we thought perhaps the Prince would not be able to come, until a throng of people with flashing cameras and phones came around the corner. Expecting the Prince to simply smile and pass by, he actually stopped to greet us and spent a few minutes with David who talked about the “piéce exceptionnel” we had on display; the Mauritius Post Office printing plate. Showing how seriously he takes Monacophil, he told David how he had already heard of the item before thanking him and carrying on with his tour of the hall.

The show continued with strong interest in viewing for the “Danube” collection of Hungary. The streams of clients passing by, many old friends of David’s and Marcus’ gave us the opportunity to show off and test opinion on our latest innovation: The Museum of Philately. Although still in its infancy, most collectors showed enthusiasm for the project, which intends to show exhibits, their rarities and their collectors in the format of an iPad application to allow for easy viewing, zooming, linking and a depth which will hopefully not only appeal to those with the collections but also help to inspire the tech-savvy generation of today.

David Feldman talking to Prince Albert II
David Feldman talking to Prince Albert II

The Prince was also present at the Gala dinner on the opening night, which saw the prestigious dining hall at the Hotel de Paris converted into an icy polar landscape in honour of theme for this year’s show, which saw a competitive exhibition of Polar philately on display at the Car Museum next door. After dinner, a pleasant walk back to our hotel took us down the first climb of the famous Grand Prix circuit and along the start/finish straight, and a slight detour took us up to the Prince’s Palace before we realised we couldn’t get to our hotel without abseiling the cliff face.

The show was concluded with yet another fancy dinner in yet another fancy hotel. This time the Hermitage. Those that provided rarities for the museum display were thanked and given a token of appreciation, including our very own David Feldman who exhibited part of his “Emerald” collection in the Court of Honour. Of course the highlight for many was the famous British Guiana 1c magenta which was on display. Although affected by the years, this unassuming stamp was presented very well with a low back light which helped to bring out the design. A 7am start the next day meant we couldn’t join those who stayed for a “digestif” or two after dinner, but I was quite happy to rest after a busy 3 days, and the knowledge that a week of auctions was still to come!

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of Max Koesling who sadly passed away during the show.

 

4 good reasons to visit our stand at Monacophil

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David Feldman S.A. is looking forward to attending Monacophil 2015 from 3rd to 5th of December, a key event in the philatelic calendar and one not to be missed. This year we have a number of good reasons for visitors to come at our stands E1-E2-E3:

1- Meet our philatelists

Our entire team of experts will attend the exhibition and will be happy to meet personally new and existing clients.

 

2- View a selection of lots in our upcoming Auction series

We will be taking a selection of the single lots from our France & Colonies auction as well as the Danube Collection (Austria used in Hungary 1850-1871) for a special viewing in Monaco.

If you have a request to view a specific lot, please contact Ricky Verra at ricky@davidfeldman.com and we will do our best to accommodate you.

3- Discover the famous Mauritius plate

 

We will be exhibiting the original printing plate of the famous Mauritius 1847 “Post Office” issue. Only recently re-discovered after 80 years and thought to have been lost forever, this is one of the greatest philatelic treasures existing.

Click here for more information about the plate.

4- Museum of Philately

 

We would like to invite you to discover our new Museum of Philately iPad application!

Our aim is to provide an application that will allow award-winning collectors to present their collections in a permanent high-resolution virtual exhibit, highlighting their most prized possessions, and adding them to a virtual “hall of fame” of collections, rarities and other collectors.

This is a new way to exhibit your 19th century stamp collection using 21st century technology – use an iPad to show your entire collection to your philatelic colleagues, and allow your friends and family to download the collection to their own iPads wherever in the world they might be.

International viewings

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This is a busy time for the company with five different viewing in five different towns in Europe in order to present the lots of our upcoming auction series.

    • Vienna on November 25th
    • Budapest on November 26th from 12pm to 6pm at Radisson Blu Béke Hotel, to view the lots of the Danube Collection.
    • London on November 27th from 10am to 6pm at Adam House, The Strand, to view the British Empire single lots and selected large lots only.
    • Monaco from December 2nd to 5th at MonacoPhil, to view a selection of lots of the 4 catalogues.

We believe in the promotion of our auctions and hence bringing the lots to the clients make all the difference.

All the lots are also available in Geneva from December 7th from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm in the Feldman Galleries. Before December 7th, the lots can be viewed by appointment only.

In the service of our customers !

David Feldman and Numisor announce a new partnership

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David Feldman and Numisor announce a new partnership to hold joint Numismatic auctions in Geneva, Switzerland

We are very happy to announce that David Feldman SA will be working with Geneva-based coin and bullion dealers, Numisor SA, to provide a trusted sales outlet for our philatelic clients who are also coin collectors or investors.

Numisor SA is a leading numismatic dealer with over 30 years experience in the trade. It serves both retail and professional clients who are looking to buy and sell rare coins, medals, medallions, bullion and bank notes.

The collaboration will formerly commence on September 29, 2015 at 2p.m. (CET) with an initial internet auction of 470 lots of coins and medals from throughout the world. The auction lots, all priced at attractive levels to suit a variety of budgets, can be viewed online on at www.numisor.ch

The auction will take place via David Feldman’s traditional online platform that is familiar to our existing online bidding clients with pre-auction bids also possible for those that cannot take part in the live sale. Note that both forms of bidding will require separate registration with Numisor – client confidentiality is of key importance to both companies and only clients that register with Numisor will be contacted directly by Numisor.

We look forward to welcoming you to the first of many online coin auctions to come, and in Spring 2016 to a first full-service public auction to be held in Geneva. We are pleased to be able to announce this collaboration with Numisor and can now invite you to also consider David Feldman SA as your trusted partner for selling your numismatic treasures !

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@davidfeldman.com

 

Discover the auction today !

 

 

Visit Our Stand At Autumn Stampex 2015

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David Feldman SA will be at the 2015 Autumn Stampex from September 16th to 19th at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London (pictured). Ricky Verra and Tony Banwell will be available to meet you at our regular position on stand 10. Our Head Philatelist Marcus Orsi is unforunately unavailable this time.

We are actively looking for material for our December 7th-11th auction series, and are offering competitive commission rates to anyone who would like to consign. 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.

The Winter auction series features the following catalogues and specialised sections:

  • GB & British Empire with part 2 of the “Tatiana” collection
  • Hungary 1850-1871 – The “Danube” Collection
  • France & Colonies
  • Europe and Overseas with specialised Persia and Egypt

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.