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Mowbray Collectables' 25 September 2021 public stamp auction

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Mowbray Collectables' next public stamp auction will be held on Saturday 25 September 2021, at the West Plaza Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand, commencing at 12.30 pm NZ time (GMT + 12 hours).

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Featured on the front cover are two exceptionally scarce New Zealand stamps:

lot 514 1949 3d H.M.S. Vanguard unhinged mint - believed to be one of only 7 such examples extant in the public domain, estimate NZ $25,000

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lot 619 1925 12/6d QVLT, perf 14½ x 14, on Cowan paper, very lightly hinged mint - believed to one of only 9 such examples in the public domain (of which a block of four is held in the Queen's collection) estimate NZ $50,000

Some other choice items of note are:

lot 447 1926 NZ 2/- & 3/- King George V Admiral FDCs - the first ever recorded such FDCs, estimate NZ $5,000
lot 483 1971 NZ 30c National Park blue sky error fine used pair on piece, estimate NZ $5,000
lot 490 1899 NZ 1/- Pigeongramme overprint on flimsy, piece, estimate NZ $5,000
lot 601 1905 NZ 2d chestnut Government Life, unhinged mint, estimate NZ $5,000
lot 624 1931 NZ 35/- Arms, Cowan paper, unhinged mint, estimate NZ S10,000
lot 634 1936 NZ 35/- Arms, Wiggins Teape paper, unhinged mint, estimate NZ $10,000


Additional information will be found in the on line catalogue as well as details of all the other lots in this auction:
www.mowbraycollectables.com
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Will be interesting to watch the Vanguard stamp:

NZ Herald, 2017 wrote: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/overseas-collector-pays-record ... EM2NCO67Y/

Overseas collector pays record price for New Zealand's rarest stamp

Against an estimate of $25,000, auctioneer John Mowbray says he had to contend with fierce bidding by telephone from interested purchasers.

It was eventually sold to an overseas stamp collector for $67,850, easily outstripping the previous world record of $31,050 set by Mowbray's in 2009.

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Extensive Mowbrays article on the known copies, link here:

https://www.mowbrays.co.nz/files/ref-articles/new-zealand-3d-hms-vanguard.pdf

The example to be auction looks like one of the nicer copies.

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It is!

This was the first to be discovered in the 1980s, and is a most attractive example of the few that were “rescued” from the furnace.

It was discovered by Geoff Grattan, as per the article referred to, above.

A copy of it is included with the lot.

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I had a quick look at the catalogue.

My eyes were drawn to lot 27 1927/56 Aust MUH where the describer values the stockcards at around $100!

Then in lot 69 a $750 picked over Cook Island collection is enhanced with sketches with "occasional delightful comment"

Are these plonkers serious.

I gave up after that.

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It will sell for a strong price I am sure, but I remain of the belief these are all Printers Waste, stolen at the time. One or two are gum OFFSET copies to prove that!) that someone has quietly leaked onto the market starting 40 years after the theft.

And as no police or PO action occurred, or confiscations enacted, more and more copies started magically appearing onto the market. We now have at least 7 recorded likely more, as some "private'' sales have occurred. Coff.



https://www.glenstephens.com/snmay17.html

NZ 3d “Vanguard” gets $NZ67,850.


I wrote in February in my magazine columns here in Australia and the UK, two full colour pages on the forthcoming Auction of this stamp, and on stampboards, adding a good deal of the history of this stamp. The estimate was $NZ25,000, and I predicted it would do far better than that. Full story here -

https://www.glenstephens.com/snmarch17.html

That was prophetic, and two clients told me they were going to join in the bidding after reading it. It was invoiced for a huge $NZ67,850. More than double what any of the other examples have sold for in the past.

I mentioned this to John Mowbray at the Melbourne Expo, and suggested he might like to donate a few bottles of bubbly to the stampboards member dinner that night as a tiny “Thank You”. Anyone who knows of John’s fabled Kiwi generosity will know the response to THAT!


In 1949 a proposed Royal Tour to Australia and New Zealand was cancelled, owing to the poor health of King George VI. The Royal Party was to travel on Battleship “H.M.S. Vanguard”, as they had previously done in 1947 on their tour to South Africa.

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NZ Ship stamp sells for huge price.


A set of 4 commemorative stamps were printed for the New Zealand Post Office by Waterlow & Sons of London. In a total run of 39 million stamps of 2d, 3d, 5d and 6d values. When news that the tour was cancelled was received, the stamps were ordered to be destroyed.

All “Printer’s Waste”?



Allegedly about 7 stamps were caught in the door of the destruction furnace, and were salvaged by a naughty workman: the rest being consigned to the flames. I doubt this. Stolen “Printer’s Waste” more likely. All are creased and damaged, some far more than others, indeed 2 of them have missing pieces. One has a full gum offset!

This aborted 3d “HMS Vanguard” stamp issue is mentioned in a footnote by Stanley Gibbons in catalogues after SG 697. The better looking stamp shown nearby was included in the Mowbray Collectables March 11 Public Stamp auction in NZ, with an estimate of NZ$25,000.

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