Exceptional Swiss 'Neuchâtel' stamps could sell for $232,000



2015-06-26 11:58:43

Exceptional Swiss 'Neuchtel' stamps could sell for $232,000

The most important Swiss stamp collection from 1843-1854 is auctioning for the first time in 50 years...

The Ticino Collection willpromise the most outstanding lotsat Rapp Auction's forthcoming sale on June 1-4, taking placein Switzerland.

The collection is the most important and valuable selection of Swiss stamps from 1843-1854 to be auctioned in over 50 years.

So exclusive and coveted are its contents thatmany philatelic insiders were ignorant ofthe collection'sexistence. For decades, some ofthe collection'smost precious items even werethought lost.

These 'lost items' include three copies of the so-called "Neuchtel" stamp. The three stamps willauction at Rapp affixed to a beautiful 1852 cover addressed from Geneva (the second of the Swiss cantons to issue postage stamps) to the Canton of Fribourg.

This cover alone, dated January 1, 1852,is estimated to realise more than a quarter million Swiss Francs (CHF) -or over $232,000.

Bearing three Neuchtel stamp specimens, all cut very fresh and with wide margins, they have been individually franked with the Neuchtel brand which isamong the greatest postage rarities of Swiss philately.

 The rare 'Neuchtel' 1852 cover bearing three cancelledstamps

Often noted in philately textbooks, this letter was regarded as missing for many years. Itwill appear at auction for the first time infive decades, sincethe Caspary auction in 1956.

The rare Neuchtel coveris estimated to sell for $139,275-185,700 (150,000-200,000 CHF) and is one of many absolutely unique and highly-limited stamps to feature in the sale.

Otherscarce historic specimensto go under the hammer include one of the best preserved examples of a Double Geneva cover, the third oldest issued European postage stamp.

Regarded as the best example of its kind on the market, the "exceptionally fresh" cover also carries a pre-sale value of $139,275-185,700 (150,000-200,000 CHF).

With such amazing lots on offer, collectors, investors and museum directors from many different countries have indicated buying interest, says Rapp. Many will come in person to attend the auction.

According to industry insiders, demand for rare philatelic collectibles is very strong,with growing interestamong investors looking for tangible and potentially recession-proof assets.

Rapp predicts that its sale with net in the region of 15m Swiss Francs, and is confident that it will stand as one of the most spectacular sales of thephilatelicauction season.

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