08.08.2016 - Printing plate of the famous Mauritius Post Office stamps will be auctioned this year
(wm) The auction house of David Feldman in Onex/Geneva recently has announced that it has been selected by the Burrus family to auction the printing plate that was used to create the two different ‘Mauritius Post Office’ stamps of 1847. The printing plate was rediscovered in the beginning of 2015, almost 170 years after the plate was used by a local printer on the island Mauritius. For decades, the printing plate has been in the possession of Maurice Burrus. Expert examination confirmed that the plate was ‘the real thing’: it was this printing plate that was used to print the famous blue and orange stamps that are among the most valuable in the world. The auction house Feldman has been preparing the sale of the printing plate since it was rediscovered. The object has been presented on several international exhibitions, like those in London, Singapore, Monaco and - most recently - in New York. Also a book was published that documents the story of the printing plate in depth. Feldman considers the plate as ‘the largest philatelic treasure’ that it has handled.
The auction on which the printing plate will be on offer will start on 28 November 2016. The well-known ‘Bombay Letter’ will also come under the gavel: it concerns the only cover that shows two copies of the orange 1 penny ‘Mauritius Post Office’ stamp.