Continuing with the Dynasty Auction sale...again these are hammer prices not including 15% premium
.1897 Coiling Dragon
series (Sc 86-97/Chan 92-103) 2 mint sets at $20,000 and $26,000 each.
People were super gung-ho for lot 328, a set of imperf colour proofs of the 1898 Coiling Dragons (Sc 98-109/Chan 104-115). Described as all but the 20ct being in unadopted colours. Est. was $5,000-7,000; final hammer $300,000
Postal history is too much of a one-off to draw conclusions. Lot 370 stood out, and drew the same hammer as the last. This is another example of "the unusual is in demand". An 1899 cover from Korea to Wuhu, franked with an Imperial Chinese Post 2ct defin. Est. of $10-15,000.
Moving into the Republic, a set of the 1913 London Printing
complete (Sc 202-220/Chan 208-226) which was described as being "for the true connoisseur" (but no, not UM, so not "perfect"
) was est. at $12,000 and made $19,000.
The 1915 First Peking Printing
$20 Hall of Classics (Sc 242/Chan 248) offered 2 copies mint; they made $50,000 and $55,000 respectively.
And jumping ahead to the hot PRC era.1955 Chinese Scientists M/S
, Yang C33M, had 2 copies sell at $1,600 each.1958 Monument of People's Heroes M/S
, Yang C47M, $2,4001958 Kuan Han Ching M/S
Yang C50M mint, $4,500 (Interasia had them at $4,200-4,500, so their higher end may be the new benchmark?)1960 Goldfish
Yang S182-S193 UM $6,500 (racing ahead)1961 Table Tennis M/S
Yang C86M, Mint at $11,000 (Interasia was $9,500-12,000)Mei Lan-Fang
the set, within estimate of $12-16,000 at $15,000, while the M/S
Yang C94M Mint, was $160,000 (highest at Interasia was $140,000).1963 Butterflies
Yang S285-304 UM $6,000; MNG $2,800-3,600 (odd that the UM set was followed by 3 sets described as "mint no gum as issued")Giant Pandas
S330-32 & imperf S332-32i $4,500Golden Monkeys
perf & imperf Yang S333i-335i $2,400Huangshan Mountains
UM $6,000-6,5001964 Peonies M/S
Yang S61M, several at $30-34,000.PRC 15th Anniv M/S
Yang C106M, 1 at $36,000 and 1 at $60,000 (
).Thoughts of Mao
Yang W1-W11, $26,000 (and even another lot of them failed to sell, which happened here and there throughout the PRC material, usually unheard of
, maybe the ambitious $30-35,000 estimate? Being lot 888 didn't help it
).Talks on Literature and Art
Yang W20-22 $10,000 UM (Interasia had a set make $12,000)1967 Poems of Chairman Mao
W39-52 UM $22,0000 (Interasia was $28-32,000). Maybe its a case of 'glut in the market' or simply 'market correction'?1971 Paris Commune
Yang N8-11 UM $3,2001978 National Science Conf. MS
Yang J25M $3,800-4,500Galloping Horses M/S
, Yang T28M UM $4,000-4,500Arts & Crafts M/S
Yang T29M UM $3,000Highway Bridge M/S
Yang T31M UM $3,200 ea (3 offered)Study Science M/S
Yang J41M UM $18-19,000 each (est. $17,500-20,000, so estimates are 'catching up' to the market?
)1980 Qi Baishi M/S
Yang T44M $2,200-2,400.1980 Monkey
Yang T234 Singles at $13-14,000 (Interasia's sold at $12,000).
Then in Taiwan
, there were irregular blocks of 3 of the 1962 Postal Savings stamps. These were talked about once in a thread on SB, and no-one could come up with a catalogue identification. Well, the auction catalogue gives no cat. # either, so obviously 'unlisted' but generally accepted. Odd limbo to be in. No-one collects a block of 3 that looks stupid, so I'd break them into 3 sets or pairs and singles. Est. $1,800-2,200, and hammer $5,500. Gives a benchmark idea what those are worth.
And the Hong Kong
section was highlighted by an intact old collection, including all the rarities, definitive sets and more and more. Someone's estate, according to the catalogue, instructed the auction house gave the auction house a 'must sell' order and put it up intact. Estimate already a healthy $750,000-$1,000,000, it made a hammer of $1,600,000
The 1948 Silver Wedding
set UM brought $1,600.