Vast collection of valuable rare stamps, essays and errors to sell in New York

Spink Shreves, as we've reported, are holding two major sales of rare stamps and covers in New York later this month which cover a range of Southern Asian stamps: The second part of Joseph Hackmey's classic Ceylon stamp collection and the "Sapphire" Holding of British India Stamps and Postal History.

But first, they have newly announced an auction which will appeal to all collectors and dealers interested in United States philately: the sale of the vast Nathan Liberman Collection of United States Essays & Proofs, Postage Stamps and Errors in over 1,000 lots.

Meticulously formed by a knowledgeable collector with a keen eye for quality and overall eye-appeal, The Liberman Collection catalogues well in excess of $2,000,000. It is comprised of three separate and impressive sections:

Firstly the Essays & Proofs section offers a marvellous array of seldom seen material (some of which is unique) and is one of the best offerings in several years.

1894 Panama Pacific Proof
1894 Panama Pacific Proof

An excellent example on offer is an extraordinarily rare and handsome proof set of the Panama-Pacific 1894 Bureau Issue stamps ranging from 1c to $5. All of them have full balanced margins and are much fresher than typically found. They are listed at $14,300.

Secondly, the Postage Stamps section shows a comprehensive display of stamps, all selected for their exceptional quality and augmented with many seldom seen Scott-listed colour varieties and errors.

One of the nicer pieces in the sale is a 10c Washington Green vertical se-tenant pair (se-tenant meaning that the two are different in kind). In this case it is the Type II version of the stamp attached to a Type III - a very rare mint example.

10c Green vertical se-tenant pair

Displaying strong colour and impression, and some original gum, though some has been replaced, it is offered with an estimate of $11,000.

Thirdly, the Modern Errors section is a fantastic array of many of the rarest and most visually stunning errors ever to come on the auction market. An example of the 22c Girl Scouts omission error is one classic. It's difficult not to see the error: all the lithographed colours are missing.

Girl Scount omission error

The top right corner margin single is one of just 46 example of the error, and is expected to sell for $2,450.

They will be sold at unreserved public auction on October 14-15 in New York. The Essay section will take place on the 14th alone, and the Errors will be sold on the 15th.


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