Raritan's much anticipated telephone and internet only auction concluded at the weekend (March 4-5). The auction contained 1,486 lots of rare Worldwide Stamps and Postal History with emphasis of USA Freaks and Errors, China, Eastern and Western Europe; comprehensive Russian area material, including the Oddbjoern Iglebaek Collection Of Ukraine and property of 29 other owners.
Three lots stood out in the highly successful sale.
A 1947, Jubilee of Moscow, 2r and 3r multicoloured, se-tenant gutter sheet of 20, contains two blocks of ten of each denomination. There is a nice perforation error at the top right corner, and the whole has full original gum, has never been hinged, is in very fine condition and is very rare. It brought $23,000.
From the Zemstvo section, a Nolinsk 1867 stamp, 2k black, printed on yellow paper, of type 3 with manuscript cancellation, is fresh, very fine and rare. It was formally a part of the Markovich, Mertens collection and was offered with a Dr. Greis certificate. It too brought $23,000.
However, as expensive as both of these put together was a 1897, small surcharge 2c on 3c Red Revenue Chinese stamp with a side margin block of 20. It contains one stamp with an inverted ''s'' in ''cents'' and two stamps with a comma instead of a period after ''cents''.
With full original gum, the never hinged, very fine and scarce multiple sold for $47,500.