13 June 2018 - Grosvenor Auction, London
Grosvenor will hold their next specialised section of Falkland
Islands & Antarctic material in their British Empire & Foreign Countries auction on
June 13 th. The Antarctic section includes postcards sent by Ernest Shackleton to his fiancée, Emily
Dorman, whilst returning
from the British Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04. You can find out more at www.grosvenorauctions.com
28th April 2018
- Kjell Germeten, Oslo: Auction Results
One of the first Spring days in Oslo saw more of the collection of spitsbergen and arctic material from the collection of our late member Fred Goldberg (and other polar material) go under the hammer at Kjell Germeten auctions. There was a reasonable
attendance in the hall and many bids had been placed online and with the auction house in advance. The Spitsbergen items seemed to attract mainly Norwegian
bidders with expedition items attracting overseas bidders. All items from Fred's collection sold at
good market prices showing yet again that items "fresh to the market" are always in demand.
The final remaining items from Fred Goldberg's collection will be sold at the next Germeten auction later in
The highest price went to lot 1844, a cover mailed from the
Maud Expedition by Roald Amundsen featuring an “Amundsen
North Polar Expedition Air Mail” label signed by Amundsen,
US President Warren Harding and Postmaster General Hubert Work. This sold for NOK 17 000 (£1,560) which was NOK 3 500 (£310) more than a similar lot offered in Oslo in November last year. Prices are going up!
Other interesting lots (lot 1937) included one of the ten covers known sent from the expedition led by Hubert Wilkins to search for lost Soviet flyers
commanded by Sigimund Levanevsky
in 1938. The lot went for NOK 3 400 (£310).
Another interesting lot, 1804, was a proof cachet "Nordpolen 28.3.25". from the engraver Rui who had produced a hand stamp for the American explorer and sponser LIncoln Ellsworth who took part in Roald Amundsen's flight expedition with the N24 and N25 planes in an attempt to reach the North Pole in 1925. The expedition did not succeed in reaching the North Pole and the cachet was never officially used and is, therefore, very rare.
Two fine covers from Umberto Nobile's Italia airship expedition of 1928 both made identical prices of NOK 2 800 (£255).
One, lot 1828, was a registered cover on supply ship Citta di Milano stationery. The other, lot 1829, had a rare expedition cachet from Baia del Ra where the supply ship was based in Svalbard.
The other unusual polar lot, 1820, was an archive from the family of Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen, who took part in the 1925 attempt on the North Pole with Roald Amundsen, as mentioned above, and succeeded on reaching the Pole on the Norge airship expedition with Amundsen in 1926. The lot reached NOK 10 500 (£950) and included numerous documentation sent to Riiser-Larsen during his expeditions. Some examples below - a telegram sent from Amundsen advising tht he is arriving in Italy to sign an agreement for the Norge airship:
An early original mining claim note from William D Monroe who was the agent for John Longyear who started the Spitsbergen mining industry and fpunded themain town Longyearbyen:
and, finally, a congratulatory note with interesting content to Hjalmar Riiser- Larsen from the Royal Air Force after his N25 and N26 North pole expedition in 1925:
Remaining items from the Fred Goldberg collection will be sold at the next Kjell Germeten Auction in Oslo on Saturday 28th April 2018. Bids can be placed directly on the website here:
The auction catalogue can be downloaded here: http://germeten.no/pdf-filer/93-ktl-komplett05.pdf
Fred Goldberg Polar Auctions November 2017
November saw the first auctions featuring the polar collection from our late member Fred Goldberg. Saturday 18th November saw part of Fred’s collection of Spitsbergen and Arctic Expedition material being featured at Kjell Germeten in Oslo, while Wednesday 29th November saw Fred’s Antarctic material being offered at Grosvenor Auctions in London.
The results of both auctions showed that the demand for high quality polar material remains very strong, particularly for polar items that have not been seen on the market for many years. All 128 lots offered at Oslo sold with bids coming in by mail, by phone, on the Internet and in a packed auction room close to the Royal Palace. The final sales value of NOK 342 000 (£32,000) excluding buyer commission was over three times the starting prices.
Two arctic lots had been featured in the advertising for this auction in Polar Post. The first was lot 1990, a cover mailed from the Maud Expedition that was produced in small numbers by Roald Amundsen for selected dignitaries that had helped in the expedition preparation or Amundsen wished to impress. It featured an “Amundsen North Polar Expedition Air Mail” label on which regular US postage stamps were affixed. The cover had a one line “Maudexpeditionen” cachet and a green North Star Air Post cachet in which information was filled in. This cover had been signed by Roald Amundsen, US President Warren Harding and Postmaster General Hubert Work and sold for NOK 13 500 (£1,250).
The other featured cover bore the Kings Bay, Ny-Ålesund Post Office, Cancellation Type 1. 4-ring cancel no 742 that had been used during a short period from mid-October 1918 to mid-May 1919 after the Kings Bay Post Office received a new Schweizer-type canceller. The cover was cacheted Kings Bay Spitsbergen and had been sent by the office manager of the mining company in Kings Bay, Otto Eide, to his brother in Bergen. This is the only known cover with this type 1 cancellation and as a result produced strong competition between polar collectors and Norwegian cancellation collectors. The final sales total was NOK 20 000 (£1,850).
Polar postcards also featured and achieved strong results. Postcard lot 1077 showing the Fram returning from Nansen’s expedition at Harstad in Norway fetched NOK 2 800 (£260), lot 1080 with the Fram returning from Otto Sverdrup’s expedition reached NOK 2 600 (£240) and a booklet of cards from the Prince of Monaco’s expedition to Spitsbergen in 1906, lot 1085, made NOK 2 500 (£230).
Two weeks later the attention turned South when the Antarctic material was on offer in London. Star item in the exceptional collection of Antarctica formed by Fred was the 1911 Roald Amundsen expedition envelope (lot 1163), the only known example to have travelled to Antarctica and sent on the return of the ship “Fram”. Determined bidders forced the price upward to £19,220. From the British National Expedition of 1901-04 and featured on the front cover of the auction catalogue, an attractive envelope addressed by Captain Scott and bearing the “NATIONAL ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION” label (lot 1139) climbed to £6,820.
1136 featured a postcard from the British National Expedition 1901-04
written and signed by Ernest Shackleton
to his fiancée, Emily Dorman, in London, franked by Cape 1d.
cancelled Simonstown Oct. 14 1901 en route to Antarctica.
Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) was at this time third
lieutenant on the ''Discovery'', in charge of holds,
stores, provisions and deep sea water analysis. Shackleton
married the future Lady Shackleton on Apr. 9 1904. It is said that
her solicitor father did not approve of the match and
Shackleton ''only signed up to win his bride. He wanted to impress
her, and it was the only way he could think of impressing her
enough that she would marry him''. This fine postcard
The catalogue of the late Fred Goldberg’s collection of material from Antarctic Expeditions is now available to view at the Grosvenor Auctions website: http://www.grosvenorauctions.com/auctions/sale-detail?id=161
17-18 November 2017 - Kjell Germeten International Auctions A/S, Oslo
Website: The auction
of PPHSGB late member Fred Goldberg’s arctic items
in Oslo on 19th November has now been finalised: http://www.germeten.no/frimerkeauksjon-htm/auksjon-92-01.aspx
The auction catalogue is now online if you would like to view it: http://www.germeten.no/pdf-filer/92-ktl-komplett-www06.pdf
Goldberg is featured on page 131 and the philatelic items can be seen on pages
131 to 143 and the polar postcards
on pages 13 to 19.
Potential bidders can also bid directly online on the "Fred Goldberg Polar Collection" here: http://auction.germeten.no/no/Auction/100011/Category/101002100010091003
the polar postcards here (starting at lot 1063): http://auction.germeten.no/no/Auction/100011/Category/101000
29 November 2017 - Grosvenor Auction, London
The late Fred Goldberg’s collection of material from Antarctic Expeditions will form part of this auction. For the online catalogue please consult the above website from about a month before the auction.
The right-hand cover was sent from Roald Amundsen to his brother Gustav and was postmarked Buenos Aires 22 April 1911 when S/Y Fram returned from Antarctica. This cover is the only one known that has been in Antarctica from the Amundsen expedition.
17-18 November 2017 - Kjell Germeten International Auctions A/S, Oslo
The late Fred Goldberg’s Collection of Spitsbergen and Arctic Expeditions will form part of this auction. For the online catalogue please consult the above website from about a month before the auction. Two of the items (lot numbers known yet known) are shown in colour in the middle of Page 83 of the September issue of Polar Post.The left-hand cover from the Maud Expedition is one of the special covers which were made for dignitaries helping Amundsen. He had a special “Amundsen North Polar Expedition Air Mail” label on which the regular postage stamps were affixed. The covers also had a one line “Maudexpeditionen” cachet and a green North Star Air Post cachet in which information was filled in. This cover is signed by Roald Amundsen, US President Warren Harding and Postmaster General Hubert Work.
right-hand cover is from Spitsbergen/Svalbard. It
bears the Kings Bay, Ny-Ålesund Post Office, Cancellation
Type 1. 4-ring cancel no 742 was used during a short
period from mid-October 1918 to mid-May 1919 when the
post office received a Kings Bay cancellation of
Schweizer-type. The cover is also cacheted Kings Bay
on the stamps and was sent from the office manager of
the mining company Otto Eide in Kings Bay to his brother
in Bergen. The same cancel no 742 was also temporarily used
during September 1918 at Östervaag-Björnöy.
This is the only known cover with this type 1
9th March 2016 (not before 2pm): Cavendish Auctions, Derby UK: The Martin Evans Collection & Library: Martin was for many years Treasurer of the PPHSGB but this auction contains only a few lots of interest to Polar Collectors. Attention is directed to lots 500 to 509 and Lots 885 & 886. The catalogue is available at: http://www.cavendish-auctions.com/
4th March 2016: Argyll Etkin Auction - The Auction catalogue will be available on the following website from around 4th February 2016 http://www.argyll-etkin.com/ : This Worldwide stamp and Postal History Auction includes two lots which may be of interest to members. Lot 217 comprises three postally used Entire letters written from the South Shetland Islands in 1820 and 1821, the three earliest recorded letters from the Antarctic Continent. They were written by Capt. Charles Winship of the Sealing Ship O’Cain of Boston to his father Abiel Winship, a merchant in Boston, Massachusetts. One is from New South Shetland Clothiers Harbour and two are from Potters Cove Livingston Island. Lot 396 is a very fine Falkland Island Dependencies King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II Stamp Collection with a most comprehensive study of the varieties.
23rd February 2016 at 9am: 33rd Christoph Gärtner Auction – Session Thematics/Overseas: Lots 3003 to 3056, 5047, 5048, 5048A and 5048B relate to classic Antarctic covers and postcards with the emphasis on the Swedish South Polar Expedition 1901-1904 and the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902-1904. There are also lots from other expeditions including Lot 3034 which is a postcard from the French Antarctic Expedition 1908-1910 bearing the rare “Pourquoi Pas? Label (start €15000). Lot 3037 (start €7000) is a German South Polar Expedition card with the hand stamp “Paid at South Georgia” tying the Expedition label to the card. Full details can be found at: www.auktionen-Gaertner.de Please note that the auction location is: Steinbeisstrasse 6+8, 74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.
20th November 2014 - 2pm - Session 3 of the Grosvenor London Auction: If you would like to see or even buy some classic Antarctic material, go to:
Lots 3685 to 4199 are mainly from the collection of the late Harry Evans - amazing material! You are never likely to see such excellent material in one auction again! There are also some great Falkland Islands lots 3535 -3684.
3946 ✉ “Fram-Expeditionen” printed envelope and rare autograph letter written on June 7 1910 at Horten, Norway by expedition leader Roald Amundsen to his brother Leon at Kristiania, sent the following day franked by 10ø. Posthorn and with June 9 machine arrival on reverse, some creasing and small tears but rare. The letter written on board the “Fram” in Bundefjorden inlet just prior to the ship’s departure, Amundsen’s brother being one of the privileged few who were aware that the true destination was not the Arctic but an attempt on the South Pole. Estimate £1,200-£1,500
4007 ✉ Autograph short letter to New Zealand schoolboy written on exhibition letterhead by expedition leader Douglas Mawson during the return voyage on the Aurora on “15th Feb. 1914”, the envelope with damage at top, bearing Australia 1d. Kangaroo (scarce franking for expedition mail) cancelled by Adelaide Feb. 26 1914 c.d.s. with “LOOSE SHIP’S LETTER/(penguin)/S.Y. AURORA/A.A.E.” cachet below. Estimate £1,000-£1,20019th August 2014: Harry (H. E. J.) Evans, 25th July 1925 to 5th August 2014: The founding father of the PPHSGB died on 5th August at the age of 89. Harry founded the Society in December 1952 and served on the Committee as Secretary, Treasurer and Cover Sales Coordinator from 1952 to 1992. He became President in 1987, a position that he held for the rest of his life. He also continued to deal with cover sales until the end of 2006. His extensive collection of Antarctic Material including some nice little items from the Heroic Age has been consigned to Grosvenor Auctions, London, and at least part of the material is expected to be included in the Grosvenor Sale planned for 19th/20th November 2014. An obituary is included in the September 2014 issue of Polar Post.
‘Lot 2450 - cover with embossed 'DISCOVERY ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1901/[penguin]' crest in blue on the flap and engraved 'NATIONAL ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION' label in steel-blue with manuscript endorsement "DISCOVERY" in the lower tablet, local usage with Pictorials 4d & the label both tied by 'CHRISTCHURCH/17AP03/NZ' cds, registration cachet in magenta, with the enclosed matching embossed notepaper & a brief message signed "EH Shackleton". A delightful cover, stated to be the only recorded usage of an Expedition label on a registered cover. Shackleton had contracted a nasty dose of scurvy in Antarctica. Scott insisted Shackleton return to New Zealand to recuperate, which the latter did most reluctantly. "Morning" departed 2/3/1902, arriving at Lyttleton 25/3/1902. The endorsement on the label is so neat; at first glance it appears to be printed. It's doubtful EHS added the inscription: his handwriting would readily qualify him for the medical or legal professions.’7th March 2013 at 2.30pm - Grosvenor Auction Sale N° 79 - The John E Du Pont collection of the Falkland Islands and Dependencies: This superlative classic collection, formed by one of the most famous, award-winning collectors of the twentieth century, includes many rare proofs and stamps from the reigns of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and King George V, as well as an impressive range of scarce early covers from and to the islands.
For Polar collectors there are a small number of lots relating to South Georgia (Lots 2142 to 2156), the South Orkneys (Lot 2157 - a 1904 Orcadas del Sud cover) and Deception Island (Lots 2158 to 2166). One of the prize lots (N°2149) is a mint block of thirty, rows 3 to 7, of the 1928 2½d on 2d purple-brown provisional surcharge with margins; [R. 6/4] shows SURCHARGE DOUBLE. The estimate is a mere £40,000 to £50,000!