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Postage stamp market – 2013 auction review

Postage stamp market – 2013 auction review
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StampNews.com presents a look at the most important 2013 auction sales from the postage stamp market.

The postage stamp market grew significantly in 2013, with Chinese collectors in particular demonstrating considerable buying power - resulting in increased demand for rare Chinese stamps. British stamps remain the most widely collected but, at the high end of the market, American rarities featured most prominently.

Top postage stamp sale of 2013

The famous Hawaiian Missionary Dawson Cover was the biggest stamp sale of 2013, realizing $1,900,000 in June. The only cover to feature both the 2 cent and 5 cent Hawaiian Missionary stamps, it was discovered in a bundle of letters bound for a furnace in 1905.

Hawaiian Missionary Dawson Cover - US$1,900,000

2013's important postage stamp sales

The only known cover featuring the Hall of Classics invert - Four Treasures of the Republic, one of the rarest items of Chinese philately, auctioned for $619,000 in January:

Four Treasures of the Republic cover - US$619,000

Four Treasures of the Republic

A China $1 Red Revenue stamp, one of only 32 known to exist, made $890,000 in June:

China $1 Red Revenue stamp - US$890,000

A sheet of 60 Brazilian reis stamps from the Bulls Eye edition sold for $648,720 in June:

60 Brazilian reis stamps - US$648,720

A set of three British 1918 registration sheets featuring the 2s 6d, 10s and 5s denominations from the King George V Seahorse Issue made $286,000 in July:

Set of three British 1918 registration sheets featuring the 2s 6d, 10s and 5s denominations from the King George V Seahorse Issue - US$286,000

An 1869 5 cent pictorial invert achieved $800,000 at an auction in October, while a 30 cent example at the same sale realized $600,000:

US' 1869 5 cent Pictorial Issue invert -US$800,000

An 1893 Columbian issue $4 block auctioned for $550,000 in November - up 83% on estimate:

1893 Columbian issue $4 block - US$550,000

Special thanks to Paul Fraser Collectibles for the provided data.

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