We had great pleasure in presenting our fourth annual rarities sale, featuring fine and rare stamps and postal history. We were delighted to be continuing the annual “Rarities Sale” concept, re-introduced to the Australian auction calendar by us in 2002. The 300 select lots of exceptional quality commenced with Rarities of the World, including Ceylon KGV 100R with Control No.; Egypt 1926 Port Fuad set unmounted; superb New Guinea G.R.I. overprints with 5/- on 5M (SG 15), Registration labels in multiples and highlighted by the 2/- on 2M Double Surcharge strip of three (SG 60,e); Natal 1867 Soldiers cover; North Borneo 1897 4c Orang-Utan Sunken Die Proof; and United States of America 1901 4c Pan American Centre Inverted.
Australian Colonies, though not a large section in this sale, featured choice items including exquisite Tasmania Sideface Plate Proofs and Colour Trials; Victoria £2 KEVII block of six (one of the great items of the Early Federal Period); and Western Australia, with a Sperati forgery of the 1902-11 £1 Orange-Brown Die Proof and highlighted by the 1864 4d Carmine Double Print unused (SG 56a).
Australian Commonwealth was strongly represented. Kangaroo issues included in First Wmk a superb 2/- JBC Monogram single and the high values handstamped Specimen in pairs; Second Wmk 5/- mint block of four; Third Wmk £1 Double Print and £2 overprinted SPECIMEN block of four. King George V issues featured the 1d Engraved Imperforate Between; outstanding Proofs with a 1913 PMGs Christmas Card and four Perkins Bacon types; Single Wmk ½d Yellow (Cyprus) Green Harrison Imprint, 1d Orange-Red JBC monogram block Inverted Wmk, 3d Imperforate Three Sides and a rarely offered 4d Blue Harrison Imprint. Later issues featured KGVI and QEII Sunken Die Proofs; a complete 3/7d Myer Food Parcel Label unused; 1965 Churchill and 1966 Hartog missing colours and 1967 5c Christmas Imperforate Between; the Postage Due issues were highlighted by a fine 1931-37 6d John Ash Imprint block of four.