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.

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