La première des 3 ventes de la collection des bureaux de poste russes dans l’Empire chinois a eu lieu le vendredi 20 avril 2012 à Genève.

Cette collection réalisée par Dr Raymond Casey est probablement la collection la plus complète jamais vue.

Belles enchères de collectionneurs depuis Genève, Hong Kong, où la vente avait lieu dans notre bureau de Hong Kong en simultanée ainsi que d’enchérisseurs du monde entier via internet. Les résultats ont été bien au-delà des estimations, et ont produit de nombreux records du monde pour des enveloppes en provenance de bureaux de poste russes en Mongolie. Les plus notables sont les suivants:

Lot 20003

TIENTSIN: 1875 Cover to Dereham, England, franked with 1866-75 10k strip of four and 3k pair, tied by three clear strikes of dateless double-framed “TYAN-TSZIN. POCHT. KONT.” (Tientsin Post Office) hs, with Kyakhta transit adjacent dated 1 May 1875, the letter having left Tientsin about two weeks earlier, showing Moscow transit and Dereham arrival bs.
Postage of 46k represents pre-UPU rates of 30k for conveyance to the Russian border at Kyakhta and 16k for onward transmission from Russia to England.
Earliest known mail from the official Russian Postal Administration in China, using Russian canceller on Russian stamps, and only known use of Tientsin’s first Russian handstamped canceller on cover.

Estimation: EUR 80’000
Vendue pour EUR 80’000


Lot 20120

ULYASUTAI: 1916 Envelope sent insured to Peking, franked with Arms 10k and 35k plus Romanov 50k, tied by Ulyasutai 10.9.16 type 2B cds, with the insurance label adjacent (Hellrigl rated RRR, the only known example of an insurance label from Ulyasutai), only seven covers with Romanov franking recorded by Hellrigl, this being the only one from Ulyasutai, fine and unique exhibition item.

Estimation: EUR 70’ooo
Vendue  pour EUR 408’000

Un record mondial pour une enveloppe de Mongolie !


Lot 20145

URUMCHI: 1906 Envelope sent registered from the Russian Consular Office in Urumchi to Switzerland with « KITAI » 1k, 2k (2), 3k, 5k and 7k on the obverse tied by « URUMTSI (CHINA) / POST OF THE IMPERIAL CONSULATE OF RUSSIA » 22.VI.06 cds, sent to Chuguchak where it was re-registered and franked on the reverse with unoverprinted 1k, 2k, 4k, 5k and 7k tied by the Chuguchak type 1B cds, with Sergiopol and Moudon bs. Very fine and unique, the only known cover from the Russian Post in Urumchi.

Estimation: EUR 20’000
Vendu pour EUR 66’000