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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.


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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).

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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).

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Other lots of interest were lot 1962 that featured a 30 øre Posthorn og 15 øre Svalbard on cover, cacheted "Ny-Ålesund 9.5.28" and "Esplorazione Polare :Nobile: Dirigible Italia". On the reverse it was stamped "Bureau d exchange d Oslo 21.9.28" and a French postmark "Paris Gare du Nord 22.9.28". This cover was produced by Roessler during a preparatory flight of the Italia Airship and only 20 covers were produced. The winning bid was NOK 9 000 (£825).

A related lot, number 1999 was a cover cancelled "Sesto Calende Milano 10.6.28" and a line mark "Spedizione Aerea Di Soccorso Sesto Calende-Kingsbay" cachet and a "R.N.C.de Milano Sped.Artica 1928 18.6.28" in lower left corner. The envelope was signed by the radio operator "Albello Almerigo" during a rescue expedition sent to search for the missing airship after it had crashed.

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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).

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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.

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Lot 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 reached £5,200.

There were less lots at this auction, but the quality was extremely high. The pre-sale total estimate of £34 000 was well exceeded with a final sales total of £56 000 being reached. The small number of unsold polar lots from this auction with be featured in a future Grosvenor auction later in the year.

Fred had such an extensive Spitsbergen and Arctic collection that it was planned to offer in two auctions. Part two will be featured at the next Kjell Germeten auction in Oslo on Saturday 28th April. Further details will be added to the PPHSGB website nearer the time. If you are not able to attend in person you will be able to place bids directly on the Kjell Germeten auction website at:

http://www.germeten.no/frimerkeauksjon-htm/auksjon-93-01.aspx

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29 November 2017 - Grosvenor Auction, London

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 2017Kjell 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

Fred 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

And the polar postcards here (starting at lot 1063): http://auction.germeten.no/no/Auction/100011/Category/101000 

29 November 2017 - Grosvenor Auction, London

Website: http://www.grosvenorauctions.com/auctions
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.

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Two of the important items in the auction are shown at the bottom of page 83 of the September issue of Polar Post. The lot numbers are not yet known. The cover shown to the left was sent by Captain Robert F. Scott to Lady Evans. It was carried by the relief ship S/YMorning to New Zealand and postmarked on the arrival day at Lyttleton March 25th, 1903. The cover also bears the special expedition vignette in the upper left hand corner and the ship name Discovery was inserted by hand.

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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 2017Kjell Germeten International Auctions A/S, Oslo

Website: http://www.germeten.no/frimerkeauksjon-htm/om-oss-eng.aspx

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.

The 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 Spitsbergen 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 cancellation.