Auc­tion’s stamp of ap­proval

Herald Sun - - NEWS -

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.

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