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Armadale Victoria, Australia
DoneWed, Apr 30, 2014 4:00 AM GMT

Julian Sterling Philatelic Auction, Part 1

When Julian Sterling passed away in Melbourne in June 2012, at the age of 88, he spirit and enthusiasm of an extraordinary collector died with him. He was particularly interested in the Kangaroo and King George V issues that were current during his childhood and during the Depression, but, true to form, was not satisfied with acquiring “one of each”. He searched auction catalogues, private collections and dealers’ stocks looking for exotic, unusual and scarce items of the highest quality. On this final, relentless quest, he succeeded in unearthing exquisite and rare items that had been held in private collections for decades. The Julian Sterling Philatelic Collection will be offered for sale by Mossgreen Auctions, recently merged with Charles Leski Auctions, in a series of three auctions between April and June 2014, in Melbourne. This is the first of those catalogues and encompasses the First and Second Watermark Kangaroo issues. Collectors and dealers will be astonished at the sheer quantity of Monogram singles, strips and blocks, Imprint blocks and pairs, varieties, perforation and watermark variants that Sterling managed to assemble in a relatively short time. This truly unique collection of exceptional quality and focus is a fitting final achievement of an extraordinary collector.