The New Amsterdam Collection of United States Rarities
July 10, 2019

The New Amsterdam Collection of United States Stamps sold for close to $7 Million on 10th July 2019. Hundreds of floor and internet bidders competed for just 220 lots at auction which took almost four hours to complete. With the final hammer, the New Amsterdam Collection took its rightful place among the most valuable stamp collections in philatelic history.

The New Amsterdam Collection was formed over fifty years ago, its mission to complete spaces in a newly acquired Scott National Postage Album. Most of the material was acquired through Dumont Stamp Company, an old established and respected dealership which was in midtown Manhattan in the 1970s.

Competition was intense, especially for the top items. The absolute highlights of the auction were the two 1867 "Z" Grills, each with a pre-sale estimate of $750,000. The 10c green (Washington) fetched $1,150,000 and 15c gray black (Lincoln) $1,610,000, the latter setting a record for a single United States stamp sold at auction.

Additional rare Grills realized $661,250 for a 3c "B" Grill and $172,500 for a 30c "A" Grill. Other noteworthy results include $287,500 for 1869 30c Pictorial with Inverted flags and $402,500 for 24c Inverted Jenny. A rare 2c coil pair estimated at $300,000 was hammered down at $805,000. All results include Cherrystone's 15% buyer's premium.

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ImagesDescriptionBidding
Lot #170
United States 1908 Coil Stamps
1908 2c carmine, perf. 12 vertically, tied by Indianapolis (December 20) cancel on Special Delivery cover to A.M. Travers in Washington, with hand-written note by Travers attached at left, stamp with a tear and light horizontal crease, pair of 5c blue imperforate (Scott 315) removed, otherwise fine appearance, ex-Grunin, with 1954 PFC (showing the cover intact with pair of 315) and 2019 PFC. One of only two covers known, both from Indianapolis (there are no known used singles off cover). The other cover is ex-Zoellner and more recently ex-Gross ($260,000 hammer). A major 20th Century U.S. rarity (last offered in Robert A Siegel Grunin sale, November 1971)
Envelope
Catalog #321
Catalog Value $250,000
Price Realized
$72,500.00

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