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AUCTION CATALOGS

Over the years the auction catalogs have accumulated. In 1982 we started a computer listing of the catalogs but stopped after about 500 entries. At that time computers were not common and we did not think we could justify printing a catalog. We are now trying it again with the Internet, it will take some time to develop the form and enter the material. We will never have them all catalogs entered or fully described, there are now well over 5,000 different catalogs with varying contents in stock.

This is a trial listing, we must refine the format to make it usable for both of us, with time and if your interest in this project supports it, these listings will evolve into true reference files.

Valuation; the value of a catalog to the student and collector can be immense, they chronicle existence, the provenance, number existing, dates, price, etc, the condition at the time of the sale, it is surprising how many items seem to improve with age. In pricing the catalog we must admit that a large percent of the price is our overhead to stock and list them.

Some specialized auction catalogs still appear only under the heading that relates to their contents. The Walcott catalog is only listed under CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA and the Julius Steindler is only listed under MARITIME. Please also check the related headings. All below listings are limited stock.

The abbreviations should be evident, RAS-406, 1972 means Robert A. Siegel sale number 406 held in 1972. Most catalogs have the original prices realized, some have xerox copies, a few none. All are in VF condition unless noted otherwise. If no price is given the listing is a reference one and is not in stock. The absence of pr (prices realized) does not necessarily mean the copy in stock does not have it.

Sold, This file is intended to also be a reference one, when listings are made only for reference there is no price, when for sale a price is given, when the last such item is sold it is given as Sold after the price however this only means the last copy in the listed stock is sold. At present we have well over 5,000 catalogs that are not so listed thus if you want something listed as Sold please advise and we will take a look, perhaps one is still available and can be found.

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For Philatelic Literature Auctions please go to Literature Auction Catalogs

Dr. Paul Singer & the History of Shanahan Auctions. Five Years to the Top of the World and a Deep Fall

by Wolfgang Maassen.

A new book that will rival in interest and utility to the recent books on Ferrari and Fabergé.

Singer appeared in Dublin in 1954, he turned a small auction company, Shanahan, into the world's largest stamp auction house. He attracted tens of thousands of customers from all over the world, offered investment opportunities, everyone was to increase their money invested in stamps very short time. With the first "Millionaire" auction in November 1958, he held a legendary party; 200 bottles champagne, Russian caviar, over 200 guests. In 1959, Singer & Shanahan acquired the world's largest stamp collection, Maurice Burrus. In May, 1959, his success abruptly ended: The stamps for sale of the announced "Mystery Collection", a unique collection of Lombardy Veneto, was stolen, the auction for the 5-year anniversary of the company was cancelled. This was followed by the longest and most expensive trials in the history of Ireland. 2019, 187 pages, full color and cloth, published at 37.50 euros plus 19.90 euros for delivery to non-EU addresses., $59.00 from our US stock.


Name Sales

Sigmund Adler, H. R. Harmer, NY

Dr. Josep Agris US Coil Issues, Shreves, Sept 5,1997, hard bound, $35.00

Alfred H. Caspary, 1955 - 1958, H. R. Harmer Inc, New York

Alfred Clayton, Commonwealth Classics, HRH-L, Dec, 1959 with pr, $32.50

American Bank Note Co.Archives, Christie's Robson Lowe, NY

American Bank Note Co.Archives, HRH Connecticut

Lars Amundsen

John R. Boker, Jr by Heinrich Köhler

Clifford C. Cole, Jr., 1988, Robert A. Siegel A.C. Dibble British Empire Collection, H. R. Harmer

John Lek Collections, HRH

Alfred F. Lichtenstein Collection of European Countries, HRH 1735-39, 1966, $27.50

Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred F. Lichtenstein, 1968 - 1971, H. R. Harmer

Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred F. Lichtenstein, 1989 -2004, H. R. Harmer

Col. J. R. Danson

Judge R.S. Emerson

His Majesty King Farouk I of Egypt

Col. E. H. R. Green, 1942 - 1946, various auction houses

Individual Col. Green Sales

The Glassco Collection, British Post Offices Abroad, Robson Lowe

William H. Gross Scandinavia, Spinks - Shreves, NY, May 16, 2008, hard bound, $37.50, sold

Josiah K. Lilly, 1967 - 1968, Robert A. Siegel

Arthur Hind, 1933 - 1935, Phillips and Kennett, Harmer Rooke

Oded Eliashar Collection of Pigeon Post Mail

W.Parsons Todd, 1977 - 1978, R.A. Siegel

Josephine Bird Hall, Edson J. Fifield, New York

Ishikawa Ryohei, various auction houses

Edward S. Knapp, 1941 - 1942, Parke - Bernet

Ferrari de la Renotière Auction Catalogs

A reprint of the 14 sales held 1921-24, the rare Luder Edelmann 1929 sale and the Napier index published in 1925, with prices realized.

Louis Grunin, Christie's New York

Alfred F. Lichtenstein & Louis Boyd Dale, H. R. Harmer, New York

Charles F. Meroni, 1952 - 1953, John A. Fox

William L. Moody III of Texas, H. R. Harmer, New York

The Newbury Collection 1961 - 1963, Robert A. Siegel

Morton Dean Joyce

Ferrars H. Tows, 1948-1950, Carl E. Pelander, New York

George T. Turner Robert L. Markovits Philip H. Ward Sales, New York, some pr may be xeroxes

Weill Brothers' Stock, Christie's Robson Lowe, New York and Zurich

Burrus, 1962 - 1967, various auction houses

Not an auction catalog but the story of Dr. Paul Singer, the rise and fall of the Shanahans Stamp Auction of Dublin that tried to rise too high with the Maurice Burrus collection. Doctor of Millions by Seamus Brady, the story of the rise and fall of stamp king Dr. Paul Singer, 1965, 176 pages, card, enquire first, $35.00

Oscar A. Schenck, Harmer, Rooke & Co. Inc. George B.Sloane, Part 1, 2 & 3, J. Fox, 1959, sales 201-2, 206-8, & 218-220 Frederic R. Harris, Harmer Rooke Adolphe Menjour, H. R. Harmer Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1946, H. R. Harmer Y. Souren

US

Stampless and Documents Postal History Free Franks Maritime Locals, Carriers and Express Railroads

Advertising & Illustrated Covers

Postal Stationery First Day Covers

Essays, Proofs & Specimens

US and Colonial Stampless

US Postmasters' Provisionals and Carriers

1847and a few others

1851-1860 Encased Postage Stamps 1861-1868 1869 Mixed 19th Century US Classics Mixed 19th & 20th Century Canal Zone Hawaii

Hawaii and 1851 Issue US Covers from the Tito Collection, mailed to and from Hawaii, foreign rates, etc., full color, Spink America, April 20, 1999, 130 pages with pr, full color, soft bund, $25.00, hard bound with pr, $37.50 Newspapers

Officals Revenue

Airmail

The Inverted 24c 1918

  • P. H. Oakey, HRH-L, 1948, pr, $22.50
  • Eno, HR 779, 1954, $12.50
  • T. A. Matthews, Balloon Jupiter, , HRH 1953, 1964, $17.50
  • H. M. Goodkind, HRH 2023, 1971, $10.00
  • Jack C. Boonshaft, H-L, 4612, pr, $12.50

    CSA

    Please enquire on the below auction catalogs before ordering, those that are priced should be in stock but often only one or two copies, some that are not priced may also be instock.
  • Please enquire, we have many more auction catalogs.

    Foreign by Subject

    UPU Airmail Covers World Collections and Rarities of the World

    Foreign by Country

    Aden Africa, Oil Rivers and Niger Coast Africa, also see British Africa, South, West and Central

    Arabia

    Australia and States Austria Balkans

    Beglium

    Belgian Congo

    Bermuda

    Brazil

    British Empire Revenue British Empire, Mixed, Markings, etc.

    British Africa, South, West, Central, Cape, etc

    Africa, South

    Africa, British East

    Africa, British Central

    Africa. British West

    Africa, Transvaal

    Cape of Good Hope Africa, British, various British Asia, Malaya British West Indies British Guiana

    British West Indies

    Canada

    Caribbean

    Cayman Islands

    Ceylon

    Checkslovakia Chile China Colombia Cook Island Costa Rica Cuba Cyprus Czechoslovakia Danish West Indies

    Dominica

    Ecuador
  • Ecuador, Martin de Bustamante collection, AFINSA, hard bound and boxed, 1996. 349 pages, $125.00, sold
  • Colection De Ecuador, Eugenio Gebauer ( also major Nepal ), C-RL-L 5736. 1996. $22.50 Ethiopia East, Near (Levant Holy Lands) and Far East

    East, Middle , also see Egypt, etc.

    Egypt

    Falkland Islands & Dependencies

    Fiji

    Finland

    France

    French Colonies

    Gambia

    Germany, Coloies and States
  • Auction Catalogs, German in German Gibraltar

    Great Britain

    Great Britain Official Stamps Greece Grenada Haiti Hispaniola Iceland India and States Ireland

    Isreal

    Italy & States

    Jamaica Japan Latin America Liberia Long Island

    Malaya

    Malta

    Mauritius

    Mexico

    Monaco

    Near East

    New Zealand

    Norway

    Palestine

    Portugal

    Peru

    Poland

    Rumania RL-S 2786-87 (B65-66) Oct 14, 1966, $30.00

    Russia

    Sarawak Scandinavia, Sweden, Norway, etc. South & Central America St. Vincent Seychelles Siam Straits Settlements

    Switzerland

    Thailand Tibet Tristan Da Cunha Tristan da Cunha>
    • Dr.Gene Scott, Daniel F. Kelleher No. 629, 4/21/12, $15.00
    Turks Islands
    • C.J.L. Snowden, RL 1202, $25.00,sold

    Venezuela

    • HR 2511, 1979, $20.00
    Virgin Islands
    • Ursula Collection, HR 2583, 198, $17.50
    Zululand
    • Wilson Wong collection, H-L 4648, 1996, $17.50, sold

    Auction House Runs & Name Sales

    AFINSA, Madrid, Spain

    • Portugal Classics, Angelo Lima Collection, AFINSA, hard bound in cloth box, 253 + pages, photoquality plates, 1995, $185.00
    • Brazil, Everaldo Santos collection of 19th Century Brazil, AFINSA, 2001, 260 lots with most being one page per lot, in color, paper case with dust jacket $110.00
    • Ecuador, Martin de Bustamante collection, AFINSA, hard bound and boxed, 1996. 349 pages, $125.00
    • First Postage Stamp of Spain, AFINSA, hard bound in cloth box, 1997, 288 pages, pr, cloth, large photograph prints of plating quality, $215.00
    • 20th Anniversary Collection, rare classic covers of the world, AFINSA, hard bound and in cloth box, 2000, $100.00
    George Alevizos, California
    • An exceptional run from a house that specialized in the Orient and Exotic, large format sales apparently complete from No. 5, March 5, 1987 through Sale No. 118, June 25, 2002, but missing No. 41-57, 87, No 102, 103, & 105, 106 are hard bound presentation copies, three of his small format sales from 1976 and a few net priced one and a folder of prices realized, the lot, delivered to a US mailing address, $675.00
    Corinphila, Zurich, Switzerland, A major dealer in rarities from the days of Ferrari to date
    • No. 45, April 1958 - 100, June 1997 complete less No. 92, 94, 96-99 but also including 6 later sales, new conditon,a number with pr, sold
    • No. 47, Dec 1960 - No. 56, Oct 1973, $60.00, sold
    • Latin America, No. 116, 1999, hard bound with dj, 150 pages, hard bound with dj, pr, $80.00
    David Feldman, Geneva, Switzerland
    • 1976 - 1997, 29 catalogs with a weight of 65 lbs, $250.00, sold
    John A. Fox, New York

    H. R. Harmer, Inc., London

    Mercury Stamp Co., New York

    Michael Rogers, Inc., Winter Park, Florida

    Robert G. Kaufmann, Wayne Township, N.J.

    Sotheby Park Bernet Stamp Auction Co., Inc., New York Sale 1, 1977, Sale 56, 1981

    Henry M. Spelman III, San Anselmo, California

    Sale numbers 1 - 23 were held by Robert Lewenthal of San Francisco. The Lewenthal sale numbers appear to start with No. 15, my earliest catalog is April 25, 1965 however I have only 19 of the 23. Henry's sales started with No. 24 held on October 24, 1976 and continued until his final one, No. 67 held on June 29, 1989. These sales are in new condition and are from the estate of Mr. Spelman, they have been perfected as much as possible from copies in stock, only the below four HMS runs are available.

    Herman ( Pat ) Herst, Jr, Shrub Oak, NY Walter S. Scott Stamp Co., New York

    Waverly Trading Co., Waverley, Ma

    Richard C. Frajola, Danbury, Ct; Empire Co. & Ranchos de Taos, NM

    Sales 1 - 58, plus 4 Private Treaty sales, 1981 - 1995, June 1987 through May 1995, 58 auctions and 4 private treaty sales, 1 Confidential Bid Auction of US PA in Shanghai, 1998

    John W. Kaufmann, Washington

    H.R. Harmer Ltd, New Bond St., London

    Major run of the yellow covered auction catalogs, only a few flimsies (thin paper printed to Send overseas by air), excellent condition, most have prices realized, from

    Major Run of the British and British Colonies

    Large deluxe catalogs, all have some color, mostly World Wide and British Colonies

    Irwin Heiman, New York

    Lowell S. Newman & Co. Auctions, New Jersey

    Samuel C. Paige Auctions, Boston
    1. Dec. 1950 - Robert F. Chambers, US Stamples, in spiral binding and staples covers, $27.50
    2. March 1951 - US
    3. November 1951 - Covers
    4. March 1952 - Covers, $20.00
    5. November 1952 - US
    6. December 1952 - William N. Randell, US Covers, $20.00
    7. March 1953 - Covers
    8. June 1953 - George C. Willard, US One Cent 1851-57, $22.50
    9. December 1953 - US Covers and Stamps
    10. April 1954 - US , F.S. Whitney, W. C. Phillips
    11. June 1954 - US Covers
    12. December 1954 - US
    13. March 1955 - Roger C. Kellogg, Newfoundland, US
    14. June 1955 - Maurice C. Blake, US Covers, $20.00
    15. December 1955 - US
    16. April 1956 - US, M. F. Cole, R. H. Abbe
    17. December 1956 - Herbert T. Darlington, Territorial Covers
    18. March 1957 - US 19th Century Covers
    19. June 1957 - 19th Century US, $20.00
    20. November 1957 - Julian L. Williams, US
    21. December 1957 - MISSING
    22. May 1958 - G.M. Burr Locals and H. De Windt Fancy 20th Cty
    23. October 1958 - Western, US Covers, $20.00
    24. March 1959 - S.B. Ashbrook stampless, H. W. Stark, US Covers
    25. June 1959, Joseph A. Harbert, MISSING
    26. December 1959 - US, Western, Victoria, Territorial, $20.00
    27. April 1960, $20.00
    28. June 1960 - Arthur R. Davis
    29. December 1960
    30. March 1961 - US, R. C. Burleigh, E. W. Phippen, $20.00
    31. May 1961 - John H. Smith, Lynn Crandall Territorial, $20.00
    32. December 1961 -Dr. Carroll Chase 3c 1851-1857,, US
    33. May 1962 - Rosco C. Burleigh Vermont, E. W. Phippen $20.00
    34. Dec 1962 - MISSING
    35. April 1963 - Drenan's Vermont, Oliver H. Wolcott, $22.50
    36. Dec 1963 - MISSING

    Stanley Gibbons, London

    A good run from 1968 through 1979 being 191 catalogs, many with prices realized, excellent condition, some dulication, perhaps 20 in all, delivered to a US mailing address, $250.00. sold

    Shreves Philatelic Galleries, New York

    Robson Lowe, Postal History Sales

    Robson Lowe, Bournemouth

    Robson Lowe, London Robson Lowe, Switzerland

    H. Lazarus, New York

    Robert A. Siegel, New York

    Rarity Sales, one each year from 1964 to date

    An Excellent Working Run, vf, most with prices realized, Greg Manning Auctions, Montville, NJ

    Nutmeg Stamp Sales, Andrew Levitt, Danbury, Ct.

    Richard Wolffers, Inc., San Francisco, 1970-1995

    An excellent run starting with No. 3 in 1970 and continuing to number 189 in 1995 thus

    H. R. Harmer, Christie's Robson Lowe, etc.

    We can make up fine runs of these and other auction houses but have not done the sorting for lack of time.

    Auction House Memories

    Fond and perhaps not so Fond Memories from the past. We hope you enjoy visiting these names for a little walk down memory lane!

    Adelphia, Philadelphia

    Hy Bedrin, New York Max Bloch, New York Brooks Stamp Co, Brooklyn, New York Cleveland Stamp Auctions, Cleveland Cosmos Stamp Co, New York Cross Stamp Co., New York George Creed, Philadelphia Christian L. Dull, Philadelphia Equitable Stamp Co., New York Grace Stamp Co, New York Lee Gilbert, New York Gustave H. Fabian, Hempstead, New York M. E. Greebel, Inc. New York Hedley J. Hollands, Toronto Hobbs Stamp Co, New York Michael M. Karen, Far Rockaway, New York Jack O. King Robert L. Kuehne, Mt Airy, MD H. Lazarus James E. Mace, Tamaque, Pa. John W. Nicklin, New York Ohlman Galleries, New York Haig G. Ouzounian, New York H. A. Robinette, Washington, DC Rosenbaum Co., Pittsburgh, Pa Uptown Stamp Co. New York

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