The romance of early aviation history was brought to life in London at a Stanley Gibbons stamp auction on Wednesday (1 September).
GV EXT. Stanley Gibbons Auction Room.
GV People sitting at auction.
GV Auctioneer calling bids for Lot 202 (1927 Newfoundland, Azores, Italy cover)
CU Cancelled stamp. (4 shots)
GV Auctioneer calling final bid of 2,900 pounds sterling.
GV Auctioneer calling bids for Lot 124 (1919 Transatlantic attempted flight cover)
CU Stamp (3 shots)
GV Auctioneer closing bid at 3,000 pounds sterling.
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Background: The romance of early aviation history was brought to life in London at a Stanley Gibbons stamp auction on Wednesday (1 September).
SYNOPSIS: Airmail stamps from 1870 onwards came under the hammer at the firm's Drury Lane sale-rooms and during the first session of the three-day sale a stamp from the year 1927 attracted some keen interest from prospective buyers. It came from the collection of Mr. Geoffrey L. Solomon, who bought his first airmail stamps 30 years ago.
The stamp was issued for a flight from Newfoundland via The Azores to Italy by the Marches Francesco de Pinedo and has a face value of 60 cents. It was cancelled at St. Johns on the 20th of May - De Pinedo left Newfoundland on the 23rd of May, but was forced down some 200 miles from the Azores. He later flew on to Rome, arriving on the 16th of June.
Mr. Harry Geffen bought the stamp for his private collection.
The auctioneer then called bids for Lot 124 -- another rare airmail stamp and envelope, this time commemorating a transatlantic flight made by Harry Hawker and Kenneth Mackenzie Grieve in 1919. It was also cancelled in St. Johns. When the plane was about 1,500 miles out to sea it was forced down and, as in most cases of this nature, the stamps came off because of their immersion in water and were replaced. Again Mr. Geffen was the buyer - and paid the highest price of the day.