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.
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:
A China $1 Red Revenue stamp, one of only 32 known to exist, made $890,000 in June:
A sheet of 60 Brazilian reis stamps from the Bulls Eye edition sold for $648,720 in June:
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:
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:
An 1893 Columbian issue $4 block auctioned for $550,000 in November - up 83% on estimate:
Special thanks to Paul Fraser Collectibles for the provided data.