1885 Small Dragon pair sets new auction record at $119,000

A horizontal imperforate between pair of China's 1885 Small Dragon 1 candarin stamp has seen a new record price in Hong Kong.

1885 Small Dragon pair China stamp
The 1885 Small Dragons are some of China's first stamps, issued following the Large Dragon issue of 1878

The stamp was the top-seller of Zurich Asia's September 29 auction, selling at $119,171 - a new record for a pair of the rare stamp.

The example at auction is well centred, in fresh mint condition with much of its original gum. It boasts a bright colour, but is slightly affected by some oxidisation on the right stamp. It is one of just two recorded pairs.

Also setting a record price was a yellow-green block of 1897 Dowager redrawn printing 2 cents on 2 candarins block of four, which sold for $89,368. There are only around ten remaining pairs of this variety, with this example being the only block of four in existence.

An 1897 Small Figures 2 cents on 3 candarins double surcharge achieved another record price of $52,137. This is the finest of three recorded examples.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a unique block of four Hong Kong 96c Olive-Bistre stamps for sale - a legendary philatelic item described as the jewel of Hong Kong philately.

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