Soviet Air Post "Wide 5" is to be sold by Cherrystone. A stamp is being offered with a starting price of $23,000

June 26th, 2018 is glad to let our readers know that Cherrystone is going to hold a “Rare Stamps and Postal History of the World” auction that will take place in July 17-18, 2018. With 1,547 lots, this sale features properties of various owners and estates, with further selections Russia philatelic material. One of the highlights of this sale is Soviet Air Post "Wide 5" stamp that is being offered with a starting price of $23,000.

Soviet Air Post "Wide 5" is one of the 25 specimens of the unique Soviet Union stamp that was issued in 1924. These stamps were never placed into use. The design of these attractive items features a Fokker F-111 in flight. The Fokker F-111 was a high-winged, single engined monoplane used mainly as an air transport.  Built and taking its first flight in 1921, the F-111 accommodated five passengers in the cabin while the pilot sat next to the engine in an open cockpit.  

The lot was described the auction house as “never hinged and post office fresh, tiny natural inclusion, without the usual gum creases, v.f., certainly one of the finest of the only 25 printed, with Eichele and Buchsbayew certificates”. The catalogue value of this bright airmail stamp is $40,000, so there is a reason to assume that the lot will fetch much more than $23,000.