(Monte Carlo, Monaco) – Ron Brigham and Christoph Gärtner respectively President of Brigham Auctions Ltd. and President of Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner GmbH & Co. KG, signed an agreement in Monaco on December 6, 2013 to set up a joint venture to provide worldwide support to promote the sale of The Brigham Collection. As well Mr. Gärtner’ s company will provide, on request, technical support and advice to Brigham Auctions during the three to four years needed to complete the sale of the largest and greatest collection of Canada ever assembled.
In making the announcement in Monaco, Charles J. G. Verge, CEO of Brigham Auctions said, “I am delighted to be working with Christoph Gärtner. I have known him for more than 20 years and I am sure that he and his staff will be of great help to Brigham Auctions to help expand our markets outside North America for the sale of The Brigham Collection.” Ron Brigham indicated that Canada’s philately was the up and coming collecting and investment area and with the help of Mr. Gärtner and his company, “I believe that more collectors will be made aware of the potential of Canadian philately, the beauty and elusiveness of its stamps and postal history.” Mr. Gärtner, for his part, “looks forward to this cooperation that allows him to be part of the sale of such a great world class collection”.
The agreement is very timely as the first sale The Brigham Collection is slated for February 21-22, 2014. It will feature The Large Queen issue of Canada which was in use between 1868 and 1872 except for the 15 cents which was available till the end of the 19th Century. It is the first auction of approximately a dozen other Brigham Collection auctions covering the issues of Canada from 1851 to and including the rarities of the Elizabethan Era. It is estimated that it will take up to four years to dispose of the best collection of Canada ever assembled.
About The Brigham Collection
According to experts, The Brigham Collection comprises the greatest and most complete collection of Canada ever assembled. It spans over 150 years, with material ranging from the World Philatelic Champion collections of the Pence and Cents issues of 1851-1868, to the sought-after varieties of the Elizabethan era. Housed in more than 150 volumes, The Brigham Collection will be sold over the next few years by Brigham Auctions, Ltd.
The Brigham Collection has been a source of pride for Canada, garnering some 25 Large Gold Medals at international-level exhibitions and several Grand Prix competitions, including the Grand Prix d’Honneur at BELGICA 2001 – the first and only time a Canadian collection has won the World’s Philatelic Championship. This triumph was realized in the minimum required time by the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie – a record that has yet to be equaled.
It also has won the Grand Award at the Convention of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada an unprecedented five years in a row with five different segments of the collection. The Brigham Collection won the prestigious American Philatelic Society’s 1998 Champion of Champions competition with the Pence and Cents and the Grand Award in the Open Class with the Large Queens, the first time any exhibitor won both American championships in the same year.
Key items of the renowned collection include the rarest Canadian stamp, the 2¢ Large Queen on laid paper; the only marginal pair of Twelve-Penny Black in private hands; and a block of ten of Canada’s most iconic stamp, the 1959 Inverted Seaway.
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