Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dad's Stamp Collection Up For Auction

"Since a boy, I have been fascinated by the development of Australian stamps and what they tell the world about Australia’s history," says Hugh Morgan (shown above), one of Australia’s most well-known collectors.

Morgan's dad collected stamps and got him started. But now no one in the family wants to carry on the tradition so the collection is being auctioned off in London according to an article that appears on Australia's Financial Review website.

Morgan is quoted as saying, “I will not be attending the sale. It would be hard to watch it go, especially thinking of how my father too was so involved in it. But none of my children has an interest, it isn’t a family asset that lends itself easily to subdivision and putting the collection up for sale will give other collectors the opportunity to fill in some gaps. A collection is like a jigsaw puzzle, you’re always looking for pieces. And this is a collection that could still acquire, over the years, additional rare items.”

According to reporters Andrew Cornell and Terry Ingram, "As Morgan built on his father’s collection, he developed an interest in flawed issues and essays, proposed stamp designs submitted to the authorities. He’s animated by a kangaroo with a broken leg or a map of Australia without Tasmania."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM