We had great pleasure in presenting our 2009 sale of Fine and Rare Stamps and Covers of the World. Now in our 8th year, we were delighted to be continuing the annual Rarities Sale concept, re-introduced to the Australian auction calendar by us in 2002.
Australian Colonies featured the magnificent Commercial Philately in Australia exhibit collection, comprising many desirable items relating to pioneer philatelic traders. New South Wales included fine Sydney Views; Queensland featured Moreton Bay District entires, also Charity essays and proofs; Victoria featured Half-lengths and the Calvert Collection of Emblems, with essays, proofs, perforation and watermark varieties, and use on cover. There was also a fine selection of Victorian Stamp Duty issues and Western Australia postal history.
In Australian Commonwealth, the Kangaroos included First Wmk 10/- unmounted and another punctured large OS, and Third Wmk 10/- with Inverted Wmk and £2 unmounted. The KGV Heads Usage Collection featured many unique or best of kind uses, and was followed by a range of varieties, 4½d Die II cto block of four and the 2d Postal Forgery. The KGVI Usage Collection included a commercial use of every different stamp issue of this reign; Postage Dues with material from the David Herendeen collection, also the 1909-10 6d with CA monogram from the left (abnormal) side of the sheet, previously unlisted; the 22-volume Postal Stationery Collection contained a remarkable breadth of material; and Postal History included a film case airmailed from Great Britain bearing the amazing franking of KGVI 10/- Dark Blue x 40.
Rest of the World featured Bahamas overprint varieties; Great Britain missing colours; Malaysian States revenues; New Zealand with QV issues, Pictorials, the 1906 Christchurch and 1913 Auckland exhibitions, KGV recess and surface printed issues, including proofs, and further Postage Dues from the Herendeen collection, with essays and covers; P.N.G. included the 1952-1966 Usage Collection, again the finest and most comprehensive collection of its kind; and Singapore featured ultra-high value revenues.