The unique pane of 100 Columbian stamps is offered by Gaertner. The rarity is to fetch more than $699,777

August 1st, 2018

Germany’s Christoph Gaertner auction firm is to hold its full international auction in Prague. It is the first time the firm has conducted a public sale in the Czech Republic. The auction will take place at the Clarion Congress Hotel on Aug. 16-17.  It will offer much philatelic material from all countries and one of the brightest lots that is to be sold during this sale is a newly discovered pane of 100 of the $2.00 Columbian stamps of 1893. 

This is by far the largest known multiply of the first American commemorative series issued on January 1, 1893. The pane is considered by many as an awesome rarity of the highest order that no one knew existed until 2016. No one knows who originally bought this pane of Columbians in 1893 and why it was quietly stored away for the last 114 years. But it was finally discovered and it is now one of the most desired philatelic items in the world. Prior to the discovery of this pane, the largest known multiple of the $2.00 Columbian issue was a block of 22. The second known largest multiple is a block of twenty.

The auction house commented on this lot: “all stamps have stunning, gorgeous color and sharp proof-like printed impressions plus perfectly and beautifully preserved Mint Never Hinged gum in its pristine original state as when sold over a post office counter over 114 years ago, featuring two plate blocks at top and ten to fifteen potential Extremely Fine to Superb Gems”.

The pane of 100 of the $2.00 Columbian stamps of 1893 is offered by Christoph Gaertner auction with a starting price of €600,000 (or roughly $699,777).