A strong selection of Egypt Zeppelin airmail will highlight world stamps at Cherrystone Auctions' September 9-10 auction in New York.
The Egypt stamps were issued to celebrate the flight of the LZ127 Graf Zeppelin, a German built passenger airship that made numerous flights over the Middle East in the 1930s.
Leading the selection is a 1931 cover from the Palestine round trip, which bears a 50m (milliemes) stamp with Suez acceptance. Addressed to Haifa with the pyramid cachet, it is a very rare Zeppelin dispatch from Egypt and one of only four flown, bringing the starting price to $9,000.
Also starring is another cover from the 1931 flight to the Middle East, which saw the airship call in Cairo and then Palestine, before returning to Friedrichshafen.
The pre-printed "Per Zeppelin" cover bears a 100m (milliemes) on 27m double overprint, used on April 10, 1931. Now selling at $5,000, it is signed by respected philatelists Gappe and Hermann Sieger, with an additional 1965 letter confirming the cover's authenticity.
Expected to sell well is a lunch and dinner menu from the 1931 Egypt flight, which is franked with a 2m South America flight stamp that was cancelled on board. Signed by crew member K Shoenherr and addressed to Switzerland, it has an opening price of $2,000.
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