News-Antique.com - Oct 25,2016 - • The 2,500 lot auction includes a comprehensive King George VI Commonwealth collection, valued at $7,600
• An envelope retrieved from a cannibal-infested region is also on offer
• Auction takes place on Saturday October 29 and October 30
Ace Stamp Auctions' 20th sale – hosted online by JustCollecting – will feature 2,500 rare lots of Australian and international postal history, in addition to coins and banknotes.
A November 1974 airmail envelope delayed by a highjacking is one of the standout lots.
The letter from Britain to Perth, Australia was in the hold of a Far East-bound British Airways VC10 when four Palestinian men hijacked the plane while it was refuelling in Dubai.
The hijackers forced the pilot to fly to Tunis, demanding the release of seven Palestinian terrorists. They killed a German passenger before giving themselves up 84 hours after the highjacking began.
The letter reached its destination several days late, having acquired two "DELAYED EN ROUTE - AIRCRAFT HI-JACK" cachets.
Ace Stamp Auctions' Ian Boulton comments: "These are rarely seen and the last one we had sold for AUD$210 ($160)." This example has an AUD$120 ($90) valuation.
A 1930 cover from Tananarive, Madagascar to Paris also stars. A flight carrying the letter crashed in dense forest in the Belgian Congo, killing the three-man crew. Cannibals ate the three men's bodies but spared the postal cargo. A rescue party discovered the letters, including this one, two months after the crash.
It still contains its original correspondence and a "RAID MADAGASCAR FRANCE ACCIDENT DU 13 JANVIER 1930" cachet on the reverse. Estimated at AUS$400 ($304).
The most valuable item in the sale is likely to be a comprehensive King George VI Commonwealth stamps collection. Presented in an original 1956 Stanley Gibbons illustrated album, the collection contains stamps in "mint lightly hinged" and "used" condition with an individual catalogue value in excess of $48,000. It has an AUD$10,000 ($7,600) valuation.
A 1999 £5 brown Machin imperforate horizontal pair is another highlight. The rarity of this error warrants an AUD$1,400 ($1,060) estimate.
A China-issued mint miniature sheet for the 1961 World Table Tennis Championships will also feature. It has an AUD$1,000 ($760) valuation.
The auction takes place at the University of Western Australia Guild Function Centre from Saturday October 29 to October 30.
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