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In an auction week where there are six auction catalogues, covering every corner of the planet, and over 6000 lots; the auction proceedings, fittingly, began on Monday with the J. Chalhoub, part 4, Collection of Egypt and of the 275 lots the stand-out results were lot 10104 an 1871 Registered cover from the French Post Office in Alexandria that featured a spectacular unique franking of 59.20f, and was Ex. Maurice Burrus, sold for EUR 21’960, and lot 10210  an 1868 Egypt Post Office in Dardanelli, one of only three recorded, sold for EUR 20’740, both including buyer’s premium.

Another rarity, from the Italian Post Office in Beiruit, an 1875 cover featuring an Italy ESTERO 40c red but also franked with a Great Britain 2d Blue, lot 10180 sold for EUR 14’640, and lot 10197  which reached a hammer of  EUR 10’980, which was an Egyptian Post Office Consular Offices in Constantinople.

envelope from Alexandria to Paris

Lot 10104 : 1871 (8.8) Registered linen lined envelope from Alexandria to Paris, bearing France 1869 5f. grey horizontal strip of four, vertical strip of three and four singles on flap

And the Russian Post office in Alexandria also produced a standout result in lot 10183, an 1866 cover from Alexandria to Akexandrette, which from an estimate of EUR 4’000 sold for EUR 9’150 and another cover which came from the same Post Office and exceeded the upper estimate of EUR 1’000 was lot 10187, an 1873 cover, Ex. H. Schaefer, selling for a very strong EUR 5’368. A cover that boasted the Provenance of Emile Antonini and Samir Fikry, an 1875 French Post Office registered parcel front sent from Cairo to Pernau, lot 10115, sold for EUR 9’760, and the Greek Post Office in Egypt, lot 10144, an 1870 cover from Damiata to Syra, reach EUR 7’800 from an upper estimate of 5’124.

And one lot which will go down in David Feldman SA auction history, and not just because it was a unique cover, but crucially a first, is lot 10219 which sold for a very robust EUR 5’124 off an estimate of 2’800 to 3’200, and although an Egypt Post office cover sent in 1871 from Latakia to Beirut, will always be remembered for being Ricky Verra’s first auction lot as an auctioneer. If he can replicate that type of result on his future hammer activities then his career will be equally memorable.

Well done to Ricky! 

All the results can be viewed online, and offers can be made for any unsold lots.