‘Spirited bidding’ as rare Knockaloe stamps are put up for auction

Rare stamps printed at the Knockaloe internment camp exceeded their estimates at auction last week. This was one of a pair selling for nearly �2,000

Rare stamps printed at the Knockaloe internment camp exceeded their estimates at auction last week. This was one of a pair selling for nearly �2,000

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Extremely rare stamps produced at a First World War internment camp in the Isle of Man exceeded their estimates when they were auctioned in London last week.

Hosted by dealers Stanley Gibbons last Wednesday and Thursday, the auction of rare stamps from around the world included the only known unused stamp from the Knockaloe camp in private hands.

A 2d red stamp on ungummed paper, featuring the camp fence and huts with the three legged triskelion symbol in each corner, was designed and printed in the camp but withdrawn by the authorities before use.

 

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