Marketplace - Michael Rogers Auction - November, 2012
(Published: January, 2013, Volume 12, Number 1, Issue #33) (Table Of Contents)
(Author: Larry Fillion)


December 1st, 2012, Michael Rogers ran an auction and there were two amazing malaria lots with full sheets of Bhutan essays and are listed below:

1962 Unissued Anti-Malaria 33ch Guru Rinpoche sheet in the planned colors.

Complete sheet of 50 with plate numbers and Harrison and Sons imprint in selvage. The stamp was never issued as the Kingdom found out that the image was their most revered saint, Guru Rinpoche, who could not be depicted on a stamp which advocated the killing of living beings. The stamp has always been referred to in the philatelic press as the unissued Buddha stamp but this is incorrect. A rare exhibition piece.

(Estimate Price: $2000, Hammer Price: $1650 + 15% buyers fee.)
1962 Unissued Anti-Malaria 33ch Guru Rinpoche sheet in the planned colors.
1962 Unissued Anti-Malaria 33ch Guru Rinpoche sheet in the planned colors.
1962 Unissued Anti-Malaria 33ch Guru Rinpoche sheet in the planned colors.

Complete sheet of 50 with plate numbers and Harrison and Sons imprint in selvage. Printed in bistre with country name and value in yellow. A totally different shade than the original planned shades. This stamp was never issued. When the Kingdom found out that the image was their most revered saint, Guru Rinpoche who could not be depicted on an Anti-Malaria stamp which would involve the killing of mosquitos they cancelled the issue. Common lore always calls this the unissued Buddha stamp but this is incorrect. A unique sheet, only a few proofs appeared on the market years ago. Exhibition piece.

(Estimate Price: $2000, Hammer Price: $1250 + 15% buyers fee.)
1962 Unissued Anti-Malaria 33ch Guru Rinpoche sheet in the planned colors.
1962 Unissued Anti-Malaria 33ch Guru Rinpoche sheet in the planned colors.