Geneva, December 2016
On December 1, 2016 the Mauritius specialised auction realised a total of more than 3.8 EUR Million for six lots.
The atmosphere in the auction room was very tense and exciting with several of the current private owners of Post Office Stamps also present via telephone and bidding agents.
The plate was finally sold to a private collector for EUR 1,320,000. The subsequent lots of Mauritius later proofs also sold for unexpectedly high prices.
The final lot of the evening was the famous Mauritius Bombay cover, considered by many to be one of the greatest philatelic items in existence. It was sold in the auction room via a philatelic agent for EUR 2,400,000.
The end result was a great success for two notable private collectors, both of whom wish to remain anonymous (at least for the moment), with the room breaking out into great applause when the final lot was hammered.
Following its fantastic re-discovery last year, and its exhibition in Europe and Asia, the David Feldman company will have the honour to exhibit the mythical Mauritius “Post Offi ce” issue printing plate
in New York.
Recent research has shown however that this is not the fi rst time that the Plate has been shown in
New York – over 100 years ago the Plate was one of the main exhibits of the fi rst International Philatelic
Exhibition that took place in November 1913 at the The Engineering Societies’ Building on West
One hundred years later, from May 28th to June 4th, the Plate will again be on display at its own
booth (no 117 ) at The International Stamp Show in New York at the Javits Center, This maybe the
fi nal opportunity to see the famous plate before it will be offered for sale in December 2016 in Geneva,
David Feldman SA has been entrusted with the presentation of the original printing plate of the Mauritius “Post Office” stamps.
The plate has been presented for the first time to the philatelic community during the London 2015 Europhilex exhibition, followed by Singapore in August and Monaco in December.
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