StampNews.com would like to inform our readers about one of the greatest philatelic actions that will take place on 18-20 of July.
These Interasia Auctions will offer a lot of China and Hong Kong stamps and postal history, with important Ching Dynasty and Republic of China rarities, substantial postal history, and a major section of People's Republic and Liberated Areas with notable rarities.
Live Auction Internet Bidding
The stamp collectors will be able to bid in real time through the internet, as if they were in the auction room ‒ all they need is a computer, a fast internet connection, and to be registered in advance. The philatelists must register BEFORE the auction and be approved in order to participate in Live Auction Bidding.
The Ching Dynasty features two recently discovered Large Dragons covers of historical importance. The first envelope, mailed in 1882, bearing Large Dragons 1878 thin paper 1ca. pair and 1882 wide margin 5ca. pair, is from an American sailor on board the U.S.S. "Palos" sent home to Iowa by the U.S. Consul in Tientsin through the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai. The other is a magnificent 1886 registered envelope from Tientsin to Germany franked with 1886 thick paper 5ca. strip of three in combination with France 25c. pair, being only the third registered envelope recorded with Large Dragons used during the proper period.
Among the many stamp highlights too numerous to mention is a specialized offering of the 1894 Dowager Empress Commemorative issues and New Currency surcharges comprising over 250 lots replete with rarities and varieties. The Red Revenues include a nice group of panes of the large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. The Coiling Dragons are complete in mint blocks of four.
There is a fine offering of postal history with covers from every period between 1882-1949, and the postal stationery is represented by its own specialized section, which is a regular feature of Interasia Auctions. In addition, there is an extensive section of original collection lots, both of a specialized and general nature, with a noteworthy old-time collection of cancellations.
The more esoteric features a remarkable collection of the Manchuria Local overprints offered intact in twelve volumes, which includes approximately 570 covers. Then, there is Taiwan, while the Tibet, Mongolia, and China Local Posts are represented by a choice and unusual array of covers.
People's Republic of China and the Liberated Areas
The large offering of the People's Republic is noteworthy for a number of the rarities from both the early period, including a fantastic sheet margin example of the 1956 unissued Views of Peking with background of rays of sunlight, and the Cultural Revolution with the 1968 unissued Victory stamp and the undoubted highlight - a wonderful mint block of four of the iconic "Whole Country is Red" 8f.
Hong Kong and Treaty Ports
The more than 500 lots include postal history with a fine section of early accountancy markings, while the stamps feature Queen Victoria mint blocks, Queen Elizabeth II errors, and the early Postal Fiscals. The highlight of the Treaty Ports is an 1873/74 printed circular from Tientsin to Hong Kong, being one of the earliest civilian usages from this port.
Some Highlights of the Sale
China, 1914-19 First Peking printing $20 black and yellow horizontal pair, good colour, outstanding centring with horizontal sheet guideline at top, very fine unmounted mint with immaculate gum of "post office" quality. An exceptional multiple. R.P.S. certificate (2012). Chan 248.
Estimate US$160,000 - 200,000
China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca. the complete set of nine without watermark, fine unused with large part original gum, except the 9ca. without gum, the 6ca. creased at top and the 24ca. has light tones, fine appearance, a rare assembly of which only a few sets exist. Chan 22e, 23var., 24h, 25var., 26var., 27e, 28q, 29var., 30var.
Estimate US$220,000 - 260,000