Status International of Australia is gearing up for a major philatelic sale in a few weeks' time, with 3923 lots catering for all types of collectors & dealers going under the hammer.
The auction offers strong representation of Australia & Colonies, strong British Empire material of all areas & periods, as well as General Foreign including small and large collections.
The Australian material is nigh on unmissable in quality with 150 lots of Kangaroo stamps alone.
There is a very rare and very fine 2/- Brown Harrison Harrison one-line imprint pair. This has minor adhesions in the margins.
Only one imprint block of four is recorded and it is in the Royal collection, leaving only a small number of pairs for collectors. A similar pair in the Cornwallis Auction (Mar 2011) sold for £13,244 = A$20,000. In this auction it's listed at AU$18,000 (US$18,400).
There is also a £2 black & rose fresh very fine marginal single which is expected to bring AU$9,000 (US$9,200). There is also an important historical philatelic document up for grabs.
This is the original contract dated 19 December 1853 for printing QV Half-length 1d and 3d and Queen-on-Throne 2d, signed by James S Campbell, James Fergusson and Rudolph Hackmann, together with a specimen of gummed paper used for stamp printing.
Frankly this is rather cautiously estimated at AU$15,000 (US$15,400). We think it should go for more - if it doesn't the new owner will have something of a bargain.
However, one of the greatest highlights is not from Australia at all, but from another part of the British Commonwealth.
This is an 1857-64 Flowers 1/- scarlet-vermilion stamp from Newfoundland. A superb, fresh, never-hinged stamp, this boasts four margins and striking bright colour. It is all round a beautiful example of this classic rarity and expected to sell for AU$20,000 (US$20,500).
The auction takes place on August 18 in Sydney and online.
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