AB Philea (Philatelic auctions)



2015-06-26 11:12:19

AB Philea is a Swedish auction house specializing in philatelic items, founded in 1988.

The company is one of the largest philatelic auction houses in the Nordic countries, and is based in Stockholm. In addition it has offices across the country in Gothenburg, Kalmar and Skara, along with representatives in Helsinki and Copenhagen.

It conducts regular monthly auctions in Stockholm, along with sales twice a year in conjunction with Lars-Tore Eriksson Frimärksauktioner and Frimärkskompaniet (both companies were purchased 2004 and are now subsidiaries to AB Philea).

AB Philea's homepage is the most visited philatelic website in the Nordic countries, and the company is recognized as a forerunner in using information technology in the world of philately.

The company is owned by Christer Svensson, Peter Johansen and Bertil Rafting, and their team of experts offer a high level of knowledge and experience of philately and related matters.


AB Philea specializes in Swedish stamps, including subjects such as:

  • Skilling - Provisionals
  • Oscar II – Air Mail 1920
  • 1920 – Gustav V, Left Profile
  • 1924 – Congress
  • 1928 – Bellman

It also deals extensively in singles, covers and collections from Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Additional areas

Along with rare stamps, their auctions include philatelic literature, stamp boxes and postal stationary.

They also feature numismatic items such as coins, banknotes, tokens and medals, alongside autographs, stock certificates, bookmarks, art and antiques.

Notable sales

A rare Swedish cover, a Facit 2f Mountain Post letter dated July 23, 1857 and originally intended for delivery to Repvåg in the Norwegian mainland was sold in AB Philea’s auction on 15 May 2010.

This cover was the only known Swedish letter posted outside of the country which bears the blue fyraskilling banco stamp, and sold for US$24,500.

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