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Monday, June 28, 2010

New Zealand 1d Claret leads important stamp sale

Ashford Stamps Limited is holding a postal auction of Commonwealth rarities:- A New Zealand auction house is offering a stunning 2161 lots of rare stamps and covers. Some of the highlights include:

A 1905 unused single, chestnut mint Life Insurance 2d. The well-centred tiny stamp is here offered with a guide price of NZ$4,000 (US$2,800).

An unused Pelure paper 1d Orange-vermilion imperforate from 1862, without a watermark and with a top margin repair. The very rare piece, which in perfect condition would be worth NZ$22,500 according to the Campbell Paterson catalogue, is listed here again at NZ$4,000.

From the same range of 'Full Face Queens' is a used 1d Dull Orange (again without a watermark) with a Kaiapoi '16' obliterator is a great rarity in good condition, marred only by a pre-print crease. It is expected to sell for NZ$8,000.

New Zealand Claret 1d 1906 commemorative stamp
New Zealand Claret 1d 1906 commemorative stamp

The expected top lot, however is a New Zealand classic: a 1906 Christchurch Exhibition 1d Claret mint. The commemorative series shows Maoris crafting wood.

The classic, certified genuine rarity shows aged, cracking brown gum and good perforations, and is in very attractive condition with deep colour. Listed by Campbell Paterson at up to NZ$20,000, it is on offer here with a NZ$14,000 (US$9,900) guide price.

Ashford Stamp Limited is located in Auckland, New Zealand, and the postal auction will be open until Thursday (July 1).