Unique Edward VII Australia stamp makes $10,000
A unique Edward VII stamp from Victoria, Australia has auctioned for AUD$14,000 (US$10,300).
The 1905-12 Crown/A £1 stamp, bearing the irregular compound perforations of "12½x11x11x12½", headlined Mossgreen's Stamps & Postal History sale in Melbourne, Australia on Monday evening.
It is the only known example of this variation of the stamp – a key factor in its strong showing at auction.
Mossgreen calls it "one of the outstanding rarities of the 1901-1912 Commonwealth period".
1901 was the year Australia gained independence from the UK, with Victoria becoming one of the country's eight states or territories.
"Unlike many perforation varieties that need to be measured to be recognised for what they are, the different perf gauges on this stamp are immediately apparent and this visual recognition greatly adds to the stamp's significance and desirability," explains the auction house.
Mossgreen also ruefully acknowledges the comparative lack of interest in Australian stamps.
"If this was an American stamp - think of the 1c "Z" Grill, that can be identified only from the reverse - it could be expected to sell for $US2,000,000+," it says.
An unmounted £2 black & rose-carmine kangaroo stamp also performed well, beating its $6,000 estimate to make $AUD8,400.
A 1901-10 V/Crown £1 imperforate plate proof block of four, including a portion of two further stamps on the left, also achieved AUD$8,400.
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