Olympic Games stamp collection leads Feldman auction at $33,000

David Feldman's dedicated Olympic Games stamps auction, held June 14 in Geneva, has been highlighted by a comprehensive collection that charts the philatelic history of the Games.

Olympic Games stamp collection
The collection is brilliantly presented and is in a remarkable state of completion

The collection spanned 1896-1964, neatly mounted in 18 Lindner albums and showing a great deal of completion.

Starting with the ancient games and Pierre de Coubertain - father of the modern Olympic Games - issue, and containing proofs, essays and mint and used sets, the collection sold for $32,821, making a 23% increase on its $26,684 estimate.

Spectacular results were also seen by a first day cover bearing every stamp issued to commemorate the first modern Games in 1896.

Sent on March 25, with all values tied by an Athens circular date stamp, the cover sold 816.6% above its $1,601 estimate for $14,676.

However, it wasn't just philatelic items on offer in Geneva, with a selection of memorabilia from the Games also consigned.

A white woollen jumper that once belonged to HM Abrahams, the British sprinter who won gold in the 100m in 1924 and was later immortalised in the movie Chariots of Fire, sold for $4,269 - a 60% increase in its $2,668 estimate.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a fantastic selection of rare stamps for sale, including some of the most sought after British and Commonwealth varieties.

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