Tuesday, 07 December 2021 20:00

Auction General Information:

Auction #10 Closes on Tuesday, 7 Dec. at 22:00 Israel-time (20:00 EST)

Welcome to our new 10th philatelic auction! This is both our smallest (at 150+ lots) but also our most important sale to date, featuring THE BEST Israeli postal history available anywhere in the market. The sale's display reads like a Guinness book of world records - the earliest known, the latest known, the only known covers of various kinds, of historical and philatelic importance, with an emphasis on rare stamp types, rates and routes.
 
The full pdf catalogue is accessible here; the lightweight catalogue is here.
 
A sampling of highlights: first known Palestine Mandate 20 mils coil leader on mail | latest dated Mandate mail from the Jerusalem HPO dated 5 May 1948 | the only known case of legally Taxi routed mail - a large ground-breaking article about which will be published on our blog | the only known registered letter 20m LATE FEE | earliest known EEF Palestine late fee (on printed matter) | the double letter 2pia rate on EEF Palestine mail | SY Argonaut Holyland maritime mail | WWII Nazi German 'Baghdad-overland' mail via PALESTINE, delivered | THE LAST airmail from WWII Nazi Germany to Palestine AFTER war declared | 1949 Israeli army double printed matter franked cover | 26 Apr 1948 arrival stamped LAST AIRMAIL from Mandate Palestine to UK... and there is PLENTY MORE!
 
This is a "buy or bid" sale, where the starting prices can be underbid by up to 25% but lots can be also bought out; maximum bids are kept confidential. There is a 5 minute time extension for bids received within the last minute of the auction time. The buyer's fee is 18%.
 
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We encourage visitors to look closely at the display and read the descriptions carefully: there is a lot of information there, much never seen before, painstakenly assembled from primary sources. Over 90% of the information comes from our compilation called the "Handbook of Holyland Postal History and Philately", available free here; the rest comes from cited sources in the descriptions. There's a lot to learn and much to marvel at. Our latest and pioneering research is published on our website blog. This is our Facebook "Israel-Holyland Philately Research Group" - join us for latest groundbreaking news, from the past!

 

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183A1003
Palestine 3m thin semi transparent paper stamp on 1930 printed matter cover USA
The rare thin semi-transparent vertically ribbed 3 mils Mandate pictorial in yellowish-green (Ba #91e) serving as overseas surface printed matter postage affixed to 13 MAR 1930 postmarked cover sent from JERUSALEM to LACROSSE USA & tied by machine cancel; backstamped 3 APR LACROSSE, WIS REC'D arrival; unsealed per printed matter regulations, horizontal fold.A rare paper-type stamp, generally c...
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0100A1004
Palestine 3m thin semi transparent paper COIL stamp on 1932 printed matter cover
The rare thin semi-transparent vertically ribbed 3 mils Mandate pictorial experimental coil stamp in pale-green (Ba #91e) serving as overseas surface printed matter postage affixed to 12 SEPT 1932 postmarked cover on imprinted business stationary, sent from JERUSALEM to BROOKLYN & tied by machine cancel; backstamped 30 SEPT SAINT JOHNS PLACE STATION arrival; unsealed per printed matter regulat...
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087A1005
Palestine 5pc 3m COIL stamp STRIP thick vertical ribbed paper 1936 airmail cover
GROUND BREAKING coil stamp DISCOVERY: vertical strip of 5x 3 mils pictorial stamps in yellow-green on thick vertically ribbed paper, as 15m airmail postage via Imperial Airlines, tied to 2 JULY 1936 air mail cover, from TEL AVIV to MUNICH & tied by 3x strikes of rare postmark with 3-letter month in date-stamp (Groten #C12, rated E / Sach #B44; without index letter - undocumented). Airmail to Europ...
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083A1006
Palestine 3m COIL stamp thick vertical ribbed paper 1939 cover + rare cancel
BIG DISCOVERY - undocumented 3 mils COIL stamp on THICK vertically ribbed paper, in lime-green hue, with perforation of 13¼ : 14½ (13.25 x 14.5) as recorded for this type of paper, affixed as postage for overseas surface mailed printed matter cover, sent from JERUSALEM to GONZALES USA & tied by the rare double circled Sach #F4 18 AUG 1939 dated machine cancel (rarity rated F out of J), o...
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698A1010
Earliest known used 5m Palestine booklet stamp sheet frank on 28 Oct 1929 cover
THE EARLIEST KNOWN USED BOOKLET SHEET STAMP: 28 OCT 1929 postmarked commercial cover on imprinted business postal stationary, sent from TIBERIAS to SAFED & franked 8m for the period postage rate for extra weight inland letter (5m initial 20g letter weight + 3m additional 20g weight), using pictorial series 3m single & 5m single with half-cropped left gutter (both on thick vertically ribbed...
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177A1018
Earliest known airmail used 1930s Palestine 15m dark gray stamp on RIBBED paper
Discovery: earliest known used rare 15m stamp in dark gray (Ba #108c) here undocumented on vertically ribbed paper, tied to 21 JUNE 1933 postmarked air mail cover on Tanne & Co. business postal stationary, from TEL AVIV to police president in DUSSELDORF Germany, as postage for the Imperial Airlines rate - rare as a single frank - & tied by single strike of local Head Post Office postmark: ...
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285A1019
Undocumented greenish gray shade #108c 15m Palestine stamp on 1945 airmail cover
DISCOVERY - undocumented shade of 15m Ba #108c stamps, in greenish-gray, as 2x 15m franking part of 130m franking applied to 21 MAR 1945 postmarked airmail cover sent from TEL AVIV to NEW YORK CITY "via England", on imprinted business postal stationary; backstamped 10 APR arrival; slit open at top. The cover was charged for the faster & more expensive 130m per 10g postage rate via Britain rath...
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1275A1020
SUPER DISCOVERY 20m COIL LEADER stamp pair woven paper on 1948 airmail to France
EARTHQUAKE: the 1st documented example of a 20 mils Pictorial COIL STAMP, here as a vertical pair bottom-fed coil leader on woven paper, serving as 40m airmail postage on 8 JAN 1948 postmarked cover from HAIFA to PARIS (the year looks like "1946" but the rate paid entered use 15 May 1947, so the"6" is an "8"); torn open at top but complete + vertical fold.The coil leader exhibits all of the classi...
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12101A1021
UNIQUE 4pc 20m COIL STAMP STRIP special perfs woven paper, postmark error airmail + odd watermarks
*MULTIPLE EARTHQUAKES* - DISCOVERIES: undocumented variant of 20 mils coil stamp strip as part of 95m postage, composed of 4x 20m + 5m single + 10m single serving as double rate postage by BOAC Airways (2x 40m letter weight + 15m registry fee), tied to 20 FEB 1945 postmarked registered airmail cover sent from TEL AVIV to GLASGOW UK & tied by multiple strikes of REGISTERED TEL AVIV postmark on ...
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389A1036
SY Argonaut ship cachet 1905 Austrian PO franked Holyland maritime mail postcard
Holyland maritime mail SHOWPIECE: 3 MARCH 1905 postmarked color picture postcard of Sepphoris/Tzipori (Joseph Mitri of Jaffa publ.), mailed on board the British ship S.Y.Argonaut of London and addressed to RAMSGATE (UK); prefranked 20pa per period overseas postcard rate by the Holyland Austrian post office in HAIFA & cancelled by the post office there + tied on back by full strike of the ship'...
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1887A1044
ONLY KNOWN 20m registered letter LATE FEE on double weight 1932 airmail cover UK
THE "HOLY GRAIL": REGISTERED MAIL 20 mils LATE FEE applied to airmailed 27 SEPT 1932 postmarked double weight medium-sized commercial registered air mail cover sent from Orange Growers Cooperative Society in TEL AVIV to business in LONDON, franked 63m per period postage rate for 13m registry fee + 20m base 20g rate via Imperial Airways to London + 10m first tranch additional 20g weight + 20m regis...
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16107A1055
UNIQUE Nazi German 1941 WWII Baghdad overland cover Berlin-Tehran via PALESTINE
EXTRAORDINARY WWII German postal link via PALESTINE: 12 JULY 1941 postmarked registered surface mail cover on imprinted bank postal stationary with teleprinted address, sent from BERLIN to TEHRAN Iran & franked 55pf; with manuscript routing "via Istanbul-Erzurum" + stamped with boxed customs-declaration cachet "foreign exchange bank, contents - no goods"; the cover was opened & sealed by the censo...
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491A1105
Mar 1948 last known airmail cover Egypt - Palestine/Israel before postal boycott
LAST MAIL FROM EGYPT - latest recorded incoming cover prior to 1948 Egyptian seizures of mail to Palestine & mail suspension: 24 MARCH 1948 postmarked air mail registered cover from Elyakim Struck in ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia to Mrs. Chava Motolsky in TEL AVIV, franked 80c per period rate & tied by 2x strikes of the local postmark on the front; backstamped 26 March FAROUK AIRPORT 1am transit + another ...
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481A1108
April 1948 Last British BOAC airmail cover ex Palestine Mandate 26 Apr BACKSTAMP
LAST BRITISH BOAC AIRMAIL OUT OF MANDATORY PALESTINE: [Sunday] 18 April 1948 postmarked commercial air mail cover on Spinneys Ltd business postal stationary, from HAIFA to business in MITCHAM United Kingdom, franked 25m per period rate to the UK & tied by single strike of the local postmark; backstamped office receipt [Monday] 26 April 1948 with 8:45 time stamp - a rare and critical proving da...
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374A1110
2 May 1948 Latest Known airmail cover ex Palestine Mandate, accepted Tel Aviv PO
LATEST KNOWN postmarked outbound MANDATE era airmail, [Sunday] 2 MAY 1948 from TEL AVIV to business in CHICAGO, franked 65m per period air mail rate to the US & tied by 4 strikes of the Head Post Office public counter double-ring postmark + British airmail etiquette - the cover was actually handed in in-person & accepted for dispatch, not postmarked by the sorting office going through accu...
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9114A1111
UNIQUE 1st day interim cover Haifa Head Post Office 6 May 1948 with TAXI ROUTING
POSTAL HISTORY GOLD (2x DISCOVERIES) - prepaid Taxi mail as 1st day Minhelet Haam interim post at Haifa Head Post Office, with Mandate machine cancel: 6 MAY 1948 postmarked commerical cover from HAIFA to Dr. Oskar Jehoshua Gruenbaum at 101 Yehuda HeLevy Street in TEL AVIV "via Taxi Kesher", franked 10m per period letter rate using interim frank on first day of use at the HPO & tied by Mandate-...
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289A1112
May 1948 interim cover Tel Aviv-Haifa postmarked Haifa HPO, likely carried by TAXI
TAXI MAIL groundbreaker: undated 10-14 May period 1948 interim commercial cover on Haaretz newspaper imprinted postal stationary, return addressed to Haaretz in TEL AVIV and sent to the newspaper's post office box address in HAIFA - and postmarked in Haifa at the head post office; franked 30m using 3x 10m interim stamps (likely for 10m base letter rate + 3x 6m additional weight, with 2m overpaid) ...
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6104A1117
Rare 1948 interim Israel War Independence printed matter cover to NAHARAYIM
NAHARAYIM 1948: interim period rare commercial printed matter cover sent from Kupat Holim (HMO) in TEL AVIV to branch in NAHARAYIM via KINNERET Post Office, franked 3m (Ba #3) per period rate & unsealed per printed matter regulations.Exceptionally rare postal history as the tiny hydroelectic-station locale, on the Palestine/Israel-Jordan border, was largely evacuated on 12 April and attacked b...
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1294A1118
1948 interim postcard Givat Haim-Jerusalem MENTIONS last Mandate Jerusalem mail
RARE postal history documentation on 1948 interim Israel postal card sent with Piker family correspondence from Shlomo at the small locale of Kibbutz GIVAT HAIM to Nechama at Mekor Baruch neighborhood of JERUSALEM, franked 8m per period 7m rate using interim stamps (including Ba #1e with red overprint) & tied by single strike of the local postmark; with personal message written by a religious pers...
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21103A1119
ONLY KNOWN 1948 interim LATE FEE on printed matter cover ex Haifa Head Post Office
1948 interim Israel era LATE FEE cover: undated local HAIFA commercial cover to texile company at MOUNT CARMEL, sent from the HEAD POST OFFICE & franked 12m per period letter rate (10m per 30g weight or part thereof) + 2m LATE FEE, using interim stamps 2x 5m + 1x 2m and tied by 2x strikes of the interim HPO split ovals canceller - a rare combination as this interim cancel device was instituted lat...
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288A1121
Rare HAIFA transit marked 1948 interim Israel ROSH PINNA postmark register cover
DISCOVERY: HAIFA transit mark on Rosh Pinna interim cancelled small locale mail: undated registered cover from TEL AVIV to KVUTZAT HULIOT (Kibbutz Sde Nehemia) via ROSH PINNA POST, franked 30m for 15m registry + 10m letter rate + 6m additional weight here underpaid 1m without sanction, using interim stamps; backstamped 12 MAY 1948 HAIFA REGISTERED transit with late usage of Mandate postal marks du...
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291A1122
1948 interim period LAST incoming airmail 1st special CSA flight 14 May backstamp
Last incoming air mail during Minhelet Haam interim period - Independence Day arrival: 5 MAY 1948 postmarked registered airmail cover sent from ARAD Romania to PARDESS HANNA, franked 78 Lei + 1 Lei airmail tax (6 Lei franking detached & missing from the back) & tied by 3x strikes of the local postmark on front/back; backstamped 7 May BUCHAREST AIRMAIL transit & 14 MAY PARDESS HANNA arr...
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262A1126
Rare 1st day Israel mail 15 May 1948 Ahuzat Samuel to Gaaton + interim postmark
TRUE 1st Day ISRAEL mail - 15 MAY 1948 cover with *interim* postmarks: cover sent from the AHUZAT SAMUEL town agency to addressee at Kibbutz GAATON, franked 33m using interim stamps; as the stamps are decoratively affixed around the sides of the cover this was probably done by the sender and not the clerk, and the franking was probably for additional weight registered mail (10m + 15m + 6m; 31m tot...
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965A1127
Apr 1948 cover besieged Jerusalem-Jaffa on last mail dispatch, sent to Haifa & Tel Aviv
Small cover, BIG DISCOVERY: the last known transport of Mandate mail OUT of besieged JERUSALEM - to besieged JAFFA: 24 April 1948 postmarked miniature business-card sized cover with enclosed message of condolences on business card, all in Arabic, from lawyer Johannes Merguerian in JERUSALEM to Magistrates Court judge Daoud Abu-Ghazaleh in JAFFO, franked 10 mils per domestic letter rate using Picto...
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