Latest auction highlights of Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers. Interesting philatelic items found their new owners!

July 14th, 2016

For more than 45 years Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers have been providing buyers and sellers with the widest selection of valuable philatelic material. Recently the auction house has released details of its June 7-8 round of auctioned lots, including a variety of stamps from across the history of the United States, as well as from all over the world. invites everyone to get to know more information about some interesting lots that were realized during Cherrystone Auctions.

Altogether, 1,653 lots were sold at the event, which took place in the auction house’s West 57th Street location.

The collection included a number of memorable pieces, including a June 8, 1884 incoming Austrian 2k stationary card sent from Graz to Cap Haitien and returned to Graz with an added 1881 1c vermillion, 2c dark violet, and 3c bister olive, along with other valuable details. The piece commanded a final price of US$14,000.

1884 (8 June) incoming Austrian 2kr stationery card, sent from Graz to Cap Haitien, redirected back to Graz, with added 1881 1c vermilion, 2c dark violet and 3c bister olive, tied by Cap-Haitien cds (8 June), with transit and arrival cds alongside, v.f., signed Mattl, also with Brian Moorhouse certificate ("a fine rare 3-colour first issue franking and the only known such combination of values"), ex-Hubbard. A unique exhibition piece, Austria and Haiti combination

The auction drew an international audience, both at the site and through the online bidding technology at CherrystoneLIVE, which allows anyone with Internet access who has registered with the company to participate in the auction.

Alongside the 1884 Haitian was a 1925 Russian stamp that commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. It was an extremely rare iteration of the item, with a “CCCP” missing from the top of the stamp. The final bid on this item was US$9,000.

1925 20th Anniversary of the 1905 Revolution, 7k light brown, variety missing "C C C P" at top (actually the letters are without outlines), n.h., natural inclusion, v.f., extremely rare, with regular stamp included for comparison (Liapine €10,000)

There were also a number of other stamps from across the globe that drew attention, including a complete 1894 Chinese Dowager 1c-24c, a complete 1962 Mei Lan-fang set, and an 1897 Chinese 4c on 3c. Stamps from other nations included a 1910 Iranian “Service” set of stamps, 2k and 4k; an 1852 Italian rose 1sc; and British Commonwealth Canada Air Post Special Delivery stamps from 1942, both 16c and 17c.

The staff at the family-owned Cherrystone makes every effort to ensure that the auction process is a comfortable one for its clients, including ultra-secure vault space for the stamps, a quick turnaround process as a result of its regular auctions, and personal attention to every aspect of the sale.

Domestic stamps were also featured in the June 7-8 auction. A U.S. 1857-61 90c blue, black cancel was delivered to a buyer with the successful bid of US$2,600. Another collector secured a rare 1861 10c dark green, unused with a 2001 PSE certificate. An 1861 5c red brown also sold at the auction.

Another notable domestic item that sold at the event was an 1874 2c green and black with an inverted center. This unusual item was sold for US$7,500. It is thought by some collectors to be the only fault-free example of this rarity in existence.

1874 2c green and black on green paper, center inverted, faintly cancelled (appears unused), centered slightly to right, as is every known example, except this one is much better centered than most, v.f. This copy (and perhaps one other), may be the only fault free example of this rarity in existence (Scott catalogue notes "No. RB2bc is valued with fine centering and small faults"), with 1983 PFC, ex-Joyce collection. In his privately published census, Larry Lyons records twelve copies of the 2c Proprietary invert on green paper. Of these, five appear to be used, and all twelve have at least one fault

Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers was established in 1967 and is unmatched in its ability to deliver quality stamp auctions on a regular schedule. Every 6 to 8 weeks, Cherrystone sells hundreds and thousands of lots of the highest quality stamps to collectors from across the globe. Collectors rely on Cherrystone to deliver the best prices for their stamps in an expeditious manner.