Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Own your own genuine plaster cast of QE II by Arnold Machin
Here's a once-in-a-lifetime (actually, a once-only) event. Arnold Machin passed away in 1999 and his wife a couple of years later. Apparently, their family home went to their son Francis, who sadly passed away last year.
The home has been sold and the contents are being auctioned.
Of most interest to philatelists is the discovery that Machin had one of the plaster casts that he had created during the development of the stamp. I don't know where this one fits in with the history of that development, but I certainly hope Douglas Muir (Curator, Philately at the British Museum & Archive and chronicler of the history of the Machins) is on the case. It will be interesting to see if it goes to a private collector or whether the BPMA or other museum will grab it.
There's an article about the auction in The Telegraph.
The auctioneer is Cuttlestones. There's a press release about the auction, with some biographical information about Machin. There's no word yet about how to get a catalog, but keep an eye on their web site. The stamp-related items from the Machin estate will be auctioned on October 1.