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Friday, August 6, 2010

Rare 1857 Newfoundland stamp cover leads Virginia auction

It will appear alongside two singles from special printings 1879-80 and a spectacular multiple

In two weeks' time, Regency Superior is holding another of its auctions - this time exclusively focusing on rare stamps, with none of the sports or space memorabilia which has supported its previous sales involved.

The key lot is likely to be a folded cover which contained a letter to Boston, sent from Newfoundland way back in 1857. Sporting a strip of four 1d brown- violet crown stamps, and a rare light red 1857 Newfoundland postmark at its centre, it is one of just two known of its kind.

Newfoundland cover strip of four
Newfoundland cover with strip of four
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The stamps have large to just touching margins on the top right and there is a small tear on the leftmost stamp. Overall the piece would be an excellent centrepiece for a collection, and is expected to bring at least $25,000.

The sale also offers extra chances to buy 1880 special printing 1879 Jefferson 10¢ deep brown unused single with rich colour and an 1880 special printing 1879 Perry 90¢ dull carmine to which the same description applies.

With a doubt, the most interesting multiple in the sale is a spectacular 15 block of the Washington 10c yellow-green F-Grill - the largest multiple of the stamp known to exist, and once a cherished part of the collection of Jefferson Jones.

Washington yellow green F-Grill stamp block
Washington yellow green F-Grill stamp block
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The block as a whole has fresh, attractive colour, despite darkening on the top right, and to a greater extent bottom left stamp, which is in general flawed. The centring overall is average. Nevertheless, it is hardly overestimated at the listing of $25,000, and might make a worthy investment for a keen collector.