There are stories you can’t make up and yet we experience wondrous and surprising things again and again, both in life as well as in philately.
In the summer of this year, a gentleman came to our auction house, the son of a German engineer who had lived in China all his life. A successful businessman who reached the
last flight from Wuhan to Germany when the Corona Pandemic broke out, with the stamp
collection he had built up with his father in his luggage.
The father, a senior engineer in the construction of the steelworks in Wuhan in the 1970s, went to the Wuhan Philatelic Sales Office once a month with his young son to buy stamps. The stamps of the seventies were quite good to buy, the earlier stamps of the Cultural Revolution were already rare at that time. The little boy's enthusiasm for collecting stamps lasted for many years until 1984 when, as a young man, he locked his stamp collection in a suitcase and only opened it again in our house after almost 40 years.
He knew that his collection increased in value by now and we were really wide-eyed when we unpacked the modern philatelic rarities of the People's Republic of China. With expert
knowledge, father and son had acquired entire sheets and blocks in hundreds of packages,
marginal overprints and imperforated stamps that had not been on the market for years were
found, as a half sheet of the monkey from 1980.
So we have made every effort to process this extraordinary top collection of modern philately in detail and in high quality, a collection that has hardly been available anywhere in the world for years. The Wuhan Estate was excellently supplemented by a very
high-quality China collection that we received from a German collector. However, we have
not detailed everything and some lots will also be auctioned in the collection part of our
main auction on Saturday, we ask you to pay attention to this part as well.
However, we were not able to detail everything and some lots have thus also been included in the collection part of our main auction.
The separate China catalogue attracted international attention in the autumn auction. For example, "Yenan Shrine of Chinese Revolution" in complete sheets proved to be extremely sought after. These reached ten times their starting price and were only sold to a persistent bidder at 50,000 euros (lot 4102, estimate: 5,000 euros). No less in demand were the 100 blocks of the "National Science Conference" in original packaging (lot 4211, hammer price: 42.000 Euro, estimate: 15.000), 100 blocks of "Galloping Horses" in original sales packaging (lot 4220, hammer price: 48.000 Euro, estimate: 20.000 Euro), as well as the legendary 8 f "Golden Monkey" in half sheet (lot 4300, hammer price: 39.000 Euro, estimate: 25.000 Euro).
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