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October’s auction highlights – top consignments for collectors

Following the summer vacation, the auction world is back in full swing, with an exciting line-up of consignments announced at the world’s top auction houses. Paul Fraser Collectibles looks at what October has to offer for collectors:

Record-breaking diamonds

Premier Blue, Diamond, Sothebys, Fancy Blue,

The Premier Blue is the world’s biggest fancy vivid blue diamond and looks set to see a new record pre-carat price

Sotheby’s will kick off its Fall season in Hong Kong on October 7 with a selection of the world’s finest diamonds, including the Premier Blue, the world’s largest “fancy-blue” diamond, which is expected to see around $19m. Also starring is the huge 118.2-carat flawless white diamond, valued at $30m.

Original condition classic cars1918, Locomobile, Bonhams, Preserving, Automobile, Model 48, Classic Car,

Bonhams presents its second annual Preserving the Automobile auction on October 7, returning to the Simeon Automotive Museum.

The auction showcases early classic cars in original condition, with collectors jostling for a select-group of survivors.

Among the stunning consignments is an 1903 Oldsmobile Model R, a 1910 Sears Model P, and a 1934 Packard 1101, each of which is offered without reserve.

Elvis Presley’s spiritual ringElvis, Elvis Presley, Spiritual Ring, Ring, Memorabilia, Jewellery, auction

It’s not all high-end offerings in October, with Ahlers & Ogletree selling a ring given to Elvis Presley when he visited the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles in the 1960s.

A bizarre but fascinating addition to the sale, it isn’t going to fetch much, but will undoubtedly excite dedicated Elvis lovers.

George Orwell’s Spanish civil war scarvesGeorge Orwell, Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia, Scarves, Memorabilia, Rare, For Sale,

My personal favourite of October’s offerings, the scarves that George Orwell wore while fighting fascists in the Spanish civil war, will be sold for just £800-1,200 at Bloomsbury Auctions on October 3.

One of the scarves is the same that the great writer (and literary hero of mine) wore when shot in the neck by a sniper. It still bears his blood and a bullet-hole.

A trio of sublime stamp collections

1869 Pictorial Issue, Invert, 15 cents, 15c, stamps, philately, collecting, United States

The 1869 15c Invert – valued at a cool $1.2m

On October 9-10, Robert A Siegel will offer a trio of astonishing US stamp collections, including the Dr Irvin Heimburger Collection of 1869 Pictorial Issues and the Beverly Hills Collection of US Inverts.

While out of the reach of most of us (few will have a spare million or so lying around), the stamps are a brilliant ogling opportunity for those aiming for the top. Some of the finest offered for decades, the catalogues alone are worth a look – if you can deal with the jealousy!

Of course, if none of these take your fancy, there’s sure to be something to suit your tastes in our online store.

by Joe

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Think you know your collectibles? The answers…

Last month I set you a tricky collectibles-based quiz. Let’s see how you did.

1. Everyone knows the Penny Black was the first stamp, but what year was it printed?

1800, 1820, 1840 or 1860?

2. A Marilyn Monroe film-worn dress holds the $5.6m world auction record for a piece of movie memorabilia. But which film is it from?

The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Prince and the Showgirl, or Some Like It Hot?

3. Which Scottish distillery holds the auction record for a bottle of whisky?

Glenfiddich, Laphroaig, The Glenlivet or Lagavulin?

4. Who was the third man aboard Apollo 11 – the most collectible of all space missions?

Gene Cernan, Michael Collins, James Lovell or Yuri Gagarin?

5. Which superhero features on the front cover of the most valuable comic book ever auctioned?

Spider-Man, Batman, Superman or The Green Lantern?

Got five out of five without recourse to Google? You are a bona fide collectibles know it all!

Dan

Quick collectibles quiz

Think you know your collectibles?

These five posers should see if you’re right. Answers next week.

1. Everyone knows the Penny Black was the first stamp, but what year was it printed?

1800, 1820, 1840 or 1860?

Just how old is this block of Penny Blacks?

Just how old is this block of Penny Blacks in our stock?

2. A Marilyn Monroe film-worn dress holds the $5.6m world auction record for a piece of movie memorabilia. But which film is it from?

The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Prince and the Showgirl, or Some Like It Hot?

3. Which Scottish distillery holds the auction record for a bottle of whisky?

Glenfiddich, Laphroaig, The Glenlivet or Lagavulin?

4. Who was the third man aboard Apollo 11 – the most collectible of all space missions?

Gene Cernan, Michael Collins, James Lovell or Yuri Gagarin?

5. Which superhero features on the front cover of the most valuable comic book ever auctioned?

Spider-Man, Batman, Superman or The Green Lantern?

Dan

Collectibles Quiz (Christmas 2011)

One of the best things about writing about collectibles is finding out the great stories and trivia associated with them. So here’s a quiz for Christmas which regular readers will have an advantage with.

I’ve made it quite tough, so congratulations for every one you get – and Happy Christmas!

Questions:

1. What connects the painter of the Mona Lisa with Gotham city’s most famous resident?

2. Who might have been a twitcher but not stirred?

3. For what reason did the CIA have strong views regarding the correct orientation of candles?

4. Why was a collector particularly keen to hide Saddam’s bottom?

5. Which founding father had the most developed views on flatulence?

6. By what name was Edward Bear better known? (hint: his main interests involved sticky things such as honey and sticks)

7. What creepy-crawly might you feed with gold leaf?

8. What links Marilyn Monroe’s chest, John F Kennedy’s pelvis and Einstein’s skull?

9. Why were British war hero Douglas Bader’s skills conducting an orchestra so important to some of his fellow soldiers?

10. Christians are supposed to spread the word of God on Earth, but how did some aim to send it even further?

 

Click here for the answers

 

By Greg

Beauty and the Beast – the diverging interests of stamp collectors

Two stamp sales which we’ve looked at recently – one just completed and one shortly to come– have given good examples of the differing draws which stamps can have on collectors.

Siegel is shortly to present the Albert D. Laehder collection, which amongst other things is offering some rare variations on the 1918 ‘Jenny’ stamp. This was a carmine and blue stamp depicting a biplane which was intended to launch US airmail.

It’s generally seen as a very attractive design. But the famous examples of the stamp are always those for which something has gone wrong.

One of the examples in the Siegel sale is the ‘Grounded Jenny’, in which the plane has scraped through the base of its framing dome, whilst another, the ‘fast plane’ variety is crashing horribly into the side of it.

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The Grounded Jenny

Of course, the most famous variation by far, often considered ‘America’s favourite stamp’ and even referenced on The Simpsons is the Inverted Jenny, in which the plane has been printed upside-down.

In fact the most expensive purchase of a philatelic item to date is a block of four Inverted Jennies, bought by Bill Gross in 2005 for $2.7m, with the stamps apparently displaying an aeronautic display. That’s not easy to do with biplanes.

But not every collector is especially interested in errors.

1915 Seahorse Issue stamp

The 1915 Seahorse issue

Admittedly few would follow Homer Simpson’s example if they chanced on a sheet of Inverted Jennies (flinging it away with an “Ugh! Plane’s upside-down!”), but when a stamp has a beautiful design they would usually be searching for the closest-to-perfection example they can afford.

A good example was on offer at the recent sale of Lord Steinberg’s collection at Sotheby’s. A superb block of the 1913 “Seahorse” Issue, with its striking design showing Britannia riding in to the shore on sea-conquering horses brought £33,600 ($52,779).

We have our own (1915) deep blue variation of the wonderful design available for sale at the moment – and we wouldn’t have Britannia floating in doing a handstand for anyone.

By Greg

World Record prices already at Spink’s ‘greatest stamp sale of our generation’…

Greg described this sale as  “a momentous event in the hobby/business of philately – the sort that only happens once in a lifetime” in his post below. And he’s certainly not wrong.

As Spink’s incredible and much-anticipated auctioning of the Chartwell Collection of stamps ends its first day (it’s running in London between June 28-29) World Record prices have already emerged…

We’ve been regularly updating our main website, www.paulfrasercollectibles.com, and our Twitter feed with updates as Paul Fraser sends them to us from the sale room floor.

spink sale chartwell

Spink’s London experts preside over the incredible Chartwell Collection sale – the philatelic auction of a lifetime

Our World Record priced highlights from the sale so far include…

It’s a Chartwell World Record price for this $229,700 Missing Virgin stamp… The most valuable British Virgin Islands stamp ever auctioned has emerged at today’s Chartwell sale

Chartwell sale scores $1.7m record price for ‘world’s most famous stamp’… A collector has joined the likes of Thomas Tapling in buying this legendary Mauritius stamp

And among the other big sale highlights…

Leading light of ‘this generation’s greatest stamp sale’ brings $181,900 at Spink… Dated to 1853, this incredibly rare and iconic Bermuda stamp has smashed its estimate in London

Perot’s two-of-a-kind cover delivers $210,630 at Spink’s ‘stamp sale of century’… Of the auction’s many important philatelic lots, here’s another from Bermuda’s famous postmaster…

With tomorrow’s sale expected to be as impressive as today’s, we’ll be bringing you all the updates as soon as they happen.

Check our main website and our Twitter feed for more news on the Chartwell Collection sale.

By Alex

 

Photos courtesy of Spink

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