InterAsia Auctions is a Hong Kong based auctioneer, specialising in the sale of Asian and Chinese postage stamps.
The company’s website states that it is “the market leader in Asian philately”.
InterAsia was founded by Dr. Jeffrey Schneider, described as an internationally recognised expert in Chinese and Asian philately.
Dr. Schneider is one of two directors of the company, and has over 30 years of philatelic auctioneering experience. He was previously an Associate Director at Christie’s and managing director of Zurich.
He has been responsible for the sale of many leading collections of Chinese and Asian stamps, including the Beckeman, Hock, Ellery Denison and MF Huang collections, among others.
Dr. Schneider is a senior member of the British Philatelic Association and has written a number of books and articles on Chinese and Asian philately.
The co-founder and other director of InterAsia is Cecilia Vong, who also acts as business affairs manager. She was previously administrative manager and client services coordinator with another Hong Kong auctioneer.
Expertise and services
The InterAsia website states that it has a “proven history and track record of obtaining the best material and highest prices for China, Hong Kong, Treaty Ports, Thailand and other Asia.”
It conducts bi-annual public auctions in Hong Kong. All items consigned are carefully researched and fully described in the auction catalogues.
InterAsia advertises in world-wide leading philatelic publications and regularly attends major philatelic exhibitions, such as the FIP International, in China in 2009.
In 2010, InterAsia conducted a record-breaking sale of Chinese and Asian stamps in Hong Kong, realising $7,917,650 from the 2,200 lots.
Included was an envelope with the only known pair of 1897 ‘Emerald Lady’ stamps, a rarity from the Qing Dynasty. It was sold for $385,070.
The auction also set a record for a sale of People’s Republic of China stamps – a sheet of 80 ‘Year of the Monkey’ stamps from 1980 were purchased for $162,914.
In 2011, InterAsia broke its own sales record, with a 3,000-lot auction realising $12,674,650. In addition, a block of four 1968 ‘Mao’s Inscription to Japanese Worker Friends’ stamps sold for $1,151,630 – a record for a Chinese stamp.