Auction’s stamp of approval
THE art of philately is alive and well — if you’re over 70, that is. Many of our readers are facing a very merry Christmas indeed after their old stamp collections set off spirited bidding at a Brighton Philatelic Society auction.
Ken Young was advised to invest in first-day covers and other philately items in the ’60s. So he was stunned when told by a dealer this year they were worthless.
Enter Ross Newton, the society’s auction co-ordinator, who offered to sell Ken’s and other readers’ collections to the group’s 400 members.
Now Ken, from Nunawading, has gratefully accepted a cheque for $442.30, after the society auctioned his 20kg collection. Another reader received more than $3000. About 75 people attended the auction — overseen by 98-year-old auctioneer Len Buchanan — with bids from another 40 received by mail.
“Ross has been deeply thanked for solving my Christmas present cash problems,” Ken says.
More than 200 readers have rung Ross since our story to auction their collections.
“I have met some wonderful people and the common thread is they are downsizing and sadly have to sell their collection,” Ross says.
“Others are moving into nursing homes and are selling before ‘the kids’ take it all to the tip.”
The society is not accepting more collections right now, but we’ll let you know when they do.