Rare South American Stamps Set For Auction
A few months ago we told you about the rarest stamp in the world which is worth several million dollars. This June, you can bid on a stamp that is a similar range of value. it's the Pack Strip, shown above, a strip of two 30-reis and one 60-reis stamps joined together (it's named after one of its early owners Charles Lathrop Pack). The strip is an example of stamps from Brazil made in 1842. They are called bull's eyes because the denomination sits in the center of a target-like shape.
The sale of this stamp is part of the auction of the world's most valuable private collection of South American postage stamps. The collection was assembled over four decades by a retired college professor who now lives on an island and will be will be offered in a public auction in New York City and online by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries on June 5 and 6, 2008.
The auction also includes from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the only surviving example of the 1859 one-peso "tête-bêche," which is French for head-to-foot, and the term collectors use to describe a pair of stamps that are printed upside down to each other. It has a pre-sale estimate of $400,000 to $500,000. From Chile there is an envelope with a unique block of 14 lithographed 5-centavo stamps of 1854 which is $400,000 to $500,000. From Colombia there is a letter with a 5-centavo and a10-centavo stamp dated September 1, 1859, the first day these very first stamps of Colombia were issued The pre-sale estimate is $200,000 to $300,000.