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Ergebnisbericht 2008

45 cooperation of Philasearch GmbH, was worthwhile when it came to the overall turnover – and therefore generated added value for consignors. During the auction sale of huge collections, in particular, a significant number of items were purchased by interested parties or propelled to higher price levels, with internet bids having a direct influence on events in the auction room. It was also pleasing to see that the internet bidders included some new customers who had not previously bought any items at Rapp auctions. This may also be read as a sign that, in these times of crisis, stamps once again have a value on the financial markets, as items for investment rather than merely as pieces to be collected. The superb range on offer, the ambiance that promoted successful sales, the ongoing interest from bidders throughout the world and a generally outstanding buying mood drove some individual pieces and many of the collections on offer to reach prices that we had not always predicted before the auction took place. This was true from the very beginning, for the Swiss items that opened the auction. Presented in an extensive se- parate catalogue volume, these items must surely have been the most comprehensive Swiss offering for many years. The individual lots and coll- ections from Switzerland alone generated revenue in excess of 5 million Francs. Besides the overall consistently high-quality of the items on offer (including some excellent FDCs and proofs that had never been seen be- fore) and an unrivalled selection of collections, the success of the Swiss offer could be traced to individual lots from the superb «Pilatus» coll- ection (Swiss postal history) and «La Collection Genève», both of which included rarities from this area of collecting. The towering success was undoubtedly the record final bid of 270‘000 (100‘000 – 150‘000) CHF for one of the best examples of the scarce 5 Rp. Rayon I light blue with completely framed cross. The final sales price of 348‘000 CHF reflects both the rarity and the beauty of this piece in particular. On the other hand, it illustrates the fact that collectors and investors seem to have ac- cess to almost infinitive amounts of money when it comes to purchasing very special stamps.