Monday, November 15, 2010

Eccentric Aristocrat's Amazing Stamp Collection

Britain's Daily Mail reports, "The vast stamp collection of an eccentric aristocrat who used to greet guests with a parrot on her shoulder is expected to fetch up to £3 million at auction later this month."

Lady Mairi Bury became one of the world's most renowned female philatelists by amassing a remarkable collection of British postage stamps including a Penny Black used on the first day of official use - May 6, 1840 which is shown here.

According to the article, "Following Lady Mairie's death, aged 88, last year, Sotheby's said it would need three days to sell her huge collection of more than 2,000 lots, describing it as one of the finest postage stamp collections to appear on the market in 25 years."

The Sotheby's auction takes place in London from November 24 to 26.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM