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 #198
United States 1917-29 Issues
1923 1c green, Rotary, perf. 11, light machine cancel, fresh color, trivial short perforation at bottom right, otherwise fine, ex-Grunin, with 1963 and 2019 Philatelic Foundation Certificates. Of the 15 known examples (all used), only five have machine cancels (the other ten have "Kansas City, MO" precancels) and only two are completely sound (the other two have varying degrees of faults, far more significant than the "short perf" mentioned here). This stamp is listed in the Siegel Census as 596-CAN-03. A major 20th Century U.S. Rarity, valued in Scott catalogue in the grade of fine,
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Catalog #596
Catalog Value $200,000
Price Realized
$100,000.00

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