The most comprehensive collection of British Guiana ever formed to be sold at auction in October 2021
David Feldman International Auctioneers announced the upcoming sale by auction on October 14 next of the fantastic Imperium collection of British Guiana, by far the most important and comprehensive assemblage of this famed British colony, one of the great classic collecting fields, ever presented for sale in a single auction.
This unique and unreserved offering includes all of the items from the Grand Prix winning John E. du Pont collection sold by David Feldman S.A. in 2014, plus two of the most notable rarities that had been missing and several other pieces added to the collection over the ensuing years from both auction and private treaty purchases. The Imperium Collection was exhibited at the Jerusalem International Exhibition in 2016 where it was awarded the Grand Prix, as well as at Monacophil in 2017.
This outstanding selection of world rarities, which are of extraordinary quality, boasts provenance such as, Count Ferrary, King Fuad, Burrus, Dale-Lichtenstein, Champion, Hind, Duveen, Townsend, Hubbard and of course du Pont. The collection is a pre-eminent study of the three key iconic British Guiana primitive stamps; the 1850 “Cotton Reels”, the 1852- 53 Waterlows, and the world-renowned 1856 Provisional stamps both on and off cover. Also included are a presentation of the pre-stamp period, the British Post office in British Guiana, Postage Dues, and the Inland Revenue issues.
In particular, the legendary “Miss Rose” Cover, which is one of only two covers that exist with the 2 cents issue, and the unique “error of colour” or “2 cents instead of 12” cover, described by Robson Lowe in the 1963 Burrus auction catalogue as ‘as important as the 1856 “One-Cent on Magenta”’, which was the World’s most expensive stamp when recently sold at auction for $8.3m. Other highlights include a series of the 1852 “Tall Ships” issues of the One Cent and Four Cents in astounding quality, examples of the celebrated 1856 Four Cents on Magenta “Provisional” Issues as well as the rarer 1856 Four Cents on Blue.
The Company commented:
It is a great honour for the Company to have been entrusted with the unreserved offer for sale of this distinguished British Guiana collection, which is without doubt the most comprehensive we have ever presented, now eclipsing the John E. du Pont collection sold in 2014. It is decorated with great world rarities, including stamps of remarkable quality in the very scarce, and often fragile, primitive issues. It will be an auction of this territory which is unlikely to be equalled again for a generation, and a rare opportunity for any serious British Guiana collector to acquire elusive, unique and world-famous material. Indeed, as a collection at auction it is comparable in both stature and rarity to our offer of the legendary Kanai Mauritius in 1993,another one of the most significant territories of worldwide philately.
Promotion in anticipation of the October 14 auction
In the run-up to this prestigious auction and the availability of the auction catalogue, which
is expected in September, David Feldman S.A. has a dedicated webpage for the Imperium Collection of British Guiana, where you can be kept informed of key information and important dates surrounding this historic sale, as well as high-resolution images of key items.
For more information, visit: www.davidfeldman.com/the-imperium-collection-british-guiana
The collection will also be presented at the Autumn Stampex Exhibition in London, from September 29th to October 2nd 2021; following the London show, the Collection will be taken to New York for viewing. The Collection then returns to Geneva in anticipation of its sale.
The Imperium Collection of British Guiana is currently available to view in the online Museum of Philately website, having previously been kindly loaned for exhibition on this digital platform. Visit the site for further details: https://www.museumofphilately.com/collection/34
Stanley Gibbons are HIRING for a Specialist Auction Describer
A vacancy has arisen for the above role within Stanley Gibbons’ auction team, based on the Strand.
This position involves the describing and processing of stamps and postal history for sale by auction and requires a thorough knowledge of philatelic material and postal history, including up to date values and keen commercial acumen. The successful candidate must have the ability to develop the Company’s activities in this area. In addition, they must understand and have experience of how a live auction works.
This will be a full-time position based on 37.5 hours a week. (9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Monday – Friday). The role will be based in the Strand office but will be open to flexible working. If you would be interested in applying for this role please contact Samantha Eldridge, HR & Office Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org attaching both your CV and a cover letter.
Official press release from PTS Member Stanley Gibbons regarding the purchase today. Stanley Gibbons plc is delighted to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Stanley Gibbons Limited has purchased the world’s most famous and valuable stamp - the 1856 1c Magenta from British Guiana - the only one in existence.
The unique 1c Magenta was purchased at auction in the USA for a total consideration
of US$8.307mn (including buyer’s premium and overhead fee) and as a result the world’s most valuable stamp will now be owned by the world’s longest established rare stamp merchant.
The stamp will be displayed at the Stanley Gibbons flagship store at 399 Strand, London. It is also the Group’s intention to make it available for everybody to enjoy owning a piece of this unique and storied item through the increasingly popular concepts of fractional ownership and the creation
of digital collections.
The purchase will be financed through an interest free loan from Phoenix S.G. Ltd (PSG), the Company’s majority shareholder.
The Group is also considering partnering with Castelnau Group Ltd (Castelnau), a company controlled by Phoenix Asset Management Partners, as Castelnau seek to develop a new digital platform on which to buy, sell and most importantly, enjoy collectible assets. The proposed partnership with Castelnau has the potential to provide the Group with a minority shareholding in the new digital platform at zero cost as well as cost free access to the platform itself.
Any future agreement with Castelnau could constitute a related party transaction under the AIM rules and further updates will be provided in due course.
For more details about the stamp and to register your interest in learning more about the possibility of purchasing a piece of history, please visit www.1c-magenta.com
Graham Shircore, Group CEO said,
‘We are delighted to bring together the world’s largest stamp dealer and the world’s most valuable stamp’. We look forward to making this historic artefact available to a much wider audience
than ever before, and to bringing it back to the Home of Stamp Collecting’.
‘We are also excited about the potential opportunity to work further with Castelnau in creating a world leading digital platform for collectibles and the significant benefits that this may bring to the Group.’
Harry Wilson, Group Chairman said,
‘This purchase represents a new and highly significant next step in the rebuilding of the world’s oldest stamp dealer. Not only does it demonstrate the belief of our majority shareholder in its prospects but also the Group’s increasing confidence in its own prospects.’
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